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Quote1 They were both murdered the night of the Avengers reunion. And before you say anything, there's more. Looks like Hawkeye did it. Quote2
-- U.S. Agent

Appearing in "A Little Muscle"

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Synopsis for "A Little Muscle"

A bodybuilder named Wolfgang pays to an unnamed dealer to get steroids. After consuming them, Wolfgang goes into spasms, his muscles start twitching, and he collapses into a coma. When he wakes up, Wolfgang becomes a mutate. He has Hulk-like superhuman strength and the uncontrollable rage that goes with it. He goes in a rampage on the San Diego freeway. A police car arrives to face him, but he simply attacks the police.

Wolfgang starts throwing cars around. At this point, War Machine catches a flying car and decides to investigate what is going on. He blasts Wolfgang away from the police, then tries to reason with the berserker. Wolfgang believes that War Machine is simply jealous of him. He attacks the hero, but War Machine evades his punches and puts him in a headlock. Wolfgang breaks free and hurles the hero away.

Wolfgang next charges against the armored hero. War Machine launches two drone gun-platforms which succeed in confusing and distracting the berserker. The drones next bombard Wolfgang with phased alpha-waves, which slow his metabolism and push his mind into a shutdown. Wolfgang collapses and War Machine tells the police to call for medical attention and an expert toxicologist.

During the battle, Skye gets away from War Machine. She takes advantage of the distraction to escape his notice.

Later, US Agent meets War Machine and updates him on the Hawkeye. Hawkeye is blamed for the murders of Marilla and Yellowjacket (Rita DeMara). The Agent and War Machine contact the Black Widow to discuss the situation. All three agree that Hawkeye is innocent. After looking at the footage incriminating Hawkeye, War Machine wonders who could fix the footage so professionally that it looks real. He goes asking at Stark Enterprises and comes up with an answer, that only three people in the world have this capability: the technician giving him this information, Reed Richards, and Tony Stark.

War Machine deduces that Iron Man is the culprit and calls the Agent to tell him. They go to the Works to release Hawkeye. They have to face Cybermancer who tries to stop them. They fight and War Machine knocks her out.

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Publication Notes

  • This issue is reprinted in other comics and books, see references for more info.[2]

See Also

Recommended Reading

The Crossing
Prelude I: Iron Man #319 Prelude II: Avengers #390 Part I: Avengers:The Crossing Part II: Iron Man #320 Part III: Force Works #16
Part IV: Avengers #391 Part V: Iron Man #321 Part VI: Force Works #17 Part VII: War Machine #20 Part VIII: Avengers #392
Part IX: Iron Man #322 Part X: Force Works #18 Part XI: War Machine #21 Part XII: Iron Man #323 Part XIII: Avengers #393
Part XIV: Force Works #19 Part XV: War Machine #22 Part XVI: Iron Man #324 Part XVII: Force Works #20 Part XVIII: Avengers #394
Part XIX: Avengers: Timeslide Part XX: War Machine #23 Part XXI: Iron Man #325 Part XXII: Avengers #395 Aftermath: Age of Innocence - The Rebirth of Iron Man
The Crossing

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  2. This story is reprinted in the following comics/TPB's:



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