After being rescued from the hell dimension lorded over by a demon who stole souls through a poster (Hell and Back), Matt O'Dare decided to clean up his act. With the help of Shade, he manages to do away with all of the men who could tie him to his bad days, leaving two men left. One, a man forced into crime by Matt and the other a mob boss. Matt reasons with the regular guy and asks for his silence in the matter. He happily agrees, as he can understand the plight. The mob boss is killed by Shade because he isn't to be trusted. Finally they come to the last person who knows about his life, Hope O'Dare. She forgives him and Matt begins his new chapter of life, eventually making Shade into a friend rather than an emotionally aloof ex-villain.