Appearing in 1st story
- Illuminati (Disbands)
- Bree Robbins
- Unnamed U.S. Marshals (Corpses)
- Dormammu (Invoked)
- Kobik (Mentioned)
- Elektra Natchios (Mentioned)
- Whirlwind (David Cannon)
- Black Talon (Samuel Barone) (Cameo)
- Eel (Eddie Lavell) (Cameo)
- Mentallo (Marvin Flumm) (Cameo)
- Whiplash (Anton Vanko) (Cameo)
- Night Phantom (Travis Hoyt) (Cameo)
- Blizzard (Donny Gill) (Cameo)
- Chemistro (Calvin Carr) (Cameo)
- Numerous unidentified former Pleasant Hill inmates (Cameo)
- Avengers (Mentioned)
Races and Species:
- Earth (Main story and flashback)
- United States of America (Main story and flashback)
- Ten Realms (Mentioned)
Synopsis for 1st story
After being rescued from Pleasant Hill by the Hood and Titania, the Absorbing Man makes it his mission to recruit the other villains who had their minds tampered with to the Hood's Illuminati so they can exact their revenge on S.H.I.E.L.D. The Hood meanwhile, tracked down his wife and daughter who are in witness relocation after reporting on him to S.H.I.E.L.D., to New Mexico. Despite his wife making it very clear that the Hood is the only one to blame for losing his family, he chooses to blame S.H.I.E.L.D. for turning his family against him.
In Brooklyn, the Absorbing Man and Titania save the Scorcher from being recaptured by S.H.I.E.L.D. after he escaped from Pleasant Hill, telling him of the Hood's plan to gain revenge on the spy organization. Titania, however, isn't as enthusiastic about the Hood's plan as her husband.
That evening in Manhattan, Thunderball went to his girlfriend Sally's place, and explains to her that he is going to look for a new job as he is tired of others telling him what a "better life" is supposed to be.
In Greenwich Village, Sylvie Lushton is confronted by the real Enchantress who is angry at the girl for impersonating her. As punishment, she banishes Lushton to the harshest of the ten realms.
At the Hood's House of Hell, many criminals who were victims of Pleasant Hill gather together to hear the Hood's big plan of how they can get their revenge. Somewhat unhinged after his conversation with his wife, the Hood comes in and claims that what the villains really need to do in order to attain their revenge is to kill the families of the Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D. and anyone else who opposed them. Titania questions this plan, stating that messing with people's families is crossing a line and she has no interest in it. Many of the others also decide that they've heard enough. The Hood then reveals that it was him who caused the issues for Titania while she was working at the pawn shop and that he used dark magic to amplify her powers, before teleporting everyone present into the centre of Times Square, telling them simply that they are on their own. Believing that his cloak is messing with his mind, Titania overpowers the Hood and takes the cloak, ripping it in half. She then tells her husband that she has accepted that they will never live a "normal" life and that she is happy doing what they do best together: fighting for survival.
AVENGERS: STAND-OFF AFTERMATH!
• It’s recruitment day! The villains of the Marvel Universe are pissed off after the events of Stand-Off, so naturally the Hood sees a perfect opportunity to enlist them into the Illuminati. But what he has planned next could sicken even the most hardened of criminals...
• But will Titania continue working with The Hood or focus on saving her marriage to Absorbing Man?
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