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Dark Dominion 7

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Dark Dominion 7
Story title:  "Vexed; Once A  Hero (Part 1)"
Date April 1994
Cover Price:  $2.50
Pages 36 (includes the cover)
Writer(s) Len Wein
Penciler/Artist(s):  J. G. Jones
Cover Artist(s):  J. G. Jones (pencils)
Inker Mike Barriero
Colorist(s) Tim Perkins
Letterer:  Rod Ollerenshaw
Editor:  Ed Polgardy
Characters Michael Alexander, Vexlings. Amos (Michael's Publisher), Hamster (Thea Hamston), Vex, Salvage, Mercy, The Puritan, Judah, Peeper, Peaches, Galahad, Mr. Hamston (Thea's father)
Known Variants: None
Notes/Plot Summary
 Michael Alexander encounters some Vexlings in the substratum stopping a man from getting through a turnstile at the subway station. Michael helps the man but is attacked by a bunch of them in the process. Michael is tossed onto the subway train tracks and climbs into a moving subway car to get away from them. Michael takes the train to meet his publisher.  
 Upon meeting his publisher, he's told that his book sales on "Dark Dominion" were low and that publishing a new book is not something the publisher can afford to do. The publisher informs him that if he wants his book published, he needs to present it as Science Fiction, not fact. Michael leaves. 
 On his way across town he encounters a stalled Fire Engine. The Fire Engine is being stopped by a huge creature known as Vex in the substratum. Vex tosses Michael away and then disappears from view. Michael gets the the Fire Engine moving again by getting rid of Vexlings which are stopping it. 
 Once again Michael goes in search of Mercy for advice. He couldn't find her so he goes to the man named Salvage. Salvage has not seen her either. 
 The scene shifts to Mercy in a crowd. She is listening to the Puritan who is with his son Judah. Mercy questions the Puritan to ask how she is to know he's the Lord's chosen. While answering, a monster from the substratum materializes and the Puritan uses soul-fire from his cane to send it back. Mercy is persuaded and offers to follow the Puritan. 
 Michael goes looking for his friend Mercy by asking Peeper. Michael find Peaches by Peepers side and demands that she turn to her true form. Peaches tells Michael that a shape-shifter named Sheba had been impersonating her and that she is in her true form. Peaches persuades Michael to help her.  
 Peaches lures Michael deep into the substratum until they come to Galahad. Peaches asks Michael to keep his conversation brief because Galahad has been wounded fighting in defense of the substratum. Galahad tell that he has been fighting on behalf of man since "before the birth of memory". Galahad asks Michael to become his succesor. Galahad offers to teach Michael more about the substratum. Galahad takes Michael's arm and transports them to the great wall of China. They transport once more to the great mosque at Hebron. Together they fight some monsters in the substratum and win. Once again they transport atop the wings of a jet. On the wing of a jet, Galahad reveals the Quantum field itself. Galahad tell Michael that the demons are now striking at the hard world itself, and that he is unable to fight in that realm.  
 The scene shifts as Michael transports back to New York and meets Thea. Michael pleads for help in getting his book published. Thea says she could lose her job if she helps. At that moment, Thea's drunken father comes home. Her dad sees monsters all around him. Michael shifts to the substratum where they are real. Michael kills them. Her father falls asleep. Thea appreciates Michael helping her dad and agrees to help revise his book. 
Observed Prices 
Price  Date Store Location
$2.00 4/25/04 Mile High Comics