Desert Stars

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Desert Stars
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Avengers: The Initiative #16 (Aug, 2008)
Created by Christos Gage
Stefano Caselli
In-story information
Base(s) Arizona, United States
Member(s) Two-Gun Kid
Johnny Cool

Desert Stars is a fictional superhero team appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The group of heroes are the official Fifty State Initiative team of Arizona.[1]

Publication history[edit]

The Desert Stars first appeared in Avengers: The Initiative #16 and were created by Christos Gage and Stefano Caselli.

Fictional team biography[edit]

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.[2] The team later reappears helping the Heavy Hitters to protect a dam attacked by the superpowered villain Zzzax.[3] 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.

During the Fear Itself storyline, members of the Desert Stars appear at a meeting held by Prodigy regarding magical hammers that have crashed into the Earth.[4]



  1. ^ MYCUP O’ JOE, WEEK 9: Joe Quesada discusses the future of the X-Men, previews upcoming Secret Invasion art and more, (originally a MySpace Blog) May 20, 2008
  2. ^ a b Avengers: The Initiative #16
  3. ^ Avengers: The Initiative Special #1
  4. ^ Fear Itself: Youth In Revolt #1
  5. ^ a b c d "Christos Gage (author) Comments". forums. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 

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