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Michael Cannefick was just another junkie languishing in a dark rehab shelter. Apparently born into a family of wealth, he found that life to be ultimately of little consequence and sought to drown himself in the paradise drugs offered him, tasting many different concoctions before ending somehow in rehab. Dreaming languidly, with his addled mind, about the visions the drugs gave him, Cannefick was unexpectedly unsnared into the spell Morgaine Le Fey engineered to create footsoldiers from dreamers around the globe. Taken into Castle Branek by the waves of power, his body and mind were changed by the energies of the Cosmic Egg, giving him the ability to alter reality according to his perceptions, and thus Trans-Volitional Man was born. Together with fellow dreamers Primat, Swachbuckler and Sun-Chained-in-Ink, he formed the Dreambound.

He has the ability to phase parts of him through reality, a power that was useful to steal Jim Gordon's pipe and infilitrate Arkham Asylum to reach the Joker. He then used his reality-warping powers to steal the Joker's laughter, giving Morgaine two of the items she needed to banish the Trinity. He also showed up at the Smithsonian exhibition the Dreambound attacked to retrieve the origin piece of Superman and at the lair of the monster Cottus at Themiscyra. At the battle for the coffin of Maxwell Lord, T.V.M. snuck away quietly with the skull to complete the spell.

After this, the Dreambound appeared inside a JSI detainment center in Cuba. It was T.V.M.'s powers that allowed him to remember and ultimately reassemble the Dreambound by giving the new Tattooed Man the powers of the dead Sun-Chained-in-Ink, though they again were recruited by Morgaine to assemble her Dark Arcana. It was during this period that the Dreambound, with the exception of the new Sun-Chained-in-Ink, started rejecting Morgaine's orders and bonded with S.P.H.E.R.E., Enigma's sentient orb of technology, and Konvikt, another of the ones temporarily chosen to usurp the Trinity's power. Despite their misgivings, T.V.M. fought against Tomorrow Woman in Metropolis and barely won, eventually leaving Morgaine with the Dreambound, plus the reborn Sun-Chained-in-Ink, and attacking her to allow a last-ditch attempt at imprisoning Krona forever with her own magic spell and the powers of Sun-Chained-in-Ink, the Void Hound, and Tarot.

In the end, he was acquitted of all charges by the testimony of Earth's heroes and was set free with the Dreambound to live their dreams.

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