Cog agrees to accompany Sam and Twitch back to their office to answer additional questions but vanishes from the moving '55 chevy. Back in Rat City, Al Simmons prepares for his reunion with Wanda like an eager groom. When he discovers that his face has returned to its burned appearance, he vents rage and frustration. Terry is uncooperative when Al wants to continue their plan to bring Wynn down. Meanwhile, Wanda becomes concerned when Cyan flies into a rage when the dog snatches her shoelace & pacifier.
The bums gather to commiserate on their lives and share stories and philosophies about their religious beliefs. Spawn diplomatically joins into the conversation and avoids heating the age old debate of God versus the Devil. Later, in another part of the alley, a gang of bums plot to rob and kill one of their own. When Spawn steps in to question their motives, they open fire on him. He collapses, wondering why his costume isn't defending him against this assault.
Sam and Twitch are called to the home of their client, Mrs. Byrd, whose husband has been murdered. As they drive away, puzzling over the scene of the crime, Cog mysteriously appears in the back seat of the '55 Chevy and asks them to help Spawn. Meanwhile, back in the alley, Spawn's murderer bags up the necroplasm as evidence of his death and takes it to his boss, the Freak. When the bums hear of their protector's demise, the battle for the alley begins.
Sam and Twitch discover the remains of Spawn, crucified and headless in a deep alley. When they attempt to remove the body, they find themselves between warring alley gangs. Just as Sam and Twitch gain control of the angry mass, the Freak takes Twitch hostage. During negotiations over the alley turf and Twitch's life, the worms, maggots, rats and flies revive their necroplasmic master.
Twitch is able to break free from his captor, the Freak, when he is distracted by Spawn's sudden appearance. Then, as Sam, Twitch & Spawn struggle to stop the slaughter in the alley, they feel their curious bond intensifying. Spawn tracks down the Freak, where he is drowned by the worms and insects. Meanwhile, Wanda again witnesses Cyan's psychotic behavior when she loses her soother and necklace out the car window.
While seeking a break from their detective work, Sam and Twitch stumble on to a chaotic scene in a lounge that defies explanation. The bar patrons are fighting violently while appearing to be in a trance-like state. They then observe someone kidnapping one of the girls. Losing the suspect, they later find the girl with her throat ripped out. Meanwhile, as Spawn surveys the aftermath of the alley war, he is attacked by a vampire (Wolfram).
Bootsy steps between Spawn and Wolfram, the vampire, to keep them from destroying each other. When Wolfram mentions a nest of vampires in the area, Spawn goes to investigate just as the police arrive and take Bootsy in for questioning. At the police station, Bootsy passes a cryptic message to Sam and Twitch. Elsewhere in an abandoned warehouse, a child is being tortured. Spawn breaks in, kills the abusers and releases the child who reveals an emblem blazoned across his belly.
Sam & Twitch encounter Cog in their office. Cog leaves them a dossier to help Spawn. Eddie Beckett, who found the bag of necroplasm left by the Freak, is stabbed in an alley. With the aid of the necroplasm, he morphs into the Heap, a ghoulish creature consisting of the rubbish mankind has discarded. As the heat in Manhattan climbs to 130 degrees, the angel Bootsy asks Cog to help Spawn. Meanwhile, Spawn encounters the Heap and is absorbed into the Heap's refuse body!
Sam and Twitch ponder the results of their research on Lt. Colonel Al Simmons. Meanwhile, Spawn continues to battle the Heap until he ends up engulfed by the mass of trash just as Cog and Bootsy arrive to save him. When Bootsy kneels to pray for help, he finds the sigil of the Hellspawn, a token signifying that Spawn is indeed gone. Elsewhere, Spawn falls into a dark space where the former Eddie Beckett awaits for him and points him toward a light source where he is welcomed "home."
Spawn has been thrown into the realm of Greenworld, a third power beyond Heaven and Hell. There he learns that the earth is under siege by man's relentless pollution and overuse of its resources. He is given the task to stop the war between Heaven and Hell in order to preserve Mother Nature. Back in the alleys, Bootsy prays for Spawn's return to earth and is removed from earth for interfering with mortal's lives.
Spawn returns from the Greenworld with his new mission. He spots Granny (Mary) Blake at the tomb of her late husband, Jack. Sensing Spawn's huge weight that he now must bare and the heavy heart he feels for Wanda, she tells Al about Jack. After her story, Spawn takes Granny to the Dead Zone and transforms Granny into her youth with her sight back, then enters Heaven and embraces her husband.
Spawn is led to a former church, now an archive of Hellspawn memorabilia. There, Cog tells Spawn of his own life as a Hellspawn, and how Spawn may break his curse. Meanwhile, detectives Burke and Twitch go looking for Spawn. After finding no sign of Spawn in the alleys, the two are confronted by a stranger. Also, Bobby is in despair, practically at rock bottom. After taking a bottle from a murdered drunk, he asks Heaven's forgiveness.
While Twitch lies in a coma, Sam unknowingly trades favors with Spawn for a miraculous recovery. Sam continues trying to solve the latest, seemingly senseless murders of the homeless but leaves the morgue with more questions than answers after the coroner shows Sam an unusual mark on the latest victim. Meanwhile, Spawn and Cog search a museum of antiquities for ancient answers to the mysteries of the murders and they also find an image of the same mark. Later, Spawn confronts Sam and a recovered Twitch about the results of their detective work even as another body is discovered and this time, itÕs a child.
Detective Silbert interrogates Bobby at police headquarters about his involvement in the recent alley murders. Bobby makes his one phone call to Dr. Sarah Frost and later she and Sam discuss his options. Meanwhile, Spawn ÒfeelsÓ the latest victimÕs death and vows to catch the killer of his people. Later, Sam finds Bobby almost dead near SarahÕs clinic. He breaks into the clinic to get help and finds a shrine of sorts from the killer relating to his victims.
With Spawn's help, Sam and Twitch surmise that Dr. Sarah Frost is the serial killer of the alley inhabitants. Spawn confronts her and witnesses her suicide by pesticides, a victim of her own imagined phobia. But when Sam examines Dr. Frost's body, he finds that now familiar symbol branded on her neck. Later, Sam and Twitch receive a cardboard box with a head in it and a cryptic message written on their office wall.
To everyone in the community, Mark Lucas was a good kid. He was always polite, attended church, did well in school, was quiet and never caused any trouble. But one day he brought a gun to church, shot a few people and later took his own life. Meanwhile, Sam and Twitch try to unravel the mystery of Billy Kincaid's apparent ghostly return and Cog and Spawn do some detective work on their own relating to the strange brands they have seen on the latest victims. Are all the seemingly isolated deaths somehow related?
Billy Kincaid's ghost taunts Spawn about the recent innocent murders. Not only has Spawn been unable to prevent the killing of innocent people, but Billy warns him that things are just getting started. Elsewhere, Twitch's wife and son become hostages on the commuter train. When Spawn intervenes to save the innocent people on the train, the gunman is inadvertently killed and becomes one of Billy Kincaid's ghostly crew. Later, Granny Blake feels Billy's ghostly presence and protectively warns him away from her family.
Spawn approaches Sam & Twitch again about discovering an effective way to stop Billy Kincaid from supplying Hell's army with souls. Meanwhile, a reassigned Jason Wynn hallucinates that he is as powerful, deadly, and ruthless as the legendary Genghis Khan. As he imagines himself "Jason the Conqueror," he opens fire on innocent people in a restaurant. Later, when he returns to reality, he finds himself dirty and disoriented in Spawn's alley where Bobby befriends him.
Twitch puzzles over the case of Billy Kincaid and forms a plan with Spawn to stop Kincaid from possessing innocent people, coercing them to perform unspeakable crimes and then sentencing their souls to Hell. Knowing his family is a target of Kincaid's, Twitch convinces Helen to take the kids away for a while. Later, his fears are confirmed when he and Sam receive a hit list with his family, the Fitzgeralds and Granny Blake named.
Sam and Twitch warn the Fitzgerald family to leave the city for their own safety until they can deal with Billy Kincaid's wrath. Knowing that Billy Kincaid occupies Police Officer Rafferty's body, Spawn, with the help of the alley inhabitants, surround and attempt an exorcism. In the heat of the battle, Twitch shoots Officer Rafferty to his great remorse at shooting an innocent family man.
After Cog is unable to reason with Spawn, the ghost of Al Simmons appears to him and they have a heart-to-heart talk. Spawn's epiphany comes when he kills his own ghost. He then returns to the alleys a changed man refusing to be a pawn in someone else's game. He announces to Cog that he is quitting.
Ethan Crone, accused by his editor of being obsessed with Spawn, interviews people from all walks of life around the city who may have witnessed Spawn and his mysterious ways. When he actually tries to spend the night in the Rat City alleys, Cog tells him that there is no Spawn and there never was: he was simply a ghost story told around the bonfires in the alleys.
A frightened child named Mary tells the story of her life with her mean, abusive stepfather. When Sam and Twitch investigate his untimely death, they rule it an accident even though it seems like they know their red-cloaked informant was meting out his type of justice. Meanwhile, Cogliostro meets with representatives from both Heaven and Hell to discuss the precarious balance of earth matters that has been disturbed with the resignation of their missing pawn. Mr. Hell leaves the meeting with a final threat to Cog that he needs to deliver Spawn to him quickly or else, while Ms. Heaven concedes that perhaps the will of God isn't quite what it used to be.
Spawn metes out justice to a highly respected pillar of the community who secretly enjoys child pornography. He later meets with a representative of Hell who becomes hostile and agitated when Spawn points out to him that without mankind Heaven and Hell are left with nothing to rule, nothing to fight over and essentially nothing to do. The demon appears to admit defeat when Angela appears on the scene.
Spawn finds three nervous young men in an abandoned house with the body of a dead Asian girl. All three tell different stories about her demise and the events leading up to it, but each of their stories point the fingers at each other. Justice is served when Spawn gives the knife and the opportunity to carry out the sentence to one of them. He then takes the unlucky knife-wielder away to carry out his own brand of justice.
Rene, a young runaway, has her bravery and pain tolerance tested in exchange for a place to stay in an abandoned house. Later, Mark, the master of the house, drugs her and begins a sacrificial ceremony when Spawn intervenes. And even though Mark demonstrates a hypnotic power over others he comes in contact with, he wants Spawn's powers. Mark makes Spawn an offer to exchange powers and lives.
Mark continues his attempts to persuade Spawn to exchange lives with him, claiming he is dying and knows he'll go to Hell and therefore, if he were a Spawn he could be a ruler there instead of a bottom-feeder. Spawn takes Mark on a tour of Hell, puts him through a ritualistic test that rids him of his terminal illness and begs him not to pursue Hell. When Mark still insists that he wants to be a ruler in Hell, he "accidentally" falls to his death with no arrangement as a HellSpawn.
Spawn is warned by the ghost of Al Simmons to quit interfering in the lives of others. However, Spawn's sense of justice cannot be squelched when he happens upon a group of 13 aristocrats whose boredom has led them to play a deadly game. As part of a coven, they participate in a sacred pact to hunt, kill, and eat each other. The plan was to continue until only one was left and he would have feasted on the souls of the other 12 and therefore have their collective power. He would then be the escort to a terrible beast called a Urizen.
Wanda takes Cyan to a child psychologist hoping to learn the source of her nightmares and inexplicable behavior. However, that widens the chasm between her and Terry as he disagrees with Wanda that Cyan has a problem and leaves during the ensuing argument. Later, Cyan is visited by a being who presents himself as Terry. She becomes frightened and leads the being to Spawn when she runs to him for protection. Wanda interprets Cyan's screaming as another nightmare and when they both fall asleep, Wanda dreams of Al. Wanda later finds out she's pregnant but wonders how conception occurred.
While Spawn and the ghost of Al Simmons confer in the cemetery, two demons inhabit the bodies of two car accident victims. They walk to the nearest diner where they carry out their earthly mission to kill 13 innocent people and then burn their bodies in a sacrificial circle. Spawn senses the evil vibes and goes to the burning hilltop to investigate. There, he is confronted by the ancient and powerful dark god, Urizen.
The demons' mission to attract Spawn to the area is successful when he arrives to investigate the 13 burning corpses placed in a sacrificial circle as bait for the mighty Urizen. In the ensuing battle, Spawn is badly beaten by the powerful Urizen and left impaled upon a pole where he is soon reclaimed by the Earth. Meanwhile, Wanda awakens from a nightmare about her baby to find Terry missing from their bed. Later, as the demons hasten to engage in some earthly sins before they are returned, Angela catches them and asks for an explanation of their mission.
Angela rescues Spawn from his impaled position and gives him the lowdown on their new mission even after she received orders on to act. Other angels debate the order, saying it is thier duty, their purpose to fight while others claim it is their job to follow orders. Spawn and Angela find Cog and try to pry ancient information out of him, but he is vague and uncooperative. Later, after Spawn and Angela leave Cog, they argue and even get into a bit of a tussle. Angela is surprised to learn that Spawn still hasnÕt figured out his earthly role. Meanwhile, Urizen is leading people to their deaths like a monstrous Pied Piper.
Spawn and Angela question the Earthbound demons, Ab and Zab, about their role in freeing Urizen upon the Earth. When they are unable to get information out of the demons, Spawn takes measures to temporarily contain Urizen while Angela halts an army of angels from going to war on EarthÕs behalf. Meanwhile, Terry and Wanda reconcile when WandaÕs doctor tells her that the babyÕs due date is much sooner than expected and therefore the conception was earlier than they thought. Cyan is haunted by a demon who knows she has a connection to Spawn.
Angela halts an army of angels from going to war on Earth's behalf and then comes to the aid of Spawn in his battle against Urizen. Together, harnessing the elemental power of nature, they return Urizen to an Earth-bound prison. Meanwhile, Terry rushes Wanda to the hospital while Granny urges Cyan to protect the Òsad manÓ by using her mind. After their victory against Urizen, Spawn and Angela question the Earthbound demons Ab and Zab and finaly learn that it was malebolgia who set Urizen upon the Earth.
While Wanda lies close to death, Spawn returns to the eighth level of Hell for a final showdown with a weakened Malebolgia. At the height of the conflict, Angela arrives to join in the battle. After mortally wounding Malebolgia and thinking him dead, Spawn and Angela prepare to escape; however, with his last breath, Malebolgia extracts Angela's lance and impales her with it. In a rage, Spawn decapitates Malebolgia with Angela's sword. Carrying Angela's lifeless body, Spawn delivers her to a host of angels who offer him forgiveness and redemption. He refuses this angelic pardon, but the angel who offers it can yet do one favor for Spawn: She appears in Wanda' hospital room and breathes new life into Wanda. Meanwhile, Spawn finally comes to terms with his place in the world.
Spawn returns to the home of Granny Blake to bid her a final farewell. He explains to Granny his belief that Heaven and Hell are two sides of the same coin and defends his decision to choose neither. Granny, however, will have none of it and refuses to let Al disparage her faith. Cogliostro is not letting Al off the hook, either, and tells him that the choice of what role he wants to take is not his to make; that by slaying Malebolgia, he has become Malebolgia's de facto replacement whether he accepts it or not.
At the end of her mental and emotional rope, Thea has a gift that can also be a curse: She can see when people are about to die. Spawn appears to Thea, but she's convinced he's there to harm her. Hell's opportunistic lords are quick to take advantage of humans in Thea's condition, and a smooth-talking, expensively dressed demon approaches her and reenforces her belief that Spawn is out to get her. The demon convinces Thea to give up her soul to him and then reveals, after it's too late, that Spawn was actually there to help.
Being a man of wealth and taste, Eric is a collector of war memorabilia. As his collection grows, begins to look for one-of-a-kind items that no one else can possess. The clerk in the store is more than happy to show him just such an item; a Nazi lamp with a lampshade of human skin, adorned with a rose tattoo. After making the purchase, Eric goes home to admire his latest acquisition; however, Spawn awaits him, and reveals the secrets behind how the lamp came to be.
ThereÕs something about the Miller boys that goes beyond mischievous. No one in the town of Malice knew how far beyond it would go. Preston Miller, playing near a natural rock formation called The DevilÕs Right Hand and said to be haunted, sees a vision of evil that possesses his very being. Preston is anxious to share his new power with his twin brothers. When the boys abduct young Mikey Maloy on Halloween night, they cross a line that forces Spawn to get involved
Overtkill returns and his mission is to bring back Spawn's head. But Spawn has become even more powerful since their last meeting, and it is Overtkill who ends up decapitated. The separated head gives Spawn the information he seeks: the name of the man who has financed and sent Overtkill. Meanwhile, there's a videotape of Spawn pulling victims of a plane crash from the water. The owner of the tape hopes to sell it to the highest bidder. Instead, he trades it for a bullet to the head.
Old enemies meet again as Jason Wynn completes a plan to bring Spawn out into the light. But this is a new Spawn; a Spawn with nothing left to lose and he pays a visit to the unsuspecting Wynn. Once, he would have simply killed Wynn, but Spawn realizes there are much more lasting ways to torture your enemy. Rather than use his powers to harm Wynn physically, he affects Wynn's perception, driving him insane and forcing him to exist in a living Hell for the rest of his days. Meanwhile, the threat of being exposed to the world is no longer something to be avoided; in fact, Spawn welcomes it.
When two warring mobs meet in a warehouse for a showdown, no one present expects the intervention of a third party: Spawn. Neither faction will win this night. In another part of town, in a dank and dirty bar, sits Wolfram, who is being paid a visit by Simon Pure. Little does Wolfram know that this tonight will be the last of his life. Elsewhere, in an arcade, a young man has just met an intriguing young woman. They are two seemingly lost souls who appear to have found a common bond; however, the young manÕs mother is worried about him, and calls his father for help. His father happens to be Twitch Williams.
Sam & Twitch summon Spawn in a vaguely familiar way, and ask for his help in finding Max Jr. Although Twitch has half the force out looking, Max Jr. is determined to not be found. Instead, he gets increasingly closer to his new friend, Dawn; however, Dawn is close to many others, and one particular friend is being initiated into the religious group, The Kingdom. Ab and Zab, meanwhile, are making money in the park from unsuspecting passers-by, preaching the gospel of Satan. And Simon Pure appears on a rooftop to let Spawn know he should not interfere in matters that are not his concern. While back at the station, Sam and Twitch are discussing the disappearance of Max Jr., but have their conversation interrupted when itÕs discovered that there are a number of dead bodies hanging in front of the precinct house.
Seven dead bodies are discovered hanging in front of the precinct house, nobody saw a thing and Sam and Twitch are the unlucky ones who get the case. Spawn, who is helping to locate TwitchÕs son, finds that even he needs help in discovering what sinister events are unfolding in his city. He assigns Ab and Zab to find out whatÕs going on. Dawn draws still-unsuspecting Max deeper into the cult known as The Kingdom, as elsewhere Spawn deals with other Kingdom followers who are about to take the law into their own hands.
As Sam and Twitch wait at the appointed hour, Spawn arrives with Ab and Zab in tow. They are carrying the head of Wolfram in a bag. The two detectives are more than a little startled when Wolfram, after some encouragement from Ab, begins to speak and tells them what he knows about Simon Pure and The Kingdom. While Max Jr. realizes he may be past the point of no return with Dawn and her friends, Spawn finds a warehouse that he suspects is Simon Pure's headquarters. The structure itself is indestructible, and though the young inhabitants are no match for Spawn, he comes face to face with a truly formidable enemy: Simon Pure himself.
A group of vampires join Simon Pure in his battle against Spawn, but the Hellspawn has experience on his side and causes a tidal wave that engulfs Simon and his followers, all of whom drown. Simon survives, but cuts off his own hand to escape Spawn's chains. Meanwhile, Twitch has an encounter with Max Jr. and Dawn, but it turns out to be only a dream... or was it? Spawn has a new plan to eliminate Simon and enlists the help of Ab and Zab, who have been reinstated as full demons, while Simon's plan to eliminate those who are sinners continues apace.
As Sam & Twitch request that Central Park be closed down, the Night of the Cleansing is already underway; but there is no one to be cleansed! Much to Simon's dismay, the entire city seems to be free from sin. Spawn has taken that burden upon himself. Elsewhere, Dawn is about to "save" Max when she meets an untimely end, courtesy of Ab and Zab. While Simon and his legion of vampires prepare to attack Spawn, Ab and Zab are in the Citadel of the Kingdom, busying themselves by building a doorway to Hell.
After apparently losing his son, Twitch Williams is on the verge of suicide, but Spawn will intervene before Twitch pulls the trigger. Out in Central Park, the Children of the Kingdom are gathering but have not taken into account Spawn_s allies. Nor have they considered the versatile Ab and Zab who, with the help of a magic marker, turn the Citadel into a pillar of death and a gateway to Hell for all the vampires. In the end, Max is saved, but is no longer a part of this world. And though it appears that Spawn has vanquished the Kingdom_s cult, he fails to realize, as a familiar face reminds us, that a gateway to Hell can also let things out.
Ben Nakadai has never embraced the adventure of business travel. His current trip to Japan is no exception. On his first night in the land of his ancestors, he has a restless sleep and dreams a cryptic dream that haunts him the next morning. In the hotel bar, he meets the mysterious Mykoto, who informs Ben that Nakadai is a storied name in Japan. Mykoto embarks on a tale of Ben's samurai ancestors, but the story abruptly ends when Ben receives a phone call. While reflecting on Mykoto's story, a violent thunderstorm erupts and it may well be a harbinger of violence to come.
Ben Nakadai is reluctantly visiting Japan, the land of his ancestors. In the ruins of an ancient temple, he discovers a golden box; a box that was left for him to find. Back at his hotel, Ben opens the cask. Meanwhile, Spawn can suddenly feel an uneasiness in the air, as ghosts begin to roam the streets and countryside. It is for Spawn to bring peace to these restless souls. Mykoto planned for Ben to find and open the golden box, and with that done, Ben himself is relegated to the spirit world. But in opening Mykoto's cask, Ben has also opened a door that will not soon be closed.
Eddie and Andy were children with an abusive father. After listening to Spawn, Eddie took it upon himself to kill his father and end the abuse. (See Spawn #29.) Now, after serving many years in a juvenile home, Eddie is free and looking for the evil being that he feels encouraged him to commit murder. Meanwhile, Cog, who is dying, knows his time to teach Spawn is now extremely limited, but Spawn has his own plans for his own future, the future of mankind and the future of Hell. At the same time, Eddie, who found religion while incarcerated, goes on a shooting spree at the bus station where he is critically injured, as is his plan; however, not even death can dissuade him in his quest to kill Spawn. He is reborn. He is The Redeemer!
Arising out of young Eddie's search for revenge on the Hellspawn, the Redeemer finds Spawn in the desert and intends to finally settle the score. As the battle between the two is taking place, the mysterious stranger visits Eddie's bedside in the hospital and reveals the truth to an unconscious Eddie that has always been impossible for him to admit: His father was an abusive, drunken brute. While the truth could kill Eddie, it has the Redeemer examining his own motives. After receiving a final crushing blow from the Redeemer, Spawn lays on the desert floor while two patiently waiting scorpions do what they have been sent to do: drag the Hellspawn down into the bowels of Hell.
Spawn envisions the lives of his predecessors, including his own past life as Al Simmons. Is what he's seeing real or imagined? If real, how will the scene he observes at his own funeral affect what he has always supposed to be true? In his original agreement with Malebolgia, he acquiesed to becoming a Hellspawn in order to be reconciled with his beloved Wanda; but were his memories of his marriage accurate? As Spawn descends into Hell with Cog at his side, will he finally abandon all connections to his previous world and take his place on the throne that he inherited from Malebolgia?
Old foes with new agendas are tormenting Spawn, drawing him down a road he may not be prepared to travel. Only SpawnÕs one-time mentor, Cog, now dying, can offer insight into the complex web being woven. Will revisiting the mistakes he made as a man relieve the pain that haunts Spawn in death? Or are some wounds too deep to ever heal?
Cog reveals both his origin as Cain and the contents of the mysterious box. Did the box actually contain a piece of the Garden of Eden, or did it only contain the dream of a perfect world? While keeping his word that he would never serve a day in Hell, Cog grants Spawn the one thing he has always desired: To return to earth, not as the disfigured Hellspawn, but as Al Simmons. Suddenly, on a rainy, New York night, Al finds himself in the middle of the city, apparently as a normal human for the first time in many years. When dealing with Hell, however, things are not always exactly as they seem as a shadow-less Al will soon find out.
Lacking both fingerprints and a shadow, a confused Al Simmons resorts to his natural instincts when he suddenly finds himself standing in the middle of a New York City street. As two policemen approach him, he violently lashes out at them, an act that lands him in a jail cell next to a violent killer that confesses his crimes to Al alone. As Al is taken from his cell to speak with a Public Defender, a shadow lurks in the darkness that surrounds the cell occupied by Al's self-confessed, murderous neighbor; it's Al's missing shadow, which has taken on a life of its own as Spawn! And while Al may not know who or where he is, he does remember one thing: Wanda.
While Al roams the city, enjoying the small things in life that he's missed for so long, a Wiccan is trying to contact the man with no shadow. Meanwhile, there are plenty of others who are interested in finding Al, including the people for whom he used to work. In the deepest, most secure part of a government building resides a mostly insane man who may still have valuable information about Al.
Al is a grateful man. After so many years of living with his chosen destiny as a Hellspawn, he'd forgotten the simple joy of being human; however, he should choose his new friends more carefully, since the Wiccan, Nyx, has plans for Al that look unpleasant at best. As Jason Wynn is being interrogated for information about Al Simmons, he is getting advice from the long-absent, opportunistic and apparently invisible Clown. With the Clown's help, Wynn appears not as crazy as originally thought. Meanwhile, Al has a dream that turns into a real life nightmare as he awakens to find himself physically restrained, with Nyx, his new best friend, about to plunge a knife into his chest.
Just when he thought the possibility of a normal life was looming before him, Al and his truant shadow are reunited, thanks to the misguided Nyx. It becomes clear that Al's "shadow" is actually Spawn, and the meddlesome Nyx soon realizes that, this time, she may be in way over her head. Meanwhile, Jason Wynn is hearing nothing but apologies and praise from those who had him locked away so long ago. They need his help and cooperation now, and Jason is prepared to take full advantage of the situation. Wynn and his new best friend have created a tenuous partnership, that you can be sure will eventually bring problems for Al.
Nyx persuades Al that he should try to right the many sinister deeds he has been responsible for, and starts by going back to the alleys to save Major Forsburg. Triumphantly, Jason Wynn and his new "co-worker" return to the CIA offices. Jason goes right to work, and asks for all the files on Al Simmons. At police headquarters, Twitch discovers that the man who had no shadow was also the man who's grave had been robbed, Al Simmons.