- And there he is. Norman Osborn. King of the world. That's so funny to me... because to us it doesn't look like you're in charge of anything at all.
- -- Molecule Man
Appearing in 1st story
- Molecule Man (Owen Reece)
- Beyonder (Illusion)
- Enchantress (Amora) (Illusion)
- Mephisto (Illusion)
- Zarathos (Illusion)
Synopsis for 1st story
Two girls drive into a small town called Dinosaur, Colorado, trying to escape one of the girls' cheating boyfriend. They stop by a small diner, where a few scared patrons warn them to leave. One of the girls, Ronnie, goes into the restroom, under the pretense of urinating, when she is trying to call her boyfriend. Then suddenly, when she touched a mirror, it oozed liquid, causing her to stumble back against the door to the cubicles, which comes down easily. The other patrons in the diner soon then turn to stone. There is a scream, before the girls' car is eroded away to nothing.
In Louisiana Bayou, Ares slashes Man-Thing in half. Ares relates an anecdote of how his father Zeus threw him in the Cave of Gibbon and they had to fight their way out; Venom is actually have sympathy for Man-Thing, which makes Ms. Marvel believe that his medications have turned him funny.
The next morning, at Avengers Tower, the Avengers sit down for breakfast, where Hawkeye and Ms. Marvel get on each other's nerves. Daken also uses his pheromones to agitate Victoria, but Osborn, in full armor, calms the situation. Victoria then debriefs the Avengers on the disappearances the two girls shown earlier, one of them is the secretary of state's daughter. He is calling the Avengers on a personal favor, as he controls the committee that controls the Avengers' financing. Hawkeye is predisposed to suspect that the girl's boyfriend, betting Victoria five dollars but she dismisses it, as the boyfriend was in Washington D.C. at the time; he rescinds his bet. Also, various people passing through Dinosaur, Colorado have all disappeared. Osborn sends the Sentry to check it out. As soon as the Sentry is away from the Tower, Victoria asked Osborn why he locked himself in his lab for two days and why he is fully suited up. He answers that he was calibrating new software. Meanwhile, Ms. Marvel is being flirtatious with Hawkeye. She then walks away, letting him see her take off her shirt, making him grin.
The Sentry lands in the middle of Dinosaur, seeing that the town is entirely deserted. He then sees someone in a hat but then an energy buildup on his hand engulfs him, causing him to explode. Osborn then gathers the Avengers and H.A.M.M.E.R. to deal with this situation. However, he pulls Venom off the mission for being emotionally unstable.
When Ms. Marvel lands, she begins to realize something but then the Helicarrier loses contact with her. Osborn tries calling a retreat but loses contact as well. He then appears naked in a dark dimension, before Molecule Man, the Beyonder, the Enchantress, Mephisto and Zarathos.
Oh hey, you know how Norman Osborn was once the Green Goblin but he got it under control and now he’s one of the most powerful people in the free world? Oh, and you know that whole thing about him being a ticking time bomb who could snap at any minute? Yeah... you might want to check this issue out. The smash hit of the year continues!!
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