Valkyrie flies on Aragorn to rescue Hellcat from the Nilffim/Arisen Tyrk splinter personalities while Dr. Strange and the others consider how to defeat the Unnameable with some advice from one of the local dwarfish Sputs. Strange magically heals the Nilffim's giant birds and makes them obey the Defenders.
Val's flight seems magically held back by the Unnameable, but eventually she catches up to the Tyrks. They battle, and Val is soon aided by the Hulk and the other Defenders, who quickly round up the Tyrks. Strange explains that they captured Hellcat so they could use her psychic powers.
Reunited, the Defenders fly up through a storm through the center of Tunnelworld, intending on arriving on the other side of the giant tunnel, a feat no one has ever accomplished. There, they will find a sorcerer named Xhoohx, who can help them against the Unnameable.
Back on Earth, Justice Department lawyers continue to try to track down Kyle Richmond, not knowing that he is Nighthawk and on Tunnelworld.
The Defenders run into a giant creature in the storm, which they manage to pass, and then battle a swarm of electrically-charged creatures. Finally the Hulk takes on a giant Beholder-style monster. Once it is defeated, the Defenders make it to the very center of Tunnelworld's empty space, where they float in zero gravity for a while, enjoying the experience.
After a brief rest, they continue to Tunnelworld's far side without problem, and prepare to find Xhoohx.