When the Creator (perhaps God Himself) said "Let there be light", the Original Darkness retreated and stayed inactive for unknown ages.
The Darkness stayed at bay until the world-shattering event known as the Crisis on Infinite Earths -- during which, a cult known as the Brujeria wakened the Darkness, in hope to destroy God and re-shape the world. John Constantine and the Swamp Thing are there to oppose the effort. Siding with them was a gathering of supernatural heroes, as well as parts of the angelic and demonic armies of Heaven and Hell. Another faction of Hell, led by the Demons Three, sided with the Darkness.
Other Names for the Shadowlands
- The Original Darkness
- The Great Darkness
- The Shadow Creature
- The Primordial Darkness
- The Ultimate Darkness
- The Ultimate Evil
- The Great Evil Beast
- The Primal Darkness
- ↑ As revealed in Swamp Thing, #46 (April, 1986); #47 (April, 1986); #48 (May, 1986); #49 (June, 1986)