story begins with Michael Alexander
being tossed into a steam pit deep beneath Grand Central Station in
Chasm prematurely gloats at the demise of Michael. Michael ascends from
the pit in his Quantum form to find Chasm and his henchmen gone.
is sickened by the human remains he saw at the bottom of the pit. He
out to Mercy who was dragged off by Chasm. Michael is attacked both
and mentally by monsters in the substratum. Rather than fight them, he
just enters the real world again and ignores them. A man named Leper
and introduces himself. He offers to help Michael find Mercy. Leper
Michael to a man named Peeper. Michael finds out through Peeper that
has been taken above. Michael departs for the surface.
home, avoids the neighbors,
flips on the television and mulls over the whereabouts of Mercy. The
ends with Michael watching a CNN news story that features Charles Mal,
billionaire industrialist. Michael realizes that Chasm is Charles Mal.
Quotes: "Defending DEFIANT has
cost us $200,000 and literally hundreds of man-hours. I believe that
was Marvel's real purpose--bleed us, waste our time, slow us down,
us, maybe even put us out of business. Killing competitors is one way
protect market share."1
Jim Shooter (commenting on Defiant's lawsuit with Marvel Comics)