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The Arizona team was from the 50-State Initiative. As the team worked to help civilians during the Secret Invasion, 3-D Man and the Skrull Kill Krew attacked. They reveal Desert Stars' member, the Blacksmith, to be a Skrull.[1]

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Blacksmith fought the Stars and the Kill Krew. The Skrull took down most of the team during the battle and sliced off one of Komodo's arms with its shield. The Skrull was finally taken down with a laser blast which went right through Komodo and into Blacksmith. Komodo healed quickly because of her lizard regenerative powers. The rest of the Stars were all injured, but the whole team survived. Before dying, the Skrull posing as Blacksmith stated that there was a Skrull infiltrator in every Initiative team. Komodo left to help 3-D Man and the Skrull Kill Krew find the Skrulls who have infiltrated the other Initiative teams.[1]

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Desert Stars

  • Two-Gun Kid - (Matthew Hawks), was appointed team leader.
  • Komodo - (Melati Kusuma) is a former graduate student of Dr. Curt Connors (aka the Lizard). She uses Connors' regenerative lizard serum to modify her own DNA . Connors later registered her for the Initiative and she was sent to Camp Hammond to be trained. Komodo was later appointed to the Initiative team for Arizona the Desert Star.
  • Johnny Cool - (John Hashimoto) has the ability of cryokenisis and can emit freeze blasts. Johnny Cool is injured when Blacksmith is revealed to be a Skrull.
  • Supermax - (Edward Black Wolf)
  • Blacksmith (Skrull) - (Jerry), was revealed to be a Skrull infiltrator.




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