The Avengers and the Fantastic Four returned to their rightful home months later, possessing only hazy memories of their time on Counter-Earth. A five-issue miniseries was issued in late to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the "Onslaught" storyline, titled Onslaught Reborn , by writer Jeph Loeb and artist Rob Liefeld.
Onslaught Reborn features the return of the villain and addresses unresolved plot threads;  this event is set after the " Decimation " and " Civil War " storylines. After Scarlet Witch used her powers to de-power most of Earth's mutants, the powers of Charles Xavier and Magneto collided to reform Onslaught, whose consciousness lingered after his defeat.
Onslaught swore revenge on the young Franklin Richards and any other hero that he despised, manifesting as a monstrous version of his previous form with a skull-like face. He first took control of both the Human Torch and Mr. Fantastic in an attempt to kill Franklin, but was soon interrupted by the Invisible Woman and the Thing , who saved Franklin.
Franklin ran to Counter-Earth, but Onslaught followed. As Onslaught appeared in Counter-Earth he became larger, and regained his Magneto-like mask. He soon encountered the Avengers and was presumed defeated after he fell into the ocean. Instead of worrying about Onslaught, the Avengers questioned Franklin's credibility, as Franklin claimed to be the son of both Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman. On Counter-Earth Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman were not married and did not have children.
Shortly after this, Thor was assaulted by an Onslaught-possessed Hulk, who battled Thor to determine which of the two was more powerful. Onslaught switched between the bodies and possessed Thor, who struck the Hulk with lightning. As Thor was about to strike again, he dropped his hammer, as Onslaught was not worthy to carry it. Onslaught switched back to the Hulk, and punched Thor into the atmosphere.
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Onslaught was assaulted by the Avengers before he could pick up Thor's hammer. Captain America ordered the Human Torch and Iron Man to rescue Thor, telling them they had about sixty seconds for the rescue. Fantastic discovered that Franklin really was his son.
In the battle, Captain America ordered Hawkeye to find Onslaught, and confronted Hawkeye with the fact that Wolverine was hiding in Hawkeye's costume. The Avengers continued to battle the Hulk, while Captain America was thrown into a building. Iron Man , from the atmosphere, charged down at the Hulk at full speed, hoping that Bruce would forgive him someday.
He punched the Hulk, knocking him out.
On a balcony, an invisible Ant-Man and the Invisible Woman let themselves be known, as Sue refused to let the villains cause Franklin any harm. After a brief skirmish, the heroes and villains decided to work together to defeat Onslaught. Franklin returned home, Bucky found herself on Earth , and Onslaught was last seen floating outside the Area 42 Prison in the Negative Zone.
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Rikki Barnes, now known as Nomad, began having strange and vivid nightmares from deep in the jungles of South America. When her teammate Toro is kidnapped just like she dreamed, she begins to suspect that her nightmares are something more sinister than she first thought. Later, while investigating Corporate Conglomerate Roxxon for illegal weapons systems, the Secret Avengers come across the plans for Project Power, a new and incredibly deadly power source being secretly developed in the Colombian rainforest.
As the Secret Avengers investigate the facility, Beast and Ant-Man find the source of the mysterious energy source to be from the Negative Zone. As Rikki races inside the facility to locate Toro, she stumbles into the control room instead, where the sinister voice of her dreams beckons and reveals itself to be Onslaught. Possessing Rikki's body, Onslaught reveals that the real Rikki had, in fact, died in the Negative Zone; his current host was just a construct made by Onslaught himself so he could use the energy he had stored in her as an anchor to pull himself back into the main Marvel Earth.
The revelation that Rikki had been sent to the main Marvel Earth solely to serve as Onslaught's tether forced Rikki to fight back to prove he was wrong. Eventually, Rikki had Gravity kill her so that Onslaught could not return and destroy Earth. Despite Rikki's apparent death, Steve Rogers began to have nightmares similar to the ones Rikki had before, suggesting that enough of Nomad's and Onslaught's energy may have survived to escape death and now seek a new way to return to the main Marvel reality. Onslaught is a psionic entity with superior physical and mental power; possessing the combined abilities of Professor X , Magneto , Franklin Richards , and Nate Grey.
At its prime, Onslaught is capable of telepathy, telekinesis, energy projection, sensing mutant presences, manipulating magnetic fields, and affecting reality itself. Onslaught can also enhance its physical size and strength. Onslaught's powers were well over that of Omega Level.
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In his first form when he was one with Xavier , Onslaught showed a wide variety of abilities including immeasurable strength, and incredible resistance and endurance. Onslaught's psionic powers appeared limitless, appearing to surpass even that of Xavier in his right mind. He was especially powerful in the Astral Plane, where he appeared to have god-like abilities.
From what has been seen, he seems to have total mental control over anyone or anything he wishes, ranging from altering people's perception to believe they are someone or somewhere else he demonstrated this by making Wolverine believe he was a wolf pup, and making Storm think she was a child.
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Even in his initial form, he also demonstrated sufficient physical strength to punch the Juggernaut unconscious across North America, and to rip the Crimson Gem of Cyttorak out of his body. The creators were paid very high fees, but had to achieve very high sales. The decision blindsided Marvel editorial, and many saw it as a repudiation of their work. Editors went into scramble mode, and rising star Carlos Pacheco was put on Fantastic Four , the final two issues before the title went off into the Heroes Reborn deal, to show management how good the titles could be.
But the die had already been cast. But it was really once there was the need for Heroes Reborn, that we reverse-engineered the creation of Onslaught.
Tom Brevoort was a Marvel editor at the time, and remains one to this day. He also recalls Heroes Reborn as a seismic shift. It might have been the end of Marvel as a publishing institution, and the start of Marvel as a licensing agency that had characters placed all over with other people. Strangely enough, Lobdell walked both sides of the street. Not that it was easy. And this was the next thing. For me, working on the character superseded any frustration and resentment felt by other people toward me.
Wrapped up in Heroes Reborn was a poisoned chalice: Captain America. Cap was on the rise with a new creative team in writer Mark Waid and artist Ron Garney, who had started just a few months before the Heroes Reborn deal was announced. But part of the deal it was, and despite rising sales and critical acclaim, Cap went off to the pocket universe. The new Cap and creator Rob Liefeld became a target of derision.
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To his credit, Liefeld tried to calm the storm. But he did call me and offer me the gig of scripting over his plot and pencils. Heroes Reborn had its own stops and starts. Marvel was plagued by even bigger problems. The practical met the symbolic in tragic fashion on August 12, , as beloved Editor Mark Gruenwald died of a sudden heart attack. He was only 43 years old. The news crushed a staff that was already reeling from massive layoffs and frightful change. Heros Reborn Issue 4 by Marvel Comics.
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Captain America Corps 2 by Marvel Comics. Lot Onslaught Reborn Marvel 1C comic book with sketch variant cover. Signed by cover artist Rob Liefeld. The lives of the Fantastic Four and the Avengers were saved only when Franklin Richards created a parallel universe, where we found those heroes, reborn! But this world has long since merged back into our own, and the evil Onslaught-forged from the most vile parts of Magneto's and Professor X's psyches-has been presumed long dead Join comics superstars Jeph Loeb and Rob Liefeld in this no-holds-barred, all-out action extravaganza-celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the event that changed Marvel history-as Onslaught, the Marvel Universe, and the Heroes Reborn Universe collide in this massive crossover!
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