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From the ashes of Secret Invasion, an all-new era for the Thunderbolts erupts, with repercussions felt right across the Marvel Universe! Yelena Belova (a.k.a. Black Widow II) leads the irredeemable Ant-Man and the sinister Ghost in a daring mission to take down the U.S. President aboard Air Force One! But even as Norman Osborn tightens his grip on power, he must battle toe-to-toe against his deadliest foe: the Green Goblin! Wait, what...? Be there as writer Andy Diggle (The Losers) and artist Roberto De La Torre (INVINCIBLE IRON MAN) flip everyone’s favorite team of villains upside down!

Norman is forced to wait at the Washington D.C. airport to meet with the President. He tells him that they have a S.H.I.E.L.D. replacement in mind, H.A.M.M.E.R. The President wants Norman to fly with him to Moscow but Norman says he's too busy right now. The President says he can fly right back and the reason he wants him to go is because he has misgivings about him, and wants to give Norman the chance to refute them face-to-face. On the plane, Norman finds out Doc Samson was the one talking to the President and has video footage he calls "Massacre At Thunderbolts Mountain."

Flashback to six weeks ago, Norman catches Yelena trying to steal S.H.I.E.L.D. weapons at decommissioned facilities. He tells her he wants her to be field leader of the Thunderbolts.

Back on the plane, Samson voices his concerns over Osborn. He quickly turns things around and makes Samson look bad in his treatment of Robbie Baldwin. The President tires of hearing the arguing and decides they should watch the footage. Osborn then presses his cuff link and the escorting jets are hit by missiles. Their plane is hit too. When the pilot tries controlling the plane, the co-pilot turns out to be Yelena, with Ant-Man hiding in a spot he specifically chose on her. As the President is secured with Samson and Osborn, Ghost appears and attacks the secret service. Ant-Man places a gamma emitter on Samson. Samson starts losing his cool and Osborn says that he must be working with "him." The hull is breached and it turns out to be someone green and on a certain type of glider.

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