Marvel Boy [Robert Grayson] (flashback); Fantastic Four [Mister Fantastic; Invisible Woman; Thing; Human Torch] (flashback); SHIELD [Nick Fury; Agent Donahue; Dum Dum Dugan; Gail Runciter]; Tony Stark [Iron Man]; Dr. Gilbert Vaughn; Dr. Stanley Zane [Agent T-20]; Dr. Madeline Reznek; Lisa Vaughn; William Wesley (Death); AIM; Quasar [Wendell Vaughn] (Origin); Deathurge (in look ahead to next issue)
Wendell Vaughn is temporarily assigned to the S.H.I.E.L.D. security detail guarding his father's investigation of the alien Quantum-Bands. A.I.M. attempts to steal them, but Wendell dons the Bands and single-handedly repulses the A.I.M. attack.