story begins with Michael Alexander
watching a news story on CNN about Chasm's new "smart building".
knows that he must go to the building to get Mercy who was kidnapped at
the beginning of issue #2. Upon entering the building, Michael
security guards in both the real world and in the substratum. Michael
back and forth between the real world and the substratum as needed to
to the elevator. Once inside the elevator he heads to the penthouse.
can "feel" the presence of Chasm once he gets to the penthouse. Michael
finds Chasm at his desk. Chasm mocks Michael and expresses wonder that
Michael took so long at getting to him. Michael demands that Chasm
Mercy. Chasm refuses. Michael threatens Chasm. Chasm manipulates the
field to send a ball of "hellfire" at Michael. Michael phases back into
the real world to avoid the burn of the Hellfire. He gets hit by a
bat in the real world by one of Chasm's thugs. The thugs continue to
Michael until he is knocked out.
awakens the next morning back in
the bowels beneath Grand Central Station. He is confronted by Leper and
others who were also beaten by Chasm's thugs. The next evening Charles
dines with Muriel and tells her that Michael started their dispute but
that he has no problem ending it.
up the next morning in disgust
about his financial situation. Michael struggles to cross back into the
substratum and when he finally does, he sees a "demon of doubt"
through his head. The phone rings and Michael is offered a job. Michael
locates Peeper and explains his situation. A Hollywood Studio wants to
option his book and make a film, but Michael wants to make sure Mercy
freed and safe before he leaves for California. Peeper tells Michael
leaving will be best because Chasm has no interest in Mercy other than
Michael's concern for her. Michael reluctantly agrees and books a
On the flight,
Michael is greeted by a
woman named Claire. Claire sits in the seat next to him. Michael enjoys
his flight with Claire until she tells him that getting away will
all the pressures he faces including a fear of failure. Michael
realizes that her presence is not a coincidence, and he phases into the
substratum and floats down through the plane back to Earth. Michael
on top of a bus and heads back to New York.
back and visits Leper. Michael
rallies all the homeless friends of Leper to go after Chasm.
They all storm Chasm's
"smart building". A man
named Cutback, greets them and tosses a finger (presumably one which
to Mercy) on the floor. Cutback phones Skinner and instructs him that
must prove how serious they are. Mercy pleads for mercy over the phone.
Michael phases into the substratum and walks through Cutback. Michael
Skinner in the act of cutting off another of Mercy's fingers. Michael
in and out of the substratum as necessary to both evade and attack
Mercy to go after Chasm.
When he gets to Chasm, Chasm is being attacked by "spiders of anxiety".
He calls to Muriel for help. Muriel is gone, so Chasm asks for his
to kill Michael. By this time, Michael's friends have arrived. Chasm's
henchmen decide not to fight them all. Michael gives a speech to Chasm
telling him that he's lost everything. He starts to leave and Chasm
On the way out, Lepers
friends, all homeless,
go to the executive dining hall where an out-of-view woman unlocks the
doors for them. They all feast.
The story ends with
Michael sitting at Mercy's
side in the hospital.
Wein is given writing credits
for issue #3 on the letters page to issue #4.
Dark Dominion #3 could be purchased as part of a "Collector Value Pack" with Warriors of Plasm #5 & Good Guys #1.
The "Collector Value Pack" came with the following trading cards.