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The Shield is a giant wall that is one of Battleworld's most important structures. It isolates the three deadliest domains of Battleworld, Deadlands, Perfection and New Xandar from the rest of the planet.[1] The Shield is actually a sentient being. In the early days of Battleworld, All-Father Doom convinced The Thing to become part of the Shield, in order to protect the denizens of Battleworld from the horrors on the other side.[2]

Most of the Shield's sentinels are inhabitants from other domains that ended up her for breaking the laws of Battleworld including Jamie Braddock of Higher Avalon, who died fighting the zombies of the Deadlands,[1] Ms. America of Arcadia,[3] and Lady Katherine of King James' England.[4] Other people working at the Shield under the supervision of Abigail Brand are the Vitruvian Man, Leah of Hel, Kang the Conqueror, and the Endless Summers, consisting of Major Summers and his clones.

After another day of work at the Shield, defending it against an attack of Giant Ant-Men Zombies, Commander Brand talked one last time with Leah before she went to venture herself through the Shield to try and find her long lost lover Illyana. As Leah left, Kang approached Brand and boasted about his fighting skills and how he would subdue all the south of Battleworld to his will, which angered her. While she was telling him that protecting the Shield wasn't that simple like he thought it was, Kang's wrist began to bleep and his future self suddenly appeared before them. Before fading away, future Kang told them the Shield would fall in twenty days, and that Thanos would doom them all.[5]

Fifteen days later, Commander Brand and her men still hadn't found Thanos. Desperate to find him before he could destroy the Shield, Brand resorted to the Unite, robots in love that betrayed Ultron and allied themselves with the Hel-Rangers of the Shield, to try and find him. But, as they spoke, the Unite detected a powerful army of the Ultron Engine, the greatest threat that faced the Shield which married up the technology of the Annihilation Wave with the unrelenting energy of the Undead, heading towards the Shield. Brand then alerted everyone so they could prepare themselves to battle. As the Vitruvian Man prepared the Enlightment Cannon to shoot and Kang tried in vain to call chronoallies, Lady Katherine spotted someone on the front line of the Ultron Engine, which to Commander Brand's horror was none other than a monstrous Nick Fury, presumed dead commander of the Shield.[6]

Under siege and at risk of failing their duty, the Hel-Rangers of the Shield tried everything they could to stop Nick the Fury, as he was the reason why the Ultron Engine was advancing so viciously. With the Endless Summers being reduced to only one hundred men and Kang unable to navigate through the timestream thanks to chronomines, Brand sought the help of the Unite again. One of the Unite tried to use its ability to control robots to make Nick the Fury kill himself, but was killed instead. Using the remaining Unite as a distraction, Kang was able to take Nick the Fury into the timestream and pilot it into every chronomine he could.

Meanwhile, Leah returned with Magik and an undead army to assist Brand in her battle against the remaining enemies of the Ultron Engine. After the battle ended, Leah and Magik, who had planned since the beginning to hold a subdomain in the Deadlands to rule without submitting to God Emperor Doom, left the Hel-Rangers and returned to the Deadlands. As Brand grieved her army's death, a rift in reality opened above her, with Kang coming out of it alive, along with Nick the Fury's corpse. While they hugged, they were approached by Thanos,[7] who was teleported to the other side of the Shield by Sheriff Strange moments before Doom killed him.[8]

After turning himself in, Thanos revealed he had spent his time organising the denizens of Perfection, New Xandar, and the Deadlands into an army on its way to destroy the other domains. As the combined efforts of the south attacked the Shield and Brand and her dealt with it, Thanos told the Thing that Doom had lied to him, and that this world was merely an artificial creation of Doom's. Knowing this, the Thing rose up to confront Doom, thus removing a massive tract of the Shield and leaving.[9][2]

With the Shield fallen, Kang went back in time to try and prevent the Shield's collapse; meanwhile, Ms. America and Lady Katherine escaped. With the rest of her team dead, Brand and the last surviving member of the Endless Summers named Major Summers lost their lives standing against the incoming forces of the south.[9]

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Notes

  • The Shield was originally going to be named the Wall.[18]

Trivia

  • The Shield may be based on "The Wall", a structure serving a similar purpose from the book series "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R.R. Martin. The Shield may also be based on the Shield Wall," a natural defensive barrier in Frank Herbert's Dune that is finally breached by explosives in Paul Atreides' battle against the Baron and the Emperor.

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