When the Fantastic Four and the Avengers sacrificed their lives to destroy Onslaught, Franklin Richards, the son of the Fantastic Four's Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman subconsciously created a pocket universe to save their lives. There they spent an entire year reliving living new lives "reborn" into a reality where they had recently gained their abilities that vaguely mirror how they gained their powers originally.
This new reality was entirely populated with recreations of these heroes old allies and foes, including an entire population of individuals unique to this reality all with their own uniquely manufactured histories, among them was John Barnes. John is the grandson of Richard and Peggy Barnes who were associates of Captain America during World War II, and the older brother of Rebecca "Rikki" Barnes. The fate of John's parents are unknown, however it is possible that they are deceased as he and Rikki lived with his grandparents in their home in Philadelphia.
John and his friend Gus would become disenfranchised youth and become easily indoctrinated into the World Party a political party that had a platform that was thinly veiled white supremacy front and he and Gus would attend on of their rallies despite Rikki's attempt to stop them from going. The group was led by a man named Alexander who was known as Master Man, a Nazi super-soldier active during World War II. His World Party would be financially backed by the Red Skull who, with a stockpile of nuclear weapons, hoped to ethnically cleanse the United States of non-white races. John would become a devoted member of the organization, shave his head and leave him to live at their Philadelphia headquarters.
Fearing for her brother, Rikki would put on a crude costume and go after her brother. Running into him at the World Party headquarters he was willing to shoot her if she went to the authorities about the groups plot and she would be strapped to a nuclear bomb by the Red Skull. She would eventually be freed by Captain America and knock her brother out with a single kick to the face. John's fate remains unrevealed, but it's presumable that he was taken into SHIELD custody.
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