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Hood's Gang,[citation needed] Hood's criminal empire,[citation needed] Hood's crime syndicate,[citation needed] Hood's army of criminals,[citation needed] Hood's Army,[1] Hood's villain army,[2] "Masters of Evil",[1] "New Initiative"[3]
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Formerly: The Hood
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Quote1 We're going to organize. We're going to work together. We're going to help each other get what we want, when we want it. Because I know you're going sick of Ryker's and you're sick of the Raft--and you're sick of living in the shadows and wondering where the next nut will come from. Or worrying which costumed @##$$ is going to break down your door and ruin your life. But here's the new news... Captain America is dead. Nick Fury is gone. The heroes are fighting the heroes. And half of the heroes are running for their lives... While the other half aren't allowed to move unless Iron Man tells them to. Since Wilson Fisk was put out to pasture it's been even more chaotic for guys like us than it's ever been. There's no structure to any of it. I say we replace that chaos with something new. With us. Quote2
-- The Hood

This is a group of criminals formed by the Hood during his tenure as the kingpin of crime in New York. While the Avengers were fighting a symbiote invasion of Manhattan, Hood used a Deathlok to rob a bank in New Jersey, then used the proceeds as seed money to recruit a large number of supervillains. As luck would have it, a recent breakout had left most of the villains free, but struggling to get by, so his offer was well-received.

With a close council of advisors and enforcers, Hood led his people in a fight against Luke Cage's The New Avengers, which he lost through the actions of Dr Strange. However, the Hood was able to use his magic gear to get them out of jail quickly.

The group was active during the Skrull invasion, where they sided with the other human heroes against the aliens. In the wake of this, the group began to benefit from their leader's alliance with Norman Osborn, the new American homeland security czar and head of H.A.M.M.E.R. In this new environment, the organization consolidated its control of the New York criminal underworld, and began to spread in new directions: sending members to join the Initiative, trying to control the zombie virus. At the same time they faced opposition from rebel heroes like New Avengers and the Punisher, and even from independent villains, like Enforcer and Mister Negative.

During this time, Jonas Harrow, a high-ranking member of the group, found the remains of a device intended to nullify superpowers, and rebuilt it, able to include or exclude people from its effect. When the Hood lost his powers and had to go on a journey to recover them, Harrow struck, taking control of the gang and fighting the New Avengers and Osborn's "official" Avengers team. When Hood got back, he killed Harrow and retook the group.

In the wake of this, the group became part of Norman Osborn's plan to invade Asgard, with the promise of government-mandated immunity from prosecution for all members if they were successful. Unfortunately, due to a combination of plans coming to fruition, the invasion was thwarted, and in the confusion, the group's members were all either arrested or had to flee, and the group's power was spent.

Equipment: None known.
Transportation: None known.
Weapons: None known.

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