- Do you think there is anything Doctor Strange knows that I do not? The answer is no. Because everything he knows, I taught him. He is my greatest failure. And it is because of him your time is done.
- -- Ancient One
Appearing in 1st story
- New Avengers
Synopsis for 1st story
Victoria Hand is cursing in and around her car, venting that Steve Rogers placed her with the New Avengers, especially to put up with Luke Cage and Wolverine for the rest of her life. She then stops when the sky turns orange and demons descend on New York.
Meanwhile, Iron Fist has turned up in a dimension of complete whiteness. Two unseen entities are watching him, surprised that he did not dissolve into nothing as expected when the one of the entities brought him him, meaning that he has some sort of magical protection in this dimension. Iron Fist trying calling out but his pleas go unanswered.
Back on Earth, the New Avengers are facing the demons that have entered their dimension. Strangely, not even the magic-users can recognize their species. The New Avengers rush off to help the civilians, while the magic-users go to Doctor Voodoo's Sanctum Sanctorum to figure out what's causing this. Jessica Jones flies back to Avengers Mansion to take young Danielle to safety, only to meet the demons there. She tries fighting them off, but she's out of practise and is overwhelmed. Luckily, Hand comes in, priming a large energy bazooka, urging Jones to fly high, before she fries the demons.
Meanwhile, the magic-users arrive in the Sanctorum to search for a book that will help them find the dimension where Iron Fist is. Hellstrom takes not that it would take a very strong magic user to possess them like that. Voodoo admits that he's right, before lamenting how he failed in his duty as Sorcerer Supreme, how he failed his brother. Turning to Strange, Hellstorm ask who could've done this. Strange admits that he doesn't know.
Back in the unknown dimension, one of the entities recognize the symbol on Iron Fist's costume as that of the Molten Heart of the dragon Shou-Lao. That means that the sacred teachings Iron Fist was taught is protecting him. The entity tries bargaining with Iron Fist, as for some reason, he can't grab the Eye of Agamotto himself. Iron Fist refuses, stating that Strange will come for him. But saying that name has enraged the entity, who attacks him. Out of the white then comes the Ancient One, who reveals himself to be the mastermind behind this demonic attack.
Who is the true master of the mystic arts? Well, it ain't Doctor Strange and it ain't Doctor Voodoo. The bad news is he’s here and he is in charge. And he is gleefully ripping this dimension apart, piece by piece, in his search for relics of power. How are the legacies of Iron Fist, Doctor Strange and Wolverine connected? Find out here in this brand new eye-popper from Bendis and Immonen! Backup feature: Another brand new oral history of the Avengers chapter by Bendis!
- Includes Chapter 5 of "Avengers Assemble: The Oral History of the Earth's Mightiest Heroes." Continues in Avengers Vol 4 #4.
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