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|First appearance||Avengers: The Initiative #16 (Aug, 2008)|
|Created by||Christos Gage
|Base(s)||Arizona, United States|
Fictional team biography
As the team worked to help civilians during the Secret Invasion, 3-D Man and the Skrull Kill Krew attack. They reveal Desert Stars' member the Blacksmith to be a Skrull infiltrator. After a fierce battle, Skull Kill Krew member Riot kills Blacksmith. Before dying, the Skrull posing as Blacksmith states that there is a Skrull infiltrator in every Initiative team. Most of the Desert Stars team is incapacitated during the fight, but Komodo leaves to help 3-D Man and the Skrull Kill Krew find the Skrulls who have infiltrated the other Initiative teams. The team later reappears helping the Heavy Hitters to protect a dam attacked by the superpowered villain Zzzax. When Norman Osborn takes over the Initiative, he has to deal with Prodigy leading the Heavy Hitters in separating from the Initiative. He gathers together a strike force to arrest the team, but chooses not to use the Desert Stars since they're friends with the Heavy Hitters. Komodo is later depowered and kicked out of the Initiative for arguing with new Initiative leader Taskmaster for covering up Hardball's crimes.
- Two-Gun Kid - Leader
- Komodo - A female who gained powers deprived from the Lizard Formula.
- Johnny Cool - A superhero with cryokinesis.
- Supermax - A super-strong Native American.
- Blacksmith - Revealed to be a Skrull infiltrator who wields a copy of Beta Ray Bill's Stormbreaker and Captain America's shield. Killed by Riot of the Skrull Kill Krew.
- MYCUP O’ JOE, WEEK 9: Joe Quesada discusses the future of the X-Men, previews upcoming Secret Invasion art and more, Marvel.com (originally a MySpace Blog) May 20, 2008
- Avengers: The Initiative #16
- Avengers: The Initiative Special #1
- Fear Itself: Youth In Revolt #1
- "Christos Gage (author) Comments". Newsarama.com forums. Retrieved 2008-05-23.
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