- I -- I don't know how to raise him. I don't know how to talk to him. I don't know -- what to talk about. ... My father -- I had to flee his court to find my way. I don't want the boy to run from me so he can find his. But I can see -- if I take him from you now -- I know he will. I don't know what to do. ... Know this. If the boy dies in battle with you... ... That won't stop his grandfather from striking you down and making it his pleasure to watch you burn in the eternal fires of Hades.
- -- Ares
Appearing in 1st story
- Dark Avengers
Synopsis for 1st story
Victoria Hand attempts to access the vault where Osborn is in, telling him that the Secretary of Defense is calling. Osborn denies the call, so Victoria bluffs that he's on a mission. But once she's gone, Osborn calls for help.
In the Bronx, Ares wakes up his son, Alexander. As Alexander eats breakfast, the news is reporting the recent Avengers activity in San Francisco. Alexander questions his father's actions; Ares proclaims that it was the right thing to do. Alexander also voices that many people think that Norman Osborn is a monster; Area jokes that he should meet his grandfather; he is asked if he is right to work with a madman; he answers yes; he is asked how is he sure; Ares slams his fist on the table, before telling his son that he's late for school. Once his father's out of sight, Alexander comes out to meet Daisy Johnson, who gives him a ride. Unknown to them, Ares is following. He tracks them to a barber shop, which is a disguise for Fury Safehouse 7, where the Secret Warriors are meeting to review on Advanced Idea Mechanics. Outside, Ares bursts in, sounding the alarm. Hellfire reacts only to be knocked out. Ares demands to Fury as to what his son is doing with him; he answers that he's training him in use of his powers. Fury tells his team to leave while the grown-ups talk. Ares admits to Fury that he wanted to raise his differently than how his father raised him but now he doesn't know what to do; all the while, Alexander is listening in on this. Fury admits that he doesn't have an answer for this; Ares asks his son if this is the path he chooses; he answers yes and his father accepts it, thus allowing Alexander to meet with his team without sneaking. Once he's gone, Fury orders the Secret Warriors to vacate the premises, as he can't risk anyone finding out about their base, as Osborn has psychics who might peer into Ares' mind; Hellfire wakes up and Fury congratulates him for living to talk about fighting with the God of War; he tells Daisy to always keep eyes on her back.
At Avengers Towers, the Avengers are having breakfast. Ms. Marvel noticed the Sentry flying up to his watchtower; Bullseye expresses his belief that he's down right crazy and might kill them all; Victoria assures them that everything is fine; he repeats her sentence.
In the watchtower, Robert Roberts arrives home to find his wife Lindy pointing an alien gun at him. Realizing how insane her husband of his refusal to let her go, she shoots him in the face, which is barely heard by Bullseye.
In the vault, there is a slight beep.
Poor Marvel Boy... he had no idea how sinister a gang the Dark Avengers actually is. And now he is running for his life. And poor Ares, he has no idea where his son goes while he is off being an Avenger. And now he is going to find out. And when he does... there will be hell to play. Guest-starring Nick Fury and the Secret Warriors. Oh, you heard that right. Ares versus Nick Fury! You know when Stan used to say 'nuff said? This is the kind of thing he was 'nuff saiding about!
- This takes place between Dark Avengers #13
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