Vanguard is asked to send a delegation to help celebrate the
inauguration of President Estefan of
¡ Ciudad, someone using the Juggernaut suit, which had been missing.
¡ Liberator, a brickish sort of marital artist who seems to be the commander.
¡ Inferno, a
¡ Guerilla, a fast master of combat, both hand-to-hand and weapons
¡ Harlequino, a quick and powerful fighter with a collection of embarrassing attacks.
¡ La Fortunada, a woman who seems to have an incredible amount of luck in combat.
¡ Senor Rapido, a super-fast fighter.
The Vanguard delegation consists of Mr. America (the new American representative, a Golden Age hero who
was given access to the Freedom Force formula before FF went off to join his
old teammates like Mr. Boomerang and Devadasi wherever they went.). Captain Britain (the former Swifty), Vajrah, the demigod who has replaced
Intended delegation members Zeebreis and Sphinx are unable to attend due to last minute problems, and Mujahadeen joins the delegation to help replace them.
The members of Libertad also seem half-drunk or drugged.
Zysygny the Vampyr,
of Hellspawn, attempts to seduce
In the next chamber of the complex they find Libertad
(Looking not at all ready for a fight) waiting to meet them, along with most of
Hellspawn and their bound member, Mr.
The team, along with Mr.
Libertad attacks, Dr. Kronos and Sunfire manage to get out,
and the Vanguard heroes are victorious. They then find that they have been set
back a year, to 1961. Moreover, the Cuban Army seems to have been attracted to
the site and they are now meeting the
Nanduti manages to find the weft and weave of time threads
to bring the team back to their proper time. Leaving the dusty and unused
chamber, they are confronted by the
Rather than disappear because their back story has changed,
the team members find themselves merged with their selves that have lived the
last year in the changed world. Some of them have to face charges for
abandoning their posts because the "new" versions stay with the
Questioning Libertad, they find that all but one of them are
former WWII heroes who had missed their glory days and were persuaded by
Hellspawn to take treatments to gain super powers, which included an addiction
to heroin (a Hellspawn trademark for their endowed supers). Apparently they
The Libertad members turn out to be:
Liberator is The Patriot,
who had a distinguished career as the second Captain
Inferno is Firebrand,
who had been jealous of the glory his sister, who used the same name, gained
because she had
Guerilla is Commando Yank, who had missed his days fighting the Axis behind the lines.
Harlequino is The Jester, a practical joker in either identity who wanted one last turn at the wheel of fortune.
La Fortunada is Lady Luck, who felt that she needed to push her fortune one last time.
Senor Rapido is Minute Man, who felt neglected after the war was over.
Ciudad is a Cuban exile who was given the Juggernaut suit, and is dying of radiation poisoning, as any other user has died. Fortunately, having been taken early in his career, he can be cured.
Vanguard is suddenly faced with two missions. In
For the Canadian group, General
Gerard selects Mr. America, Captain
At the last minute, however, the original White Lotus steps in and says that he will take the position in the team. He leaves a note with Gerard to explain the substitution. After studying the note, Gerard agrees.
is given command of a group consisting of Iron
Cross, Comrade Barbarossa (the
new East German member), Nanduti, Azul, Dr. Kong, and Mouse to
When they get there, they find that a lot of the stories of attacks by guerillas are really about attacks by gorillas, using automatic weapons and armor!
Dr. Kong confesses that he has been living something of a
lie. He is not a normal gorilla who somehow gained human intelligence. He is
actually from a city of intelligent gorillas deep in the
He volunteered for this expedition because he has lost contact with his superiors in the city. He fears that a known rebel, Grodd, is causing trouble, as he already has for the American hero known as the Flash.
After some encounters with suspicious local partisans and
smugglers, where they learn where supplies of weapons are being smuggled, the
team follows the
When they are defeated, Nanduti manages to break the mind
control that has been put on them and they reveal that most of
It turns out he was contacted by Hellspawn, who supplied arms and supplies to let him make his bid for African supremacy.
When the team gets back to
They have been captured by Hellspawn to power some of Hellspawn's activities. However, Gerard says that, in fact, Hellspawn has been trapped itself. Some time back, White Lotus had done some time traveling and learned of Hellspawn's plans. Rather than try to stop Hellspawn, he decided to set up an elaborate spell that would tap the tap, as it were, and keep Hellspawn from getting any benefit from capturing the Vanguard members.
Moreover, those who thought that White Lotus had aged more than expected in the last few years were right. He was actually the White Lotus of many many years in the future, who had switched places with his past self so that the past self could have a career in the far future of the 1990s.
(Honest, Colin McKinney (WL's first player) worked this all out. I have the full description if anyone wants to see it.).
The loss of the Vanguard members representing the core members of the UN Security Council was a sharp blow to the organization. There were months of debate in the General Assembly, and the final result was a resolution to dissolve Vanguard with thanks for a job well done.
The UN, feeling the need to continue having some sort of super-powered presence, immediately commenced a program to create super-powered agents who would carry out its mandate, but without the interference of national loyalties. Until this project could be completed, they instituted THUNDER, The Higher United Nations Defense Enforcement Reserve, and absorbed all the agent assets of Vanguard into that organization.
The heroes of Vanguard are out of a job.
Members of the former Vanguard have received invitations to
a meeting in
In part, the invitation points out the continuing need for
super-powered heroes all over the world, particularly considering the
Americanization of so many super-groups like the Justice League of