Infidel ops is ambushed and slaughtered by a monsterous demon in Sharzhad. There appears to be only a single survivor.
Luke Cage and Hank Pym search the Florida Everglades for a nexus of realities so they might be able to locate the time lost Thunderbolts. Pym is able to set up a reciever so he can view the images from Ghost's cameras. Hank is confident he can establish a longer connection in New York.
Luke meets up with Songbird and Mach-V at Raft Island at the request of F.A.C.T. when they are intercepted by the Dark Avengers. Fighting ensues and ends when the new nanite system is activated, leaving the Dark Avengers inert. It is then explained that this is the team meant to replace the missing Thunderbolts, to Cage's disapproval.
Cage realizes that he is being manipulated to give up his Thunderbolts responsibilities and decides to stay on board with the Dark Avengers as they prepare for a mission.