After capturing Stanis Grackleflint outside Kevin's apartment, Mirth decides to interrogate him. With help from Sean's ability to ooze fear, Stanis cracks and reveals that Mirth is the reason the darkness can track their movements so easily. Mirth's position as the most powerful magician on this plane of existence makes him easy to spot for anyone attuned to magic. With help from the Umbra Sprite, Stanis attempts to escape. Kevin stops the attempt, but his apartment is burned down in the process. Mirth decides to leave the group, submerging himself within the computerized ATM network where he cannot be traced. He leaves Sean to advise Kevin, and as a parting gift he gives Kevin a magical ATM card.
In the back-up Grendel story (which began in issue 6), and 18-year-old Hunter Rose adopts Stacy. There is a trial, but he writes a novel about her in only 3 days, which persuades the public that he should be allowed to do it. The anthropomorphic wolf, Argent, goes into hiding due to the mishandling of the Barry Palumbo case, but eventually comes back and starts to hound Grendel. Grendel is happy for the challenge and begins to plot against Argent in return.