- —Electro to numerous super-villains
Appearing in "Breakout!: Part 1"
- Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew) (First appearance)
- Daredevil (Matt Murdock)
- Luke Cage
- Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
- Captain America (Steve Rogers)
- Sentry (Robert Reynolds)
- Electro (Max Dillon)
- Elektra Natchios (Shadow only)
- Purple Man (Zebediah Killgrave)
- Centurius (Noah Black)
- Bushwacker (Carl Burbank)
- A Blood Brother
- Grey Gargoyle (Paul Duval)
- Armadillo (Antonio Rodriguez)
- Shockwave (Lancaster Sneed)
- Mister Fear (Alan Fagan)
- Typhoid Mary (Mary Walker)
- Vermin (Edward Whelan)
- Mandrill (Jerome Beechman)
- A Brother Grimm
- Molecule Man (Owen Reece)
- Controller (Basil Sandhurst)
- Jigsaw (Billy Russo)
- Scarecrow (Ebenezer Laughton)
- Slug (Ulysses Lugman)
- Griffin (John Horton)
- Fantastic Four (Mentioned)
- X-Men (Mentioned)
- Avengers (Mentioned)
- S.H.I.E.L.D. agents
- Raft Personnel
- Melvey (First appearance)
- Carnage (Cletus Kasady) (Mentioned)
- Crossbones (Brock Rumlow) (Mentioned)
- Tiger-Shark (Todd Arliss) (Mentioned)
- Mister Hyde (Calvin Zabo) (Mentioned)
- Wrecking Crew (Mentioned)
- Sauron (Karl Lykos) (Behind the scenes)
- Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards) (Mentioned)
- Lindy Reynolds (Mentioned)
Races and Species:
- S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicopters
Synopsis for "Breakout!: Part 1"
Matt Murdock, Luke Cage and Foggy Nelson meet with Jessica Drew on the Raft, the Maximum-Maximum Security Installation of Ryker's Island. The quartet is ushered through the Raft to see Murdock's client. The Raft holds the worst of the worst, eight levels of super-powered serial killing maniacs, including the Purple Man, who Luke Cage holds a personal grudge with. Getting inside an elevator, they travel eight levels underwater to the bottom level where all of the generators suddenly power down.
Not restricted to the Raft, the entire city of New York is plunged into darkness. Civilians have a moment to ponder this power outage when a lightning bolt tears into the Raft.
Spider-Man piggy-backs a ride to the island on the underside of a S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicopter, one that gets hit by a stray lightning blast causing it Spider-Man to plummet to the river. Spider-Man swims through the freezing water and is greeted on the Raft by the helicopter's official passenger, Captain America.
Meanwhile, inside the Raft, Electro materializes out of a ball of lightning, collects the person he was freeing, and to cover their escape, frees the remainder of the prisoners.
As explosions rock the Raft, Murdock makes Jessica Drew take them to his client. Opening his cell, Murdock pleads to the disheveled hermit for help. When asked, Murdock reveals that the man is the Sentry, the most powerful super hero on the planet, serving a voluntary sentence for killing his wife.
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- The events in this issue take place six months after Avengers Disassembled. Chronological analysis suggests that in the time since the Avengers convened for their last official meeting and announced their disbanding (Avengers Finale), several key events take place:
- In or around this interim period, Jessica Drew is contacted by Hydra to resume her Spider-Woman identity. She takes this information to Nick Fury who tells her to accept secretly as a S.H.I.E.L.D. double agent. Immediately upon regaining her powers, Drew is then abducted by the Dard'van sect of Skrulls and impersonated by Queen Veranke.
- Henry Pym and Janet van Dyne travel to England and end their on-again-off-again romance acrimoniously. While still abroad, Pym is also taken by the Skrulls.
- Wolverine is kidnapped and brainwashed by a partnership of another Hydra faction with The Hand led by the mutant Gorgon. They turn Logan against the hero population and are opposed primarily by Nick Fury and Elektra Natchios.
- Elektra relocates to Japan and is abducted by Skrulls who then use her persona to position themselves as head of The Hand.
- Jarvis is kidnapped by Skrulls at some indeterminate point after the Avengers' official disbanding. His alien doppleganger (first appearing in New Avengers #3) alludes to Jarvis taking a vacation during this time. It is presumable that this is true and possibly the circumstance of his abduction.
- Captain America, Spider-Man, Daredevil, the Fantastic Four and X-Men deal with the fallout of Nick Fury's Secret War against Latveria. Fury is deposed as head of S.H.I.E.L.D. and goes underground. Shortly thereafter, he discovers the Skrull invasion plot and begins building his Secret Warriors team(s).
- Shortly before the reformation of the "New" Avengers, Cap, Iron Man and Jessica Jones have their initial encounter the Young Avengers and battle Kang The Conqueror on the ruined grounds of Avengers Mansion.
- This issue spans a very short amount of time, with the possibility of a day or two in between Electro getting the job and the attack. Pages 3 through 22, next issue and the flashback scenes on pages 3 through 9 of New Avengers #3 all occur during the same evening, presumably taking place over the course of no more than an hour or two.