(While Thorn, Frostbite, Shadow Stalker and HuBot are on SkyEye …) After several days of intense research, The Arc-Angel has come to the disquieting realization that he can’t do anything to aid Ange Tron. From the way the tests are turning out, he has determined that the result of her transformation is magical in nature, but beyond that he has made no headway and he knows he has no experience with working with magic. Luckily he was saved from having to figure out what to do with his sister by Agent Gibbs presenting him with a pair of power nullifying handcuffs (the ones that had been used to nullify the gibbon’s powers in the previous issue). After testing out the usefulness of the handcuffs (and yes, they nullified his powers), The Arc-Angel asked Agent Gibbs (who had gone to the kitchen for a fruit laden snack) to remove them. Agent Gibbs, of course, then explained that there were no keys and so they had to wait until Shadow Stalker returned to get free. While The Arc-Angel then went off to walk around the base, muttering most likely, Agent Gibbs explored the wondrous fruit drinks that Shadow Stalker had stocked the fridge with. By the time the other heroes had returned to base and The Arc-Angel was free of the handcuffs, Agent Gibbs was well and truly drunk (and loving it).
It then took very little convincing from The Arc-Angel to get Ange Tron to wear the power nullifying handcuffs (both on one leg, in such a way so that they were far less noticeable), and then Shadow Stalker took the young woman home.
That afternoon, HuBot received a call back from Francis Fabien. The detective was happy to say that he did have a job opportunity for Sveln and Njordos. HuBot (and the two ice giants) were quite pleased to hear this. But, in the process of arranging with Shadow Stalker to help transport the ice giants to Francis Fabien, The Arc-Angel finally became aware of HuBot’s secret base! Obviously The Arc-Angel wasn’t happy to find out that HuBot had hacked a hole in one of the base’s walls and had commandeered one of the base’s turrets, but he was less pleased with HuBot’s “pets” (Sveln and Njordos). Since a new home had already been found for the two giants, The Arc-Angel let HuBot off with a warning. (It’s probably a good thing The Arc-Angel didn’t find out about HuBot’s own base’s external exit…)
The following day HuBot, Shadow Stalker, Sveln and Njordos and arrived at the Tennel Enterprises building to meet with Francis Fabien. They were shown to a large service elevator, which took them down to the recently refurbished Tennel Enterprises basement. Here they were met by Francis Fabien who was eager to have Sveln and Njordos join a new group he is creating; a group designed to give people a second chance, while taking their exceptional powers and abilities into consideration. Francis Fabien made sure to point The Colt out to the heroes, as the young thief was also going to be a member of his new team. As the two giants were happy enough to go with the detective, HuBot decided it was a good time to go on patrol.
In the days following, emergency services continued to restore power to Stirling City. They pumped the water from the subway and cleared away the rubble caused by the Ice Giant attack (and maybe a little caused by HuBot). Almost a week after the attack, Mayor Shelton held a memorial service for all the brave heroes (police, emergency services, soldiers, MRC as well as the caped variety) who fought for the safety of citizens of Stirling City. At the Heroes’ Monument there is a solemn ceremony led by Scarlet Streak, where he unveils the Honour Roll to reveal the addition of Night Target to the list.
Following this memorial, there was another memorial at the hastily repaired Heroes’ Hall in New York. Here, The Eagle led a service of remembrance for Toxic Fumes, who (when he was called Smokey) had been the kid-sidekick of The Torch, and who had been in turn mentoring his own side-kick The Brand. Those two heroes in particular were still taking the loss of Toxic Fumes very hard (The Brand wasn’t even wearing her costume, just normal street clothes and a domino mask over her eyes). Afterwards, The Eagle then explained to those heroes present that despite the large range of “gimmick weapons” that the Heroes’ League had kept in their armoury (all of which had been decommissioned years earlier), the only thing that The Major had stolen was an alien artefact known as The Atomic Sword.
The Atomic Sword had been recovered from the engine of an alien battleship that had been invading earth’s solar system a year or so earlier. The sword had been the power source for the entire battleship. Up until now, the Heroes’ League had been unwilling to examine the sword too closely without figuring out some proper safeguards to put in place (as it was clearly a powerful and dangerous item). The Eagle promised those assembled that he would be personally looking into where The Major had gone to ground. In passing he also mentioned that aside from the Heroes’ League, only a few select members of the MRC had even known of the existence of The Atomic Sword…