Montana’s comatose body is rushed to the other-world market. After making it inside, Junpei and Phil scramble to find someone who might lend their expertise to the dilemma. At first they consider consulting with the Mayans who have dealings in the occult and arcane, but they remember a certain woman from a more civilized era that has a sorcerous bent. “Dame Mystery” appraises the situation, and offers up her services willingly, explaining that it is her station to combat supernatural threats such as this. She says that Montana can still be saved from his affliction but not without a bit of help through an unusual and dangerous task: delving into his consciousness to try and pull him back to the world of the living and resist the affliction that is transforming him.
Dame Destiny led them through a door in a wall and onto a what seemed to be an English estate. On it was a home that resembled something out of a BBC series. She confided that she had been sent from another place and time to provide help with supernatural matters until someone could assume the role of sorcerer supreme. Dame Destiny also confided that she cannot leave the grounds of her estate. Even so, she showed herself willing to help combat the vampire outbreak.
Junpei and Phil are given an enchanted compass that will help them find Montana in the depths of his own mind, and also will pull them out once the compass is open and closed thrice. When they initially appear, they seem to be in Astro City, but something is very wrong. There is chaos and violence in the streets, with military units sweeping through the blocks and helicopters buzzing overhead. In the distance billowing smoke from mass pyres flow upwards in black pillars.
They do their best to avoid detection and make their way towards the university, and see scarcely a soul wandering the streets. But the few that they do have something unsettling and sinister about them. It soon becomes apparent that the version of Astro City they are in is something of a premonition of the future, where a strain of vampirism has run rampant and turned the urban areas into a hellscape.
Meanwhile, Montana is adrift in his own mind. He wanders the once-familiar sights of his home city, now twisted into something demented and foreboding. He feels a power welling up within him, but he resists their “gifts” surmising that it would tempt him towards the fate of fulfilling the future around him. After seeing a park near his university ablaze with bonfires upon which bodies are being hurled, he made his way to Fox-Broome University.
He saw two men closing in on a young women. He took no action. The woman fought the men, who seemed intent on stabbing her, and fell on one of them. He approached, and saw her feeding on tehm.
It was Sylvia Cordero, now a craven bloodthirsty predator, and even his own future self as they tempt him into embracing his new identity and satiate his growing urges for blood.
Montana entered a lecture hall, following a strange bundle of dark tendrils. He encountered what seemed to be a vampiric future self. They answered each others’ questions. Vampire Montana proved polite and, at least to a degree, honest. Human Montana revealed himself to perhaps not be the man of reason that he supposed. Vampire Montana fled the scene and headed toward Astro City General Hospital where his daughter was apparently in a cancer ward with an unknown affliction.
Sylvia Cordero helped Montana gain access to the police-guarded subway. She knocked out his flashlight, and Montana developed the ability to see in darkness. Other supernatural powers also manifested under stress. Montana encountered two police officers patrolling the subway. He fought and defeated them but could not resist feeding on one that bled due to a bad fall. The blood tasted sweet.
Junpei’s sense of duty and loyalty gets the better of him and he seeks out his comrades of the Kazuma-guntai. He flies to his old headquarters and doesn’t get the welcome he expects; Sato and the others behold him with a sense of fear and confusion. He smashes through the window pane and guns are drawn, but he demands to know why his comrades are regarding him in this way. Stammering, his old allies mutter that it is impossible that he is back, that he had “turned” long ago into something else, and Junpei realizes in this future that he himself had become vamprically augmented further beyond his current form. Nonetheless, Junpei derives a sense of satisfaction seeing that the Kazuma-guntai thrives and endures despite the darkest of circumstances, and departs.