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    Levi Kamei

    Character » Levi Kamei appears in 33 issues.

    The new Swamp Thing.

    Short summary describing this character.

    Levi Kamei last edited by SlamAdams on 01/23/23 02:52PM View full history

    Origin

    When Levi was 16, he moved to the United States to attend Columbia on a biology scholarship. After college, he got a job with The Prescot Company. They used Levi as a spokesperson to sell a land grab in his hometown in India, disappointing his family and leading to community protests. One such protest is met with government suppression, and Levi’s father is shot by police. In response, his mother performed ancient rites to call upon the spirits to empower Levi’s brother, Jacob. These spirits would forsake Jacob and choose Levi instead.

    Creation

    Levi Kamei debuts in The Swamp Thing (2021) #1 by Ram V and Mike D. Perkins. His debut series was originally greenlit for 10 issues but was extended to 16 thanks to popular demand.

    Major Story Arcs

    The New Avatar of the Green

    Stalking the Suicide Squad
    Stalking the Suicide Squad

    After returning to New York City, Levi was plagued by dreams. During these dreams, his mind would leave his body and possess a Swamp Thing body produced by native plant-life in Arizona to confront a villain known as The Pale Wanderer. He confided this in his longtime friend, Dr. Jennifer Reece, but their investigations into his mind pulled both of them into The Green. Separated from his friend, Levi would encounter previous avatars of The Green. Alec Holland informs Levi that he was chosen by The Green to combat a new contagion that is warping it. Poison Ivy helps him anchor the memory of the first avatar to stabilize his powers, and The Floronic Man tries to manipulate Reece to control Levi but fails.

    Later, Harper Pilgrim, head of The Prescot Company, reached out to Amanda Waller to put Levi on her radar. She had the Karizanga swamp bombed to draw Levi out and sent Peacemaker in with a small Suicide Squad to capture him. One of the squad members, Nightmare Nurse, did magic surgery on his soul, investigating his memories for the trauma that The Green attached itself to. When she found it, she offered to remove it so The Green would disconnect from him and he would no longer be Swamp Thing. Levi denies the chance, accepting the power of The Green for now.

    After fighting off the rest of the Suicide Squad, Levi is confronted by his brother, who has transformed into a monster and embraced his inhuman nature as Hedera. It was he, who was responsible for the contagion in The Green. Levi tried retreating, until a potted plant shared the memory of Reece being kidnapped by Prescot goons. He heads to the lab where they are keeping her, but Hedera is already destroying it. Levi attack his brother to stop the destruction, but when Pilgrim uses the nitrogen failsafe to freeze them, Levi shields and saves his brother, nearly dying in the process.

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