Quote1 New York has never been kind to me. But this time will be different! This time my retirement on the French Riviera is assured! For the bauble that portly woman hasn't yet missed -- will soon finance the most daring jewel heist in the history of this city! Quote2
-- Black Fox

Appearing in "Righteous Sand"Edit

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  • Unnamed Weapon Dealers (Only appearance)[1]

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Synopsis for "Righteous Sand"Edit

The issue opens with Sandman calling out 'Avengers Assemble' to impress a bunch of neighborhood kids. He is in New York with the Casada family who gave him a home under the impression that he was actually a man called Sylvester Mann. Since his identity has been revealed and his status as an Avenger leaked to the press, William Baker is asked to leave because of the attention being drawn to the family.

Meanwhile, Peter Parker is getting no respect from his wife despite reminding her that, he too, is a 'reserve Avenger'. Mary Jane has to leave for a 'Secret Hospital' shoot, so Peter relieves some stress by going out as Spider-Man. It seems a one-page recap is the extent of MJ's happiness that Peter survived his fight with Venom. Such is the life of Mrs. Spider-Man.

Peter stops by the Bugle and gets a tip from Ben Urich about an odd shipment going through the Brooklyn railyards. Urich doesn't have time to check it out himself, so he suggests that Peter go in his place. Sandman recieves the same tip from a bystander who saw suspicious activity and recognized Baker as an Avenger. Sandman checks it out to see camouflaged troops planning the movement of a nuclear shipment. At the same time, Peter is turned down for time at the lab due to overcrowding and decides to check out Urich's tip.

Sandman and Spider-Man reach the railyard at the same time, but not before Baker has some kid call the Avengers for back-up. Sandman tries to warn the soldiers guarding the nuclear shipment that 'there's gonna be a hijackin'!', but it's too late. Terrorist tanks and helicopters appear from the neighboring box cars to take the shipment.

The following four pages describe what a Sandman danger room sequence would look like in an X-Men title. The tanks attack Spidey and Sandman with gas, a water cannon, rubber bullets, and giant silly string. Naturally, our heroes survive each test but are distracted long enough to watch two helicopters fly off with the nuclear material railcar. Thank god the Avengers finally show up to stop them.

The next four pages describe what an Avengers danger room sequence would look like in an X-Men title. The Vision phases through the cockpit of a helicopter and scares the pilot, causing the flight to go off course. She-Hulk jumps from the Quinjet to the ground as Captain America throws his shield to break the wires holding the railcar. Thor catches the railcar in mid-air and lowers it gently into She-Hulk's grasp on the ground. The terrorists go on the offensive by firing missles at the heroes, but they are easily handled by Quasar. Finally, Sersi turns the helicopters into safety glass so when they crash all the terrorists will feel is 'bruises and acute embarrassment!'.

Captain America tells the Sandman that his judgment may have been off since this was a domestic situation and not a global or cosmic threat which the Avengers' new charter limits them to. Cap is trying to tell Sandman to be more careful in the future, but Baker takes it as though he's being fired from the team. Before he can explain himself, Cap watches with Sersi as Sandman storms off, contimplating a return to crime.

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  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks

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