Avengers [Namor the Sub-Mariner; She-Hulk [Jennifer Walters]; Captain Marvel [Monica Rambeau]]; Marrina; Stingray [Dr. Walt Newell]; Heavy Metal [Super-Adaptoid; Sentry 459; Tess-One; Awesome Android (joins); Machine Man (quits)] (villains); Kubik (a Cosmic Cube, first as Kubik)
Heavy Metal attacks Hydrobase and the Avengers. Machine Man reveals that he has been waiting for the Super-Adaptoid to reveal its true intentions and helps the Avengers against the Adaptoid. The Adaptoid uses the Avengers' computer to find the Cosmic Cube and brings it to Hydrobase. The Cube arrives in a sentient humanoid form calling itself Kubik. The Super-Adaptoid duplicates Kubik's powers.