- Together, we can utterly defeat whoever rises to oppose us! We OUTNUMBER the Avengers. For all their power, they will fall before our superior numbers.
- -- Baron Zemo
Appearing in "Rites of Conquest!"
- Masters of Evil
- Goliath (Erik Josten) (Joins team)
- Yellowjacket (Rita DeMara) (Joins team)
- Baron Zemo (Helmut Zemo) (Joins team)
- Moonstone (Karla Sofen) (Rejoins)
- Blackout (Marcus Daniels) (Joins team)
- Mister Hyde (Calvin Zabo) (Joins team)
- Fixer (Norbert Ebersol) (Joins team)
- Absorbing Man (Carl Creel) (Joins team)
- Titania (Mary MacPherran) (Joins team)
- Tiger Shark (Todd Arliss) (Rejoins)
- Wrecking Crew
- Captain America (Steve Rogers) (In Hercules' thoughts only)
- Sub-Mariner (Namor) (In Hercules' thoughts only)
- Joseph Edkin (First appearance)
- Mike (Bar Owner) (First appearance)
- Heidi O'Hea (Entertainment Tonight reporter) (First appearance)
Races and Species:
- Wrecker's Crowbar
- Thunderball's Ball and Chain
- Absorbing Man's Ball and Chain
- Captain America's Shield (in Hercules' thoughts only)
- Ebony Blade (in Hercules' thoughts only)
Synopsis for "Rites of Conquest!"
After months of planning and surveillance, Zemo's new Masters of Evil storm the Avengers' mansion and take Jarvis captive.
- First issue of the Masters of Evil's assault on Avengers Mansion.
- As recounted in Amazing Spider-Man#283, while the main force readies their assault, Baron Zemo gives Absorbing Man and Titania (Mary MacPherran) a side mission to meet up with another incoming operative at LaGuardia Airport. They never make their intended rendezvous with their "mystery associate" (later revealed to be Mongoose) thanks to the intervention of Spider-Man (Peter Parker).
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