In 1894, in Stone Lake, Manitoba, Jacob Mullin and the other locals had discovered a pestilence that was killing their livestock. They went into the woods where they found lots of rot and decay. That night they were attacked by the Rot, which had taken over the bodies of the two officers with them, and Jacob's eyes began to bleed. Jacob was saved by Swamp Thing, who was Jack Crow, who also explained how he became Swamp Thing and how the three elements of life must be in balance. He explained that the Red and the Green needed to team up to put the Rot back in balance. However, Jacob saw a vision of the modern Animal Man and discovered his family was in danger. He used his new powers to rush to their aid and found that Catherine, his daughter, and Margaret, his wife, were already taken by the Rot and Swamp Thing had to kill them. He found his son, Henry, still alive back at his house along with some other villagers. They were attacked by the Hunters Two of the Rot and Jacob was able to defeat them and made them retreat. The Hunters promised they'd be back when the Red and Green were weak.