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Quote1 The delicate balance of cosmic order must be restored, Boomerang! ... Events erred on the side of order, so Sagittarius and I are creating co-equal chaos-- Quote2
-- Libra

Appearing in "D-Day!"Edit

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Synopsis for "D-Day!"Edit

The story begins where the previous issue ended. The New York City Police Department intends to arrest a team of the Defenders for a Day which is led by Hercules, and a team of the villainous Defenders which is led by Sagittarius. Both Sagittarius and Hercules protest the decision, and each accuses the other team of being impostors and thieves. The unnamed leader of the police officers is enraged with the situation and seems tired of listening to them.

Hellcat intervenes and explains that she and Hercules are former members of the Avengers. She tries to use her Avengers' I.D. as evidence, but she finds out that she had forgotten to take the I.D. with her. Hercules has his own I.D. with him and offers it to the police for examination. The police officer can not tell the difference between a real and forged I.D.. He still doubts Hercules' claim that he is a hero. Sagittarius expects that the truth will surface eventually. He instructs Plantman to prepare to escape, and to pass the word to the other villains. Soon Plantman uses a giant plant to escape, while the Beetle and Whirlwind fly away. The rest of the villains escape on foot.

Hercules commands his team to chase the villains. The police is helpless to stop them. The enraged leader of the police shouts that the Defenders will still pay for all the damages they caused. The fleeing villains enter Grand Central Station and accidentally frighten civilians, while simply trying to escape. Beetle and Whirlwind briefly converse about their doubts that Sagittarius knows what he is doing. Batroc takes the lead in trying to escape through the subway. The heroes also enter the Station, following the White Tiger who seemingly knows the area.

The White Tiger manages to grab the fleeing Batroc and starts grappling with him. The two rival teams of Defenders begin to fight. Hercules punches the Blob. His punches have no effect on the Blob, who mocks Hercules for being a "pantywaist". The White Tiger continues to fight Batroc, while Iron Fist takes down the Looter. Whirlwind fights Captain Ultra. David finds his opponent's colorful costume to be an eyesore. The Beetle expects the defeat of his team, but then notices an approaching subway train.

The Beetle takes control of the train and gets rid of the driver. The rest of the villains quickly enter the train to escape. Electro prepares to use his electricity to increase the speed of the train. The Black Goliath grabs hold of the last railroad car and uses his super-strength to try to prevent the train from departing. He only causes the last car to get dislodged from the rest of the train. The train leaves and the villains escape. The heroes are ready to give up on the chase, but Captain Ultra offers to use his scanner vision to follow the train.

Captain Ultra flies above ground and is able to see beneath the ground, tracking the movements of the train. He shouts instructions to the other Defenders, who try to follow him on foot. He is the only one in this team who can fly. A tired Hellcat suggests that they should retrieve her Hellcatmobile.

The scene shifts to the Empire State University. Dollar Bill happily greets his friend Ledge and Professor Harrison Turk. Ledge had been hospitalized for quite a while. Ledge has just been released from the hospital, but he is still bandaged and uses two crutches to walk. Dollar Bill gives him a few pats on the back, but they cause Dollar Bill. Harrison Turk changes the topic to Dollar Bill's avant-garde documentary on the Defenders. He wants to know what the team thought of it. Dollar Bill claims that the documentary is ancient history for him, and that he is more interested in future triumphs. Harrison Turk has a proposal for him. The scene ends before Turk explains his idea.

The scene shifts to the Wall Street. A group of Defenders for a Day, led by Nighthawk, locates a young boy stealing the handbag of a middle-aged woman. They intervene and stop the thief. The team complains about Nighthawk wasting their time and only leading them to apprehend unruly children. They have yet to locate any super-villain. An irate Nighthawk tries to act as their boss and belittles the team. In reaction, Marvel Man, Nova, Polaris, Son of Satan, and Tagak quit the team and leave. Nighthawk is the only remaining Defender in the group. The frustrated Nighthawk learns that the middle-aged woman is the thief's mother. The boy was only trying to steal his allowance. The thief walks away, leaving Nighthawk empty-handed.

Nighthawk soon learns that another group of villainous Defenders have taken control of the New York Stock Exchange. He decides to go rescue the Stock Exchange single-handedly. He keeps in mind that his wealth as Kyle Richmond depends on the survival of this financial institution. The group of villains is led by Libra. The leader tries to explain what motivates him. He cares about the delicate balance of cosmic justice and strives to restore it. He feels that the Defenders tipped the scales in favor of order. So he and his partner Sagittarius are trying to create chaos to balance the scales again. That is why they created the villainous Defenders. Boomerang has trouble understanding Libra's way of thinking. While Toad adoringly expresses his admiration for the idea.







While at ESU, Dollar Bill runs into his friend Ledge (who just got out of the hospital) and Prof. Turk. Back in the city, Nighthawk's group attempts to stop a mugging which turns out to be the same delinquent child from before. Fed up with Nighthawk's leadership skills, the heroes on his team quit the group and part company. This leaves Nighthawk by himself to stop a Libra, Shocker, Boomerang, Leap Frog, Joe the Gorilla, Melter, Pecos, and the Toad from robbing a bank. While in the Subway, Hellcat's team manages to stop the subway train full of villains, and battles them on the subway platform. During the fight the Blob grabs Hellcat in a strangle hold, and in her panic to breath she unleashes a powerful mental bolt that knocks everybody out, friends and foes alike.

Valkyrie's team finds the battered Nighthawk and they follow the group of villains led by Libra to the Staton Island Ferry, where during the battle Valkyrie hallucinates that she is in a battle with trolls and attacks everybody on the ferry. After the villains are defeated, and Val snaps out of it, the other heroes quit the group as well. While in Russia, scientists warn the military of the impending danger of the Amoeba.


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