story begins with Michael Alexander
in Mexico searching for a substratum refuge called Avalon. While there
he is attacked by some Aztec style demons. Frustrated with his attempt,
he then transports himself to Bangkok. Again, his quest makes no
so he transports himself to Duluth, Minnesota. While there he stops for
a bite to eat.
Upon ordering breakfast,
he starts conversing
with a substratum being named Styx. Styx informs Michael that he is to
ferry him "across the barrier to Avalon".
Michael skips out on
breakfast (leaving a nice
tip) and leaves with Styx. Micheal is delivered to a floating city
as Avalon. While there, Michael notoces the city is preparing for war.
Galhad comes out to meet Michael, but Styx leads him away to the ruler
of the city. He is led to High Lord Thrakahl. Thrakahl tells Micheal he
may be the only person that can help them. He shows Michael what
to be a wooden box. He tells Michael that a "young man with a powerful
mind" believes there is something special about it. He asks Micheal to
get the box.
Micheal the he can detect
resonate energy signatures and that this box has been touched with a
energy. He asks Michael to expand his senses.
back in the substratum, Mule
tells his minions that he is taking over the substratum and he wants
very same box Michael was sent to get. Mule sends his followers out to
get "the kid, and the box that activates him".
By this time,
Michael lands in Hollywood,
California. Mule is already there in the home of young Reginald Jackson
(whose alias is "Nobody"). Mule tries to enlist Reginald and his
to make his wish come true. Michael's quest for the box leads him to
Michael's search leads him to a homeless man that has the box in his
cart of collected items. Michael offers to buy the box, but the
man is under the impression it belongs to him. Just as Michael begins
open it, he's ambushed by Nobody and Spellcaster from the Good
Mule's minions come on the scene. Michael and Nobody fight them, but
become part of the real world to steal the box. Spellcaster throws a
door in front of them after the steal it, but the door will
won't accept the box as the two monsters pass through it. After
settles, Michael introduces himself to the kids and they agree to let
take the box.
Michael hands the box to
Thrakahl in Avalon and
Thrakahl opens it to find nothing. Thrakahl spout the words "crazy
and getting crazier" and throws it into a fire (presumably thinking it
is nothing important). Nobody's hand reaches into the fire and the
ends with him in the shadows clutching the box. Nobody has apparently
a ride to Avalon and now has the box in his grasp.
Note: This box mention in this
story is the same box featured in Good
Guys #1. There is no mention as to
exactly how Mule knew about
this box. The closing teaser at the end of the story reads "Next Issue: