it ended last issue, the Puritan asks
Michael to heal his son from the injuries he has sustained. Michael say
he is unable. The Puritan tells Michael that he will pay for his
The Puritan picks up his staff and blast Michael.
escapes, but once he does,
he discovers more Vexlings causing trouble. Vex shows up to give
more of a beating. Vex leaves again.
Mercy steps in to check in on
the status the the wounded Judah. The Puritan tells Mercy that Michael
could have stood on the side of the angels. Mercy gives the Puritan a
of Michael's book "Dark Dominion".
reading Michael's book, the
Puritan uses a rather naive and simple interpretation of the Biblical
"fear" and goes off on a tangent that Michael was not sent from God,
that he was. The Puritan heals his own son.
to buy Mercy some breakfast,
but when he finds her she's calling him Satan. She asks him to leave
then walks off herself.
Michael has no
opportunity to ponder the
implications before a messenger from Mule hovers above him. Michael
to see Mule. Mule warns Michael that he became trapped in the
when he went there to avoid pain from his injuries. Mule also tells
that Chasm has disappeared (which the reader knows is to the Org of
Mule seeks an alliance to stop the Puritan. Michael rejects an alliance
and tells Mule not to contact him again.
back and discovers the Puritan
has been a very positive effect on the town. The normal demons and root
growth are receding.
By this time,
the Puritan is ranting that
he cannot save New York from it's wickedness and that it must be
for it's sins. Michael appears and says "who died and made you God?"
and the Puritan debate their motives and role. Judah sides with
The Puritan is angry and assaults both his son and Michael. As the
anger grows, the demons all flood back into the city. A battle ensues
polarizes Judah against his father. The Puritan summons the almighty to
punish the wicked. At that point, the Puritan himself is struck down by
lightning. A pile of salt is left where his body had been. Judah grabs
his dad's staff and walks off.
Vex appears at the end
of the story to offer
his allegiance to Michael since Chasm has disappeared. Michael rejects
the offer. Michael looks around and sees the root growth has grown back
worse than ever.
story features the Twin Towers
in New York and The Puritan calls them "The temples of Sodom, The