Once A Hero (Part 1)"
(includes the cover)
G. Jones (pencils)
Alexander, Vexlings. Amos
(Michael's Publisher), Hamster (Thea Hamston), Vex, Salvage, Mercy, The
Puritan, Judah, Peeper, Peaches, Galahad, Mr. Hamston (Thea's father)
Alexander encounters some Vexlings
in the substratum stopping a man from getting through a turnstile at
subway station. Michael helps the man but is attacked by a bunch of
in the process. Michael is tossed onto the subway train tracks and
into a moving subway car to get away from them. Michael takes the train
to meet his publisher.
his publisher, he's told that
his book sales on "Dark Dominion" were low and that publishing a new
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
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
known as Vex in the substratum. Vex tosses Michael away and then
from view. Michael gets the the Fire Engine moving again by getting rid
of Vexlings which are stopping it.
Michael goes in search of Mercy
for advice. He couldn't find her so he goes to the man named Salvage.
has not seen her either.
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
a monster from the substratum materializes and the Puritan uses
from his cane to send it back. Mercy is persuaded and offers to follow
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
Sheba had been impersonating her and that she is in her true form.
persuades Michael to help her.
Michael deep into the substratum
until they come to Galahad. Peaches asks Michael to keep his
brief because Galahad has been wounded fighting in defense of the
Galahad tell that he has been fighting on behalf of man since "before
birth of memory". Galahad asks Michael to become his succesor. Galahad
offers to teach Michael more about the substratum. Galahad takes
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
the substratum and win. Once again they transport atop the wings of a
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.
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
him. Michael shifts to the substratum where they are real. Michael
them. Her father falls asleep. Thea appreciates Michael helping her dad
and agrees to help revise his book.