"A poor houseguest?" Culp sneers. "Ha! Thanks to Karkull, soon I'll have drained the power from Swift entirely, then I'll have form in the real world! I'll be the one to restore the Shade's reputation. Have you seen what this imbecile has done? Protecting Opal City. Protecting mortals. Befriending Starman! Once I'm back in charge, I'll kill off the last remaining members of the Knight lineage...except for maybe Stargirl. Maybe I'll keep her as a pet...or a broodmare."
"Once I'm back in charge, I'll plunge the whole world into darkness!"
Gloom: Of all the beings in the room, it is the silent Ian Karkull who is packing the most power. Richard Swift seems to be getting weaker, while Simon Culp gets stronger...stealing the power of the Shade through the black chair and bonds.