Team leader: Vector.
Other members: Ironclad, Vapor and X-ray.
Major enemies: The Hulk, The Pantheon, The Avengers and Heroes for Hire.
Allies: They have worked for the Leader and the Controller in the past.
During their first attempt breaking out of the Vault they followed
Thunderball. They have been duped into serving Loki and the Master of
the World on occasion.
First appearence: Incredible Hulk II #254
Origin: Incredible Hulk II #254
About the team: Obsessed with gaining super-powers, the U-Foes
purposefully duplicated the experiment that led to the formation of
the Fantastic Four. Although they achieved a substantial set of
abilities, the U-Foes hold a grudge against the Hulk for disrupting
their mutation and have sought to kill him on several occasions. But,
regardless if they are on a revenge trip or acting as flunkies for
another megalomaniac, the U-Foes crave the supremacy that results
from instilling fear in mankind.
Chronology of Appearences:
Incredible Hulk II #254 - December 1980
Issue Summary: The Hulk seeks in the stars the answer why he always
stays alone. An awesome leap launches the emerald giant in orbit. The lack
of air renders him unconcious and gravity pulls him back to earth.
Waking up as Bruce Banner, he witness of a rocket launch. Inside the control
room, Bruce discovers that the occupants are being bombarded by cosmic rays.
After a brilliant reprogramming job the ship changes its trajectory
returning to Earth. The occupants have been changed by the ray exposure.
Now they now call themselves the U-Foes: Vector, Vapor,
X-Ray and Ironclad. Blaming Bruce for receiving less cosmic rays, thus
getting less power, the four go up against him. Hulk shows up and levels the
fight, but these guys are too powerful, even for him. Their lack of control
makes the team work inefficiently preventing victory.
Ironclad, unable to control his density keeps becomming too dense until
he sinks into the ground. Vector deflects himself away from the Earth.
Vapor can't control her form and disperses. X-Ray suffers from radiation
poisoning. Hulk walks away.
Incredible Hulk II #275-277
Issue Summary: X-Ray exposes himself to more cosmic rays and is
cured. He then irradiates his fellow U-Foes with cosmic
rays and they gain control over their powers. They decide to take on the
Hulk and win. '' As of this moment, the world is unaware that we
exist. But, if we were to end the menace of the Incredible Hulk, the name of
the U-Foes would be legend! No one would dare stand against us! No barriers
would our fellow humans dare place in our way! We could go wherever we chose
- take whatever we wished! And the ultimate irony of it is that we could do
so with a world heaping upon us the praise reserved for heroes!'' -
Vector after the U-Foes defeat the Hulk. They then exhibit the captured
Banner on television, but Banner transforms into the Hulk and defeats the
Incredible Hulk II #304-305
Issue Summary: The U-Foes escape prison but are accidentially
deflected by Vector to the Crossroads dimension. They are defeated by the
Hulk and trapped in various dimensional prisons.
Avengers #304 - June 1989
Issue Summary: The Avengers Captain America, Gilgamesh and Thor are
enjoying a visit to Ellis Island in civilian garb when the Puma shows up to
take a construction worker named Charles Littlesky (Portal) back home with
him. Charles is a mutant with the the ability to open up portals to other
dimensions, but cannot control his power. The Avengers attempt to protect
Charles and during the fight Charles accidentially opens a portal to the
Crossroads and the U-Foes step out! After a page of recap of their history
the U-Foes confront the Avengers in an attempt to kill Charles since they
think he could also return them to the Crossroads. Vector displays that
he has learned to use his powers to fly. After a big fight
Charles escapes to another dimension and the Avengers defeat the U-Foes.
X-Ray is knocked out by Thor when he absorbs the radiation from his body,
then Thor uses the radiation to knock out Vector and hurles a lightning
bolt at Vapor to knock her into unconsious. Fineally Gilgamesh knocks
Ironclad out with one mighty punch. They are hauled off by helecopter to
The Vault Graphic Novel - This story was reprinted under the title
Venom Deathtrap: The Vault
Issue Summary: During an escape attempt at the Vault Vapor follows
the direction of Thunderball to neutralize the knockout gas the guards
use on the prisoners by turning into cesium. Ironclad works with Goliath III and Titania II
to knock down all the concrete slabs that
seperate the cell areas. X-Ray helps take care of the Crimson Commando
and Avalanche with his energy blasts. She-Hulk
then knocks out Ironclad. Hawkeye then blinds X-Ray with a fire retartant
foam arrow. Iron Man and Dr. Henry Pym use the Controller's control
disks together with Mentallo to mind control the prisoners into giving up.
Note: Vector did not make an appearence in this issue, but was
supposedly also at the Vault.
Avengers Spotlight #27
Avengers West Coast II #53 - December 1989
Issue Summary: After breaking out of the Vault, the U-Foes split
up to meet at a hidden base. When Ironclad, Vapor and X-Ray arrive they
discover the base leveled and evidence that the West Coast Avengers had
shown up and killed Vector. They make their way to the WCA headquarters
and attack them for vengence. Vapor tries to kill the Scarlet Witch with
cyanide gas but is stopped by Iron Man when he vacuums her up into his
armor and then blows her out. Ironclad attacks Iron Man but is knocked
away from the fight with a punch. He was probably at a low density at the
time because he was coming up through the ground. X-Ray then attacks the
original Human Torch and knocks him unconsious with his radiation. The
Scarlet Witch then uses a hex bolt to make Vapor turn back to human form.
At this point Vector shows up and tells the others that they had been
tricked into attacking the Avengers. He had been delayed in making it to
the base and when he got there saw the same things they did. He orders them
to leave the area bacause they have no real reason to fight the Avengers.
Note: The person who set up the U-Foes into attacking the West Coast
Avengers was Loki. This was part of his ''Acts of Vengeance'' scheme.
Darkhawk #6 - August 1991
Issue Summary: The U-Foes attack a New York hospital in search of
Portal. They face Daredevil, Captain America and Darkhawk.
Incredible Hulk II #397 - September 1992
Issue Summary: Upon returning to the Mount, the Hulk, Ulysses,
Hector and Paris discover that the place has been attacked by the U-Foes.
Vector takes on the Hulk and knocks him out of the Mount and Ironclad takes
on Ulysses. Vector then orders them to stop and tells the Pantheon that
they will leave if they turn over Agamemnon. Hector uses his energy mace to
disperse Vapor, but is attacked by Ironclad. Meanwhile Vector tunnels his
way to Agamemnon's chamber. The Hulk makes it back into the battle and
slugs it out with Ironclad. Hector takes on Vapor again, but this time she
turns into hydrogen and explodes when his energy mace hits her. Hulk then
takes out X-Ray by hitting him in the head with a lead pipe. Then he
attacks Vapor when she is pulling her exloding hydrogen attack again by
hitting her with an oxygen tank and turns her into a water puddle. He then
gives Hector a mop and orders him to mop the floor with her! Once Vector
makes it to Agamemnon's chamber the Leader teleports in with Rock, Redeemer
II, Ogress, Hotshot and Jailbait claiming to want an audience with
Agamemnon. Note: During this issue Ironclad is shown to have
increased in size and has more control then ever over his weight, being able
to make tremendious leaps by lowering it. Vapor is wearing a new costume.
Incredible Hulk II #398 - October 1992
Issue Summary: This issue opens up with a massive pile on attack
against the Hulk. Jailbait holds him in her energy cage whole Ogress, Rock,
and Ironclad punch away at him and Hotshot and Redeemer II fire at him.
Vector and the Leader watch this until the Hulk breaks free of Jailbait's
attack and knocks them all down. Meanwhile the Leader makes his way into
Agamemnon's chamber. Vector then moves in for the kill. In probably one
of the most amazing battles in the Hulk's history Vector pours on his
power in an continous blast while the Hulk slowly pushes his way twards him.
The Hulk is literally shredded to pieces but keeps coming. Eventually
he makes his way to Vector and seems to almost be a skeleton with some
flesh hangin on it, but still manages to knock Vector out with a swing of
his arm. Hulk then falls to the floor and regrows his missing flesh and
hair. Vector has done damage that no foe of the Hulk has ever managed
to do before, he has destroyed the Hulk's pants! Agamemnon and the Leader
then show up and call off the fighting. It seems Aggy came to an accord and
the Leader, his henchmen and the U-Foes are free to leave.
Incredible Hulk II #401 - January 1993
Issue Summary: This issue wraps up some story lines from the last
three issues of the Incredible Hulk. Although the U-Foes were not in
the giant sized issue 400 special they have a few pages in this one. The
U-Foes are shown to be locked up in a holding cell at the Leader's
headquarters. Omnibus shows up and tells them that the Leader is dead,
killed by the Hulk, and that they are no longer needed.
He teleports them to the surface and drops them near where the Hulk is
sitting thinking the events of the last issue over. Ironclad decides to
take out his frustrations on the Hulk, but the Hulk procedes to beat the
tar out of him. Vector then tells Hulk to let Ironclad go and they will
leave peacefully. With the Leader gone they have no reason to stay. The
U-Foes walk off carrying a dazed and confused Ironclad. This is they story
up to page number 9. The U-Foes are not seen for the rest of the
Heroes For Hire #1 - July 1997
Issue Summary: At the Vault, the maximum security detention center
for super-humans in Colarado, a SHIELD ship lands with a last minute
prisoner drop-off. The Guardsmen are almost immediately disabled by an
unseen assailant and the prisoner himself while the two SHIELD agents watch.
The four then release many of the Vault's prisoners and escape in the SHIELD
craft while a mysterious woman in white watches. The foursome report to
their Master who orders them to wait for thier next mission. In the New
York headquarters of Oracle Incorporated, Iron Fist is training when he
hears of the breakout at the Vault. Jim Hammond consults with Danny; both
agree, something has to be done about the lack of heroes in the world. In
the American Southwest, the Hulk is leaping through the sky when he is
knocked unconscious by the U-Foes, Vapor, Ironclad, Vector, and X-Ray who
then attach a device to the Hulk's neck. Iron Fist confronts his old
friend, Luke Cage and asks him to work together again, but Luke has no
interest. At the United Nations in New York, several top scientists are
taken hostage with the Hulk somehow involved and Danny goes to free the
hostages. He is joined by the woman in white who reveals herself to be the
White Tiger. They agree to work together and observe the U-Foes, with the
Hulk downloading the knowledge of the scientists. Hercules smashes his way
in and Fist and Tiger leap in to help him. While White Tiger battles
Vector, Iron Fist confronts the Hulk and removes the control disk from his
neck. With the Hulk free, the four heroes defeat the U-Foes who then flee.
Following the incident, it's revealed that the control/knowledge-transfer
disks were a product of the Controller. While being interviewed, Iron Fist
proclaims the creation of Heroes For Hire; a group which act as hired
employees to those needing help for a nominal fee donated to one of Oracle's
charitable causes. Heroes For Hire's first three members are Hercules,
White Tiger and Iron Fist. Unknown to the newly born H4H, they are being
watched by the U-Foes' master, who is none other than the Master of the
World who has the Controller held captive.
Heroes For Hire #2 - August 1997
Issue Summary: Iron Fist, Hercules and White Tiger are battling
Nitro in the Alantic Coast Rail Yards. Hercules defeats Nitro by throwing a
tanker of natural gas, forcing him to disperse, risking his teammates'
lives. Iron Fist realizes that Hercules is drunk, much as he was when he
attacked the U-Foes. In Luke Cage's theatre, he is attacked, defeated and
kidnapped by the U-Foes. Dane Whitman, once the Avenger known as the Black
Knight, has been offered a position at Oracle Inc, by Jim Hammond, both in
the team and as a scientist. He is visited by the Lady of the Lake who
transports him to Avalon and names him the new Pendragon. She gives him
mystical armour and a flying steed named Strider. Dane awakes the next day,
unsure if what he experienced was real, a dream or if he's going mad. Dane
arrives at Oracle and is greeted by his former comrade, Hercules, who is
drunk again. Hammond offers up the theory that since losing his immortality,
Herc may not realize that he can't handle alcohol as he could before. White
Tiger reports that Nitro has been spotted again, this time attacking the
stock exchange. The team goes off to battle him, leaving Dane at Oracle.
The Heroes confront Nitro while Hammond and Dane watch on. Dane decides to
become involved and says "Avalon," his new mystic armor appearing. He calls
on Strider and races off to help the Heroes. Elsewhere... Luke Cage awakens
to find himself a prisoner of the Master!
Heroes For Hire #4 - October 1997
Issue Summary: The team of Iron Fist, Luke Cage, White Tiger and the
Black Knight are battling a mish-mash of super-villains including Shockwave,
Orka, Killer Shrike and Whiplash aboard the USS Intrepid, a former military
vessel now serving as a museum. During the battle, White Tiger changes to
her tiger form to defeat Whiplash. After the battle, Misty Knight, Danny's
love interest, who contacted them, takes the criminals into custody. In the
Master's stronghold, the U-Foes refuse to follow the Master's orders to
allow themselves to be captured in a mission to throw the Heroes off their
track, and inform him that this will be their last mission for him.
Dane has a vision of his trip through time and admits he fears he's
going mad just before Iron Fist contacts the team with a lead on the
U-Foes. The team meets him at Laguardia Airport where Danny explains
that the Controller has been slipping his control disks on wealthy
businessmen. The U-Foes and Controller appear and attack the Heroes.
After Luke defeats Ironclad, he is attacked by Iron Fist who is under
the control of the Controller, and the two fight.
White Tiger destroys the control disk, freeing Danny. Vector attempts
to activate his teleporter but when he does, the U-Foes and
Controller are electrocuted and lose consciousness. From his
watchpoint the Master details how he planned the event, and the
U-Foes will remain comatose until he needs them. As for the ...
Controller, the Master had implanted a control device in his brain,
but it is now destroyed and if he should ever awake, will be free to
act on his own. At Oracle, someone attempts to force entry, and Sersi
appears, demanding Dane. She is hysterical, ranting about the Celestials and
Heroes For Hire #12 - June 1998
Issue Summary: Hydra Island, which had been sunken beneath the ocean
bursts forth, downing a small plane which sends out a distress signal. On
the Island, Luke cage is impressed with the Master's new stronghold. The
Master reveals that he plans to release Compound Omega which will
sterilize the human populace, allowing him to choose who can and
cannot reproduce. He also plans to send out an Electro-Magnetic Pulse
which will disable most weapons systems world round. When Luke
mentions the possibility of super-humans, the Master presents Strike
Force One; a group of super-humans cloned from H4H, with the
exception of Luke who is already on the Master's side. The Master
also has as a high priority the murder of Iron Fist to prevent K'Un
Lun from coming to earth. Luke asks how the Master found out since he
hadn't had the chance to tell him. The Master reveals to Luke he has
another plant in the H4H team, one he does not consider as reliable.
At Oracle, Jim Hammond details their mission, to go after Luke,
re-capture the scientist Hessler and to take down the Master. The
team; Black Knight, Ant-Man, Hercules, Iron Fist, She-Hulk, Thena and
White Tiger; are all prepared for battle. Hammond announces he will
personally lead the team into battle and demonstrates the ability to
generate and control a fireball. Hammond urges anyone who is unsure
of their place in battle to stay. The team splits in two, taking two
Atlantean cruisers to Hydra Island which they located thanks to the
distress signal sent out by the plane it knocked out of the air.
Tiger insists on going in the same cruiser as Iron Fist.
En route, Iron Fist reviews their files on the Master, but wishes they
had more info. White Tiger reveals that she has had dealings with the
Master before. She was created by the High Evolutionary to seek out
and destroy the Man-Beast, a previous creation who was pure evil. The
Master contacted Tiger through the U-Foes with a proposition; in
exchange for retrieving an item for him, he would give her the
location of the Man-Beast. She obtained the item, and he revealed the
Man-Beast was being held in the Vault. With their business done, she
somehow detonated the item she gave him and fled. When she arrived at
the Vault, the U-Foes were breaking the prisoners free and Tiger lost
track of the Man-Beast. She then moved on to New York looking for
assistance. Hammond is angry that Tiger didn't mention the Master's
involvement when the team battled the U-Foes. Tiger explains that she
thought the Master was dead and everyone had been connecting the
U-Foes to the Controller so didn't think it mattered. Iron Fist
excuses since she's inexperienced in the world and he trusts her. The
cruisers are almost to the citadel.
Onboard the Island, Luke is questioning the Master as to why he chose
Luke as an ally. The Master mentions Luke's father but moves on to
focus on the Atlantean craft approaching and orders them shot down,
but not killed.
On board Iron Fist's craft, Hammond urges Tiger, Ant-Man and Fist to
escape and he'll attempt to bring it in manually. Ant-Man shrinks
down and flies on Ignatz to safety while Fist and Tiger use the
builidings to slow their descent.
Thena and Dane have also taken to the air while She-Hulk and Herc have
stayed with the ship. Everyone makes it down safe and Hercules even
found the experience exhilirating. The Master appears and offers them
an ultimatum; join him or die. Iron Fist refuses and asks the Master
to free Luke from his control. The Master tells Danny that Luke is
not his to control and presesnts Strike Force One; Demi-God
(Hercules), Knight Errant (Black Knight), She-Cat (White Tiger),
Stinger (Ant-Man), Dragonfist (Iron Fist), Behemoth (Hulk) and Amazon
(She-Hulk); who he orders to destroy the Heroes for Hire, with a
special focus on Iron Fist. Thena is about to strike when she is hit
from behind by Jim Hammond who doesn't know what he's doing
temporarily but is being controlled somehow. Thena has no choice but
to stop him even if it means destroying him.
The Master has sealed himself and Luke in a private chamber in case he
needs to release Compound Omega in its most potent, lethal form. The
Heroes battle Strike Force One but seems to be evenly matched. Eshu
announces that they have reached the point in the atmosphere where he
will release the compound. Luke grabs the Master and throws him into
the flight controls, sending them into outer space where Luke plans
to release the compound into the void, harmless. Luke leaps at the
Outside, Hammond somehow transforms into his old, Human Torch form
just as Thena is able to disable him.
The Master knocks Luke for a loop with a blast from his armour and
moves to release the Compound before they're in outer space. Luke
uses a power cable on the Master while, outside, the Heroes are
defeating Strike Force One with team work.
Luke is able to destroy Compound Omega but not without inhaling some
of it himself and he passes out when the Heroes find him. They escape
on board escape craft as the Island explodes in the upper atmosphere.
On board the escape ship, Hammond lies inert and Luke is near death.
Danny forms the Iron Fist and sacrifices his life energy to restore
Luke's. Luke awakens to find Danny dead.
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