HEROES: Yellowjacket [Hank Pym]; War Machine; The Gauntlet; Justice [Vance Astrovik]; Henry Peter Gyrich; Triathlon; Baron Von Blitzschlag; Cloud 9 (1st); Hardball (1st); Komodo (1st); Trauma (1st); Armory (1st); M.V.P. (1st and Death); Thor Girl; Slapstick; Rage; Bengal; Wasp; Ms. Marvel; Wonder Man; Ares; VILLAIN: Ultimo; CAMEOS: Red Wolf; Stingray; Nighthawk; Constrictor; More
Gyrich and his core band of instructors recruit a group of young heroes for the secret government endorsed Initiative program and begin their training. During a combat simulation, M.V.P. is killed by Armory causing her to be removed from the program.