Vol. 1 Issue 22 is the twentieth-second issue of the first The Darkness comic series volume published from 1996. Its the second part of two-part "Wyrmwood" story arc.
Plot Summary Edit
The story opens up with Jackie and Mandolin attacked by the denizens of Wyrmwood. Mandolin regrets not staying in the car as Jackie fights with the denizens. One of the Wyrmwood denizens grabs Mandolin and tries to kill him, but Jackie's Darklings save him. The fight is interrupted by Emill Cruikshank, the sheriff of Wyrmwood and Jedidiah McMahon, the mayor of the town, who reveal to have taken Jenny as hostage and threaten to kill her.
Jedidiah tells that many centuries ago, Antonio Estacado built a settlement on the land of Wyrmwood. Antonio was planning to release The Darkness here in order to get rid of it. Differently from other hosts, Antonio didn't learned how to control his power and once released, The Darkness slaughtered everyone in Wyrmwood. Antonio then left the town, but The Darkness left a small part in Wyrmwood, causing all the denizens to be immortal, but also bind them to the town, never able to leave its premise.
Jedidiah reveals that Jackie could free them so they could remake the world in the image of Wyrmwood. Jackie refuses to do that and instead kills Emill, freeing Jenny from their grasps. He then asks Mandolin and Jenny to get to his car, while Jackie tries to suck up the town and its denizens into himself. While he manages to absorb the town, the cursed souls manage to escape.
That night, Jackie asks Jenny to stay, but she refuses, saying that she's leaving because she wants to find herself and not because of him. After kissing Jackie on a cheek, Jenny leaves again. To be continued...