Appearing in "Darkness, Part 1: Advanced Mechanics"
- Dark Avengers
- Warden John Walker
- Iron Man (Tony Stark)
- Ant-Man (Hank Pym) (First appearance)
- Doctor Strange (Stephen Strange) (First appearance)
- Wasp (Janet Van Dyne) (First appearance)
- Tigra (Greer Grant Nelson) (First appearance)
- Clea (First appearance)
- Wong (First appearance)
- Iron Force (First appearance)
- A.I.M. (First appearance)
- Hawkeye (Clint Barton) (Mentioned)
- Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff) (Mentioned)
- Thor (Mentioned)
- Reed Richards (Mentioned)
- Ben Grimm (Mentioned)
- Marine Captain John Walker (Mentioned)
- June Covington (Mentioned)
- Barney Barton (Mentioned)
Synopsis for "Darkness, Part 1: Advanced Mechanics"
The Dark Avengers and Warden Walker have ended up in parallel world, captured by that world's Iron Man. Iron Man and Hank Pym wonder who they are, as they don't match their counterparts of their universe. Iron Man assumes that Mr. Fantastic is responsible for Ragnarok and flies off, while Pym stays behind to disable the Dark Avengers' control nanites and replace them with their own control devices. As he gets to work, Toxic Doxie begins to regain consciousness.
Meanwhile, Skaar regains his senses and asks himself how he got from Sharzhad to Manhattan. He is then attacked by a squadron of Iron Men, who assume him to be a cheap knockoff of the Hulk. He briefly fights them but an army shows up. Then someone grabs Skaar and carries him away. His rescuer is Moonstone. She explains that when the Quinjet fell out of the sky due to Doxie's sabotage, she flew up to intercept, at the same time, Man-Thing opened a portal to save them, but has sent them to another universe.
Before they could plan their next move, they accidentally stumble in Strangetown and are caught by its mystical defenses. As soon as Doctor Strange whisks them away, two men in yellow armor emerge from a portal, wondering who the two strangers were.
Meanwhile, Pym is trying to figure out how to restore a microscopic Wasp to normal size. He protect against her against a protozoan. Despite her pleas to be put out of her misery, he refuses, believing he can restore her. Then suddenly, his motor functions are controlled by Doxie, who forces him to free her before reworking his control implant to force him to serve her. She then asks about this universe's Iron Man's operation. Pym explains that Iron Man seeks out capable recruits to integrate into his armors. They never take them off, for the suits feed them and removes wastes. Upon hearing that the lab has a multitude of scientific endeavors, Doxie becomes intrigued.
Meanwhile, in Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum, he interrogates Skaar and Moonstone. As the former is deemed too dumb to pry answers with his magic crown, he tries it on Moonstone, who explains they come from another universe. Intrigued, Strange mind controls them both, intending to use the newcomers to tip the balance of his turf war in his favor.
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- This story will be reprinted in the trade Dark Avengers: Masters of Evil.