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The Slicing Talons

Skye, Calvin Zabo's biological daughter, felt that her father was a monster and wanted nothing to do with him, especially after she saw him beating the man she loved like a father, Phil Coulson. Zabo, who already hated S.H.I.E.L.D. because HYDRA agents in that organization helped in the death of his wife Jiaying, grew jealous of Coulson and promised Skye that after she transformed to an Inhuman that S.H.I.E.L.D. would not know how to handle her. Learning from Raina that Skye had transformed, Zabo began the process of forming his own team of supervillians, choosing people from the S.H.I.E.L.D. Index who were, in his opinion, mistreated by the organization because they had a power. He believed that this would be his best chance to show her what S.H.I.E.L.D. did to people like her, who are different.

Zabo's first recruit was Wendell Levi, whom he found in the Mojave Desert. Levi had a chip implanted in his arm that prevented him from getting too close to technology. Zabo removed the chip and Levi decrypted the Index for him.

Zabo then used the Index to find and recruit Francis Noche, a former mob enforcer who gained enhanced strength after taking experimental steroids, Karla Faye Gideon, a former nurse with razors permanently grafted onto her fingers and David Angar, a man who gained a catatonia-inducing voice from an experimental cancer treatment.

Angar was in a prison beneath the Brynmore Psychiatric Facility; Zabo had the others free Angar as he left taunting clues for Coulson as to where he wanted a showdown. Zabo took his team to a high school in Manitowoc, Wisconsin where Robert Coulson, Phil's father, worked prior to his death. Stopping at a diner, Zabo explained to them why he wanted revenge and the group sympathized with his plight; they decided that S.H.I.E.L.D. and Phil Coulson needed to be taught a lesson.

At the school's football field, the restraining mask worn by Angar was removed and he released a scream that caused the cheerleaders and athletes to fall asleep; it was so powerful birds fell from the sky. The super villains then waited for Coulson's arrival.

Calvin Zabo
Wendell Levi
Francis Noche
Karla Faye Gideon
David Angar