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By Tim Stevens
As the cliché goes, bad things come in threes.
As the residents of Camp Hammond will find out on February 29 in AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE #22, clichés become clichés for a reason.
Still reeling from the revelation that every Initiative team—with the exception of California's Order—had been infiltrated by the Skrulls and in the midst of fighting for their lives against Thor's clone, Ragnarok, the Camp finds itself playing host to some notable former residents.
Fans will recognize the uninvited guests as the team of former New Warriors who broke away from the program in the wake of the "Killed In Action" story arc. When last seen in AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE #12, the group, taking the name Counter Force, pledged to keep watch on the Initiative to
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prevent any abuses of power it might lead to. Now, they have reclaimed their former moniker and returned to Camp Hammond. They could be the Initiative's saviors or yet another nail in the coffin.
"They had another reason for coming, [besides Ragnarok]," teases INITIATIVE writer Christos Gage. "And it could prove to be the worst thing to happen to the Initiative in its short and tumultuous history!
"Justice and company left the Initiative because they felt it had twisted and perverted the ideals on which it was supposed to be based. They are determined to see the Initiative answer for the wrongs it's done, one in particular. What happens as a consequence isn't as important to them as righting that wrong, but that may turn out to be a grievous error in judgment."
As dire as things may seem in the thick of this battle, Gage quickly points out that neither Ragnarok's crazed rampage, nor the New Warriors' quest for justice represents the most pressing threat to the Initiative. To find that menace, fans need
to look a little farther up the chain of command.
"Norman Osborn wants to remake [the Initiative] in his image. Consider that for a minute. Think about what that would look like. Do you still want a team in your state?
To see if Camp Hammond can possibly survive and what Osborn's plans might mean for its future, readers must head to the stands on February 25 and pick up AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE #22, part two of "The Initiative: Disassembled" written by Christos Gage and drawn by Humberto Ramos! And for more INITIATIVE, head over to Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited.
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