The Unofficial Defiant Comics Archive: Dark Dominion 0
 
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Dark Dominion 0
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Story title:  "None so Blind..."
Date November 1993
Cover Price:  None (see special notes)
Pages 36 (configurable in different ways)
Writer(s) Jim Shooter, Steve Ditko
Penciler/Artist(s):  Steve Ditko
Cover Artist(s):  Uncredited
Inker Keith Wilson, Grey
Colorist(s) Marcus David
Letterer:  George Roberts
Editor:  Deborah Purcell
Characters Michael Alexander (1st Appearance), Lionel, Mercy, Adam Corcoran,400px Madame Consuela, Chasm, Skinner, 
Known Variants: None 
 
Notes/Plot Summary
The story begins with Michael being established as a "weirdo" and "crazy" to some of his neighbors. Michael begins his day by visiting McDonalds for breakfast and then stopping by to visit a homeless woman who we later find out is named  "Mercy". Michael has no luck introducing himself, so he next visits a book store to see how his books are selling. It is established that he has two books published "Beyond the Imaginary Limits" and "Dark Dominion". Michael exits the book store and talks with Madame Consuela, a fortune teller who claims to see his aura and makes a bad prediction for him. Her prediction comes true as he walks away and is cornered by street thugs. Michael cleverly evades his attackers and it is established that he harbors no fear. 
Michael arrives at home and makes notes about strange things he's been seeing out of the corner of his eye. He rushes out  to meet the homeless woman "Mercy" again. He tells her that he is able to see the same things she sees. "Mercy" agree to help show him around to the new things he is now seeing. Michael asks about a growth, Mercy shows him the origins of the growth in the bowels beneath Grand Central Station. It is here that Michael oversees Chasm (Charles Mal) ordering Skinner to torture a man. Michael interferes and is attacked. Michael escapes fearlessly, and in his escape he inadvertently shifts into the Substratum adjacent to the material world. It is here that he encounters previously invisible monsters. He also runs to protect Mercy who is being attacked. Chasm catches up and attacks him with fire in the Substratum. Michael shift back into the material world and escapes Chasm. Chasm is then gone. Mercy and Michael leave the bowels of Grand Central Station. Mercy gives Michael the nickname "Glimmer" as in "Glimmer of Hope". 

Special Notes: This "comic" is bought separately and pieced together. It consists of a card binder with empty 9-pocket sleeves and cards which were bought separately. The cards were randomly mixed into packs and the process of creating a "set" usually involved buying more cards than necessary to fill the binder. Special cards were also available, and there is no set way to configure the binder. Character cards are typically placed after the story cards, but these cards were available as foil version or non-foil versions. "Level 1" and "Level 2" chase cards were distributed into the card packs at much smaller quantities, so these cards are much more difficult for collectors to locate. This binder  had some mail-away offers available with it, but some or all were never actually distributed. 

This is believed to be the "mail away" back cover art for the Dark Dominion binder:

Dark Dominion Binder "Mail Away" Back Cover Art

After completing this story, it was announced that legendary artist and creator Steve Ditko had creative differences with the scope of the project and would not contribute further. In the press releases it was stated that he did not wish to participate in a project of this type that merged fantasy with reality. A more detailed explanation was not provided. 
According to later editorials and solicitations, any future rereleases of this story this story were to be redrawn and released without Steve Ditko's art. Dark Dominion #0 never appeared in any other form. 

Additional Notes: Read the Dark Dominion #0 script.

 
Observed Prices 
Price  Date Store Location
$19.95 
(Binder and card set on sale)
5/2/04 Mile High Comics www.milehighcomics.com
$15.95  
(Binder only)
5/2/04 Mile High Comics www.milehighcomics.com
 
 

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