- My name is Maya Lopez. They also call me Echo.
Appearing in "Ronin" (Part 3)
- New Avengers
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Synopsis for "Ronin" (Part 3)
Harada reveals that he was kidnapped and taken prisoner by the United States, and asks Captain America why. Captain America says that the Avengers had travelled to Japan to find that out. Meanwhile, a man in a suit insists Harada lead the Hand ninjas to victory against the Avengers. Harada attacks the ninjas instead, until Iron Man releases a 'concussion blast' that, while detonating in an enclosed area, takes out only the ninjas and the man in the suit, leaving everyone else standing.
Luke Cage asks Iron Man why he didn't do that earlier when they were fighting ninjas, and he replies that the Avengers were in the way - however, Harada was in the way when he did do it and seemed unaffected... *sigh*
Harada tries to speak with the Avengers and make some sense out of recent events, but Luke Cage punches him. Captain America stops him from doing it again, and Iron Man explains that Harada's was one of the files retrieved from SHIELD that listed its subject as dead, when clearly he is not.
Cap tries to explain that SHIELD was responsible for Harada's situation, not the US government, and even goes so far as to say that America is not the Avengers' country.
The Avengers leave, and take Viper with them. While they fly home, they see Harada has gone to the press with what happened. Iron Man declares the Avengers will soon have to reveal themselves to the press, too. Luke Cage and Spider-Man pester Ronin to find out who he is, and guess Shang-Chi and Iron Fist. Cap tells them to stop.
Spider-Woman looks at Cap. Spider-Woman looks at Viper, who is tied cocoon-style. Spider-Woman looks at Jarvis. Spider-Woman looks at Spider-Man and Ronin. Spider-Woman's hand goes near a door release. Spider-Woman's hand touches the door release. Cap turns around to see Spider-Woman's hand touch the door release. The door is released.
Cap and Viper fall out, Spider-Woman jumps out and catches Cap. Ronin insists she can fly the quinjet, so Iron Man jumps out and saves them. Iron Man says there is no sign of Viper. Cap and Ronin give Spider-Woman dirty looks, as the others wonder how Viper freed herself.
Back at Stark Tower, Ronin tells the New Avengers that he is going back to Japan to keep an eye on the hand and heard that Elektra is running it now. Iron Man asks him about financing, but Ronin couldn't hear so Cap told him and Ronin said he has plenty. Iron Man and Cap ask Ronin about flying the Quinjet and he told them that he saw someone do something that he can do it to. Cap asks Ronin about willing to go down distance in this and Ronin agrees doing it. Iron Man asks Ronin who he really is.
Ronin takes off the mask and reveals himself to be a deaf woman who can mimic someone else's actions, has photographic reflexes and has the hand mark on her face and her name is Maya Lopez, also known as Echo and she gives them a dirty smirk looking cross like on her face to the New Avengers shocked and wondered why it was a woman instead of a man!
The next morning, Jessica Drew is eating cereal. Steven Rogers says good morning, grabs a glass of milk, sits down, and asks Jessica "Who are you working for?" Jessica Drew is surprised that Steve asked her that.
Appearing in 2nd story
- Circus of Crime
- Death Tiger
- Captain America (Steve Rogers)
- Iron Man (Tony Stark)
- Thor (Only in flashback) (Cameo)
- Delroy Jenkins
- Miss Parker
- Ant-Man's Ant (Only in flashback)
- Captain America's Shield
- Captain America's Uniform
- Hawkeye's Bow & Trick Arrows
- Iron Man Armor MK IV
- Ant-Man's Helmet (Only in flashback) (Cameo)
- Ringmaster's Hat
Synopsis for 2nd story
The Circus of Crime has crashed the wedding of Hank and Jan at Avengers Mansion. After the melee, it is noted that several SHIELD agents providing security have been killed. The Circus of Crime did not do this and the Panther appears to find a clue as he looks at one of the bodies. The Captain America and Iron Man all agree that the Circus of Crime attacking the assembled Avengers was foolish (even for them).
The Government is very concerned about Hank Pym and his nervous breakdown. He undergoes a full batteries of tests that appear to say he is sane and stable. However, he resigns as Avenvers Chairman.
Later the Black Panther, under his alias, Luke Charles is teaching in a Harlem public school. He is concerned about young Delroy, a bullied student, and urges him not to use violence against his tormentors. However, Delroy brings a handgun to school. However, at the same time, Luke Charles is attacked by his Wakandan nemesis the Death Tiger. Death Tiger is about to kill T'Challa when Delroy riddles him with bullets.
Appearing in "Battleground: Pittsburgh!"
- Inferno (Joseph Conroy) (Main story and recap)
- God (Invoked)
- Thor (Referenced)
- Numorous unnamed civilians
Races and Species:
- Pennsylvania (Main story and recap)
- Iron Man Armor MK V
- an Uru fragment from Mjolnir (Recap)
- Mjolnir (Referenced)
- Captain America's Shield
- Captain America's Uniform
- Falcon's Wings
- Ms. Marvel's Suit
- Wasp's Suit
- Bio-Synthetic Wings
Synopsis for "Battleground: Pittsburgh!"
In Pittsburgh, Iron-Man and Wonder Man are facing off with the new menace Inferno, who has just destroyed Wonder Man’s signal device to summon the Avengers. Both of them are repulsed by the angry molten menace.
Inferno stalks a terrified Tim Turpin, the co-worker who caused Joe Conroy's death. He causes the murderer's own demise when he is crushed by a drifting barge. Just before he dies, Turpin sees Joe Conroy’s prized Uru fragment embedded in Inferno’s hand, and Turpin realizes who he is dealing with as he dies.
The rest of the Avengers arrive and join Iron-Man and Wonder Man in combat against the creature who is menacing motorists on the Liberty Bridge.
Stalking across the city, Inferno overturns a cable car to distract the pursuing Avengers. The team stop their pursuit long enough to save the lives of the car’s passengers before once again going after the flaming creature.
Inferno's real target is revealed to be the steel mill owner, Vince Paretta. Inferno corners the fleeing Paretta at his home. When he holds out his hand to Paretta, showing him the Uru fragment, the mill owner realizes it is Joe Conroy and panics. He confesses that he was in debt to the Maggia, which necessitated the urgency to sell the mill. Paretta also admits that he knew Conroy was suspicious and ordered Turpin to kill him.
The Avengers arrive just in time to hear Paretta's fearful confession. Cap corals him and warns him that he will be going to jail for what he did.
Having achieved his vengeance, the fiery Inferno feels no need to continue on. He reflects on his now lost life as Joe Conroy, including a wife and son. Sadly, he turns and walks away into the nearby river, extinguishing his fire and apparently drowning himself.
Appearing in "The Verdict of Zeus!"
- Jane Foster
- Ares (First modern age appearance)
- Artemis (First appearance)
- Hephaestus (First appearance)
- Hera, Queen of the Gods
- New York City, New York State
- Mount Olympus
Synopsis for "The Verdict of Zeus!"
Continued from last issue...
Thor returns to New York City where a crowd of people ask him questions about his going feud with Hercules. Thor finds that crowds questions to pressing and is given a escape when a taxi driver offers to get him out of the scene. As Thor has the driver take him to the apartment building where Jane Foster lives, the cab driver waxes philosophical with him.
Meanwhile, in far off Olympus, Zeus is being entertained when suddenly Pluto arrives to hand over the signed Olympian Pact, that has made Hercules ruler of Hades thereby freeing Pluto from his centuries long rule of the domain. When Zeus believes this to be a trick, Pluto shows him the signed document and presses the ruler of the Olympian Gods to follow the rule of the pact. Elsewhere, Hercules has arrive in Olympus to seek his fathers aid, his travels are slowed when he must fight off a Titan that gets in his way. When Hercules finally reaches Olympus, he finds that he is too late and Zeus demands that he honour the pact and go to Hades and rule. Zeus gives Hercules an opportunity to get out of his bind, all he need do is find someone who is willing to fight for him.
Back on Earth, Thor arrives at Jane Fosters apartment and meets her new roommate Tana Nile, whom Thor finds very strange. Tana admits that she is from a far away place, however doesn't explain her origins, and when Thor presses Jane for more information she unfortunately does not know much else about her new roommate either. Thor once more pledges his love with Jane, and expresses his interest in marrying her. Because a God cannot marry a mortal, Thor decides to go to Asgard one last time and demand his father take away his godly heritage so that they may wed. A decision that Jane is happy with, but is concerned. The couple are unaware that the whole time Tana has been secretly listening in on their conversation and has plans for Thor, plans of which require his godly might and she plots to insure that Thor does not return to Earth.
Thor meanwhile, travels back to Asgard where he finds Balder waiting for him. Balder explains to Thor that something has Odin disturbed and that he has been sent out to find Thor as quickly as possible. Odin, not allowing Thor to explain his intended plans tells the Thunder God that he must travel to the realm of Limbo to prepare through the Doorway of All Worlds as a prophesy that will effect three worlds is about to pass. Thor has no choice but to agree and allows Odin to transport him to Limbo to wait until he is needed.
Back in Olympus, Hercules attempts to get aid from his fellow Gods to fight for him. Hercules attempts to get the aid of his enemy Ares to fight on his behalf, to which the God of War refuses. When his time to find someone runs out, Pluto appears to gloat as his minions rise out of Hades to take Hercules to his new realm. However, it's at this moment that Odin dispatches Thor from Limbo, having him appear in Olympus. Thor arrives believing that Odin wishes him to battle Hercules, however when the Thunder God witness the Prince of Power being dragged into Hades by the minions of Pluto, Thor realizes what he must do, and challenges Pluto and fight on Hercules' behalf.
This story is continued next issue...
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