|Super Heroes #3|
Cover Date: August 2010
Release Date: June 9, 2010
Writer: Paul Tobin
Penciler: Ronan Cliquet
Inker: Amilton Santos
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Assistant Editor: Michael Horwitz
Editor: Nathan Cosby
Cover Artists: Clay Henry
& Guru eFX
Production: Jeff Powell
Suddenly, the Vision appears through the concrete and solidifies near the Black Widow's table. The three men quickly leave. The android informs Natasha that he picked up a book of names as she suggested. He is curious that she didn't want him to download similar files from his body's system. She explains that if the Vision wants to act more human, then he needs to experience touching things like humans do.
While the two friends are talking, a woman approaches the table and asks them if they are heroes or villains. The Vision confirms they are Avengers. The stranger introduces herself as Carolina Pissarro. She tells the heroes that she is an artist and is being blackmailed for money. The synthetic Avenger informs her that blackmail is a matter for the police. The artist agrees except that her blackmailers are super-powered villains.
Carolina mentions that the villains are known as Diamondhead and the Owl. The Vision projects a holographic image of the two criminals and Ms. Pissarro confirms their identities. The Black Widow asks the artist why she is being blackmailed.
Carolina Pissarro admits that, in her early days as a painter, she needed money and forged well-known paintings which she sold as the originals. She quickly tells the two Avengers that she has been anonymously paying back the money. The Vision decides to call in the rest of the Avengers to help track down the super-villains. Natasha asks her teammate if that is necessarily the best thing to do given the events of that morning.
Two hours earlier, the Avengers are assembled in an attempt to help the Vision select a name. The team offers a variety of advice. Iron Man offers to create a set of different identities. The Invisible Woman cautions against picking anything that is popular at the time and to select a timeless name. Nova points out that he can change his name at any time.
The group of heroes continue to debate on what the Vision should choose. Nova asks him if he's thinking of an American name. Captain America points out that citizenship determines if a person is an American. Iron Man wonders if the android should select something related to his creator Hank Pym. Thor even offers to stand by his teammate's side during an Asgardian Naming Ceremony.
The Vision announces he has selected the name of Victor Shade.
Nova likes it since it sounds like a pulp hero. The name makes Steve Rogers think of Victor Von Doom. Sue Storm feels it is too masculine and Tony Stark wonders if it may sound too menacing. The Vision erupts in anger that his friends are treating him like a machine. He walks out of the gathering as Natasha follows him.
In the present, the synthetic hero points out that it would be logical to bring in the Avengers to fight the super-villains. The Black Widow points out that he hasn't called them in yet. The Vision smiles and says he is going against logic and it feels good.
They arrive at the park at the designated time to deliver the money. Natasha Romanoff quickly offers to make the delivery since she is looking for some action. As the Widow approaches Diamondhead in the park, she leaps above him and the fight begins! The diamond-skinned villain tells Natasha that she can't avoid him forever. She disagrees and points out she has been setting him up for the Vision. On cue, the android appears behind their foe.
The mechanical Avenger suddenly turns his arm intangible and reaches inside Diamondhead's chest. Before he can solidify his arm slightly and cause the super-villain to collapse, Diamondhead is able to pull away. Victor Shade is stunned to discover someone who was able to remain conscious during his attack. The diamond-powered foe runs off in pain into the park.
The two Avengers gather themselves together along with Carolina. The artist picks up her blackmailer's coat and discovers a list of names inside one of the pockets. The Black Widow points out that the list isn't in code which indicates that Diamondhead must not be very smart. The heroes decide to track down the names in the hope it will lead them to the criminals.
Back at Avengers Mansion, the Invisible Woman and Captain America have finished a training session when Reed Richards calls via a hologram. Sue tells Reed about their earlier incident with the Vision and how it made him feel bad. Mr. Fantastic is surprised to hear that the artificial man had feelings. Steve points out that the Vision has really changed since joining the team.
Sue mentions that she was going to apologize to the Vision when Namor contacted her. Reed begins asking questions about their conversation. The Invisible Woman explains that the Sub-Mariner was checking to see how she was and asked about the Black Widow. Mr. Fantastic quizzes her if he should be jealous and Sue Storm reassures him that he has no reason to be. As she says it, Steve Rogers looks on while sparring with Iron Man.
Meanwhile, Nova meets Thor in the kitchen. Rich Rider mentions that he has found a website called Thor The Ravenger. It claims that the Thunder God is an advance scout looking to destroy mankind. The human rocket points out the site is also trying to get Thor's diplomatic immunity revoked. Rich stops and asks if his friend actually has diplomatic immunity. The Asgardian confirms that he has immunity due to his role as an ambassador from Asgard. Nova finds the idea funny until he sees the look on Thor's face and decides it's not that comical.
As the teenage hero leaves the kitchen, he asks Captain America if he can have diplomatic immunity. Steve flatly tells him no.
Nova keeps on walking and comes across the Invisible Woman talking with the holographic Mr. Fantastic. Reed mentions that he needs to speak with Natasha. Sue jokingly asks if she should be the one getting jealous. He explains that the Widow is testing a new micro-fiber for him and wanted to see how it is holding up.
Nova quickly offers to call the Black Widow and is quick to mention that he has her number. Sue Storm reminds him that they all have each other's numbers. Rich responds that he's just happy to say that he has Natasha's phone number.
Natasha answers Nova's call and has him tell Reed that she is busy. She hands the phone to the Vision. Victor Shade explains their situation with the Owl and Diamondhead. Rich jumps into action at the mention of his foe's name and tells his teammate that he's on his way to help.
As he flies across town, he mumbles to himself how the other Avengers get more hits on their websites than he does. He thinks it's because they not only fight all the cool villains but his, too. As he arrives at the location of the two heroes, Rich sees the Owl leaping to attack Natasha from behind.
As he yells out a warning, the human rocket flies to intercept the Owl. Nova grabs the caped criminal and slams him hard through a nearby car. Before he can continue the fight, Diamondhead grabs Nova and punches him to the ground.
The Vision instructs the Black Widow to take Carolina and other citizens to safety. Before they get very far, the Owl blocks their path with the intention of harming all of them. Natasha quickly unleashes a rope from her bracelet which wraps around the villain's leg. The red-headed Avengers throws her enemy to the sidewalk and blasts him unconscious with a barrage of energy bursts from her other bracelet.
Diamondhead and the Vision face each other in a test of diamond skin against diamond density. As they grapple on the street, the synthetic Avenger shoots the crystalline criminal with a twin solar blast from his eyes. At the same time, Nova flies high about the city and begins flying towards the battle at a high rate of speed.
The diamond-skinned blackmailer picks up the Vision and prepares to finish the fight. Victor smiles and reminds his enemy that he has forgotten one other person involved in the battle. The yellow-caped Avenger turns intangible just as Nova flies through his body and smashes into Diamondhead at full force!
As the three teammates gather together over an unconscious Diamondhead, Natasha congratulates them on their victory. Rich puts his hands on Victor's shoulder and claims they make a great team. The Black Widow noticed that the Vision let Nova have the final shot. Carolina tells Victor that she thinks it was a sweet thing to do. The red-faced hero tries to respond that it was the logical thing to do. However, the artist cuts him off with a kiss on the cheek and a compliment on what a nice man he is.