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The New Avengers (vol. 1) #1 (Jan. 2005):
“Breakout! Part One”
by Brian Michael Bendis, David Finch, Danny Miki

The New Avengers (vol. 1) #1

Title: “Breakout! Part One”

Medium: comic

Cover date: Jan. 2005

Publisher: Marvel
Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: David Finch, Danny Miki


62 characters in this story:

Character
(Click links for info about character
and his/her religious practice, affiliation, etc.)
Religious
Affiliation
Team(s)
[Notes]
Pub. #
app.
Daredevil Matt Murdock hero
CBR Scale: M Catholic
Weapon X (Exiles); Marvel Knights Marvel 1,801
Luke Cage Luke Cage hero
CBR Scale: I Christian (denomination
unknown)
The Fantastic Four; The Avengers... 
[formerly owned a bar and theater]
Marvel 951
Jessica Drew
(details) 
hero
CBR Scale: I Wundagorian Transhumanism
(raised); HYDRA (former)
S.H.I.E.L.D.; HYDRA...  Marvel 353
Electro Electro (Max Dillon) villain
  The Frightful Four; Doom's Brigade...  Marvel 274
Veranke Spider-Woman (Veranke)
(details) 
villain
CBR Scale: M Skrull religion
The Avengers Marvel 8
Spider-Man Spider-Man (Peter Parker) hero scientist
CBR Scale: I Protestant
The Avengers; Secret Defenders...  Marvel 10,664
S.H.I.E.L.D. S.H.I.E.L.D. supporting character group
  [government agency; intelligence agency...] Marvel 1,188
Foggy Nelson Foggy Nelson supporting character
CBR Scale: I Episcopalian
[law partner of Matt Murdock (Daredevil)] Marvel 488
Captain America Captain America (Steve Rogers)
(cover & 4-panel cameo, pg. 15, 17)
hero
CBR Scale: I Protestant
The Avengers; The Invaders...  Marvel Timely 5,992
Sentry Sentry (Bob Reynolds)
(cover & 2-panel cameo, pg. 23, panels 1, 3)
villain hero
CBR Scale: S angel
The Avengers; Dark Avengers Marvel 260
Iron Man Iron Man (Tony Stark)
(cover & 1-panel cameo, pg. 1, panel 3)
hero
CBR Scale: I futurist; technophile; mostly secular; sometimes prays; Alcoholics Anonymous
The Avengers; Force Works...  Marvel 5,673
Wolverine Wolverine (James Howlett / Logan)
(only on cover)
hero
CBR Scale: S raised Protestant; sometimes atheist; has practiced Buddhism; skeptical seeker
The Avengers; X-Men...  Marvel 10,615
Mary Jane Watson Mary Jane Watson
(7-panel cameo, pg. 13)
supporting character
CBR Scale: I Christian (denomination
unknown)
[was wife of Peter Parker (Spider-Man)] Marvel 1,827
Purple Man Purple Man (Zebediah Killgrave)
(3-panel cameo, pg. 6-7, 21)
villain
  Hood's Army
[led own criminal gang; Purple Girl's father]
Marvel 18
Brainchild Brainchild
(3-panel cameo, pg. 2, panels 1-2, 4) 
villain
  Savage Land Mutates Marvel 46
Siri
(3-panel cameo, pg. 2, panels 1-2, 4) 
villain
CBR Scale: S Skrull religion
Skrull
[posed as Elektra during Secret Invasion]
Marvel 13
Agent Melvey
(2-panel cameo, pg. 18, panels 1-2)
supporting character
 indeterminate  [present when Electro caused breakout from Raft] Marvel 1
Giant-Man Hank Pym
(1-panel cameo, pg. 1, panel 3)
hero scientist
CBR Scale: U atheist
Commission on Superhuman Activities; The Liberators...  Marvel 1,543
The Beast The Beast (Hank McCoy)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 1, panel 3)
hero scientist
CBR Scale: ICBR Scale: S Episcopalian; agnostic
The Avengers; X-Men...  Marvel 5,233
Scarlet Witch Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 1, panel 2)
hero
CBR Scale: M Gypsy/Roma; ethnic half Jewish; sorceress
The Avengers; A-Next...  Marvel 1,624
The Wasp The Wasp (Janet van Dyne)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 1, panel 3)
hero
CBR Scale: U Dutch Reformed (nominal); atheist
The Avengers; Lady Liberators...  Marvel 1,339
Wonder Man Wonder Man (Simon Williams)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 1, panel 3)
hero
CBR Scale: I religious
The Avengers; Force Works...  Marvel 788
Falcon Falcon (Sam Wilson)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 1, panel 3)
hero
CBR Scale: S Baptist
The Avengers; SHIELD Super-Agents...  Marvel 531
Captain Marvel Warbird (Carol Danvers)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 1, panel 3)
hero
CBR Scale: I Protestant
U.S. Air Force; The Avengers...  Marvel 784
Typhoid Mary Typhoid Mary (Mary Alice Walker)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 20) 
villain hero
CBR Scale: S Catholic
Shadow Initiative Marvel 136
Molecule Man Molecule Man (Owen Reece)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 21) 
villain
  [nuclear plant worker] Marvel 76
Armadillo Armadillo (Antonio Rodriguez)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 20) 
hero
CBR Scale: I Catholic
The Rangers; Hood's Army...  Marvel 52
Vector Vector (Simon Utrecht)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 20) 
villain
  Thunderbolts Army; Hood's Army...  Marvel 61
Ironclad Ironclad (Mike Steel)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 21) 
villain hero
  Thunderbolts Army; Hood's Army...  Marvel 33
X-Ray X-Ray (Jimmy Darnell)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 21) 
villain hero
  Thunderbolts Army; Hood's Army...  Marvel 59
Vapor Vapor (Ann Darnell)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 20) 
villain
  Thunderbolts Army; Femizons...  Marvel 57
Crossbones Crossbones (Brock Rumlow)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 21) 
villain
CBR Scale: I manifestly non-religious
HYDRA; Skeleton Crew Marvel 90
Mandrill Mandrill (Jerome Beechman)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 20-21) 
villain
  Black Spectre (leader); Hood's Army...  Marvel 61
Scarecrow Scarecrow (Ebenezer Laughton)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 21) 
villain hero
  Crime Wave; Thunderbolts Army...  Marvel 43
Jigsaw Jigsaw (Billy Russo)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 21) 
villain
CBR Scale: S demonolatry
Maggia; Hood's Army Marvel 71
Grey Gargoyle Grey Gargoyle (Paul Duval)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 20) 
villain
  The Masters of Evil; Doom's Brigade...  Marvel 72
Vermin Vermin (Edward Whelan)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 20) 
villain
  Thunderbolts Army; Hood's Army Marvel 73
Shockwave Shockwave (Lancaster Sneed)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 20) 
villain
CBR Scale: S Golden Dagger Sect
S.H.I.E.L.D.; The Masters of Evil... 
[Was one of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Deltites.]
Marvel 35
Griffin Griffin (Johnny Horton)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 21) 
villain
  Secret Empire; Hood's Army Marvel 126
Bushwacker Bushwacker (Carl Burbank)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 20) 
villain clergy/religious leader
CBR Scale: M Catholic (former priest)
CIA; Hood's Army Marvel 46
Controller Controller (Basil Sandhurst)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 21) 
villain scientist
  Hood's Army; Crossfire's Mind Control Gang...  Marvel 69
Mister Fear Mister Fear (Alan Fagan)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 20) 
villain
  Hood's Army; Crossfire's Mind Control Gang...  Marvel 26
Blackout Blackout
(1-panel cameo, pg. 20) 
villain
CBR Scale: M Lilin; human-demon hybrid
Hood's Army; Lilin...  Marvel 9
Blood Brothers Blood Brothers
(1-panel cameo, pg. 20) 
villain
CBR Scale: I alien
Hood's Army; Roclite Marvel 5
Centurius Centurius (Noah Black)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 20) 
villain scientist
CBR Scale: U nihilist
The Conspiracy; Hood's Army... 
[attempted to destroy all life on Earth]
Marvel 4
Foolkiller Foolkiller (Kurt Gerhardt)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 21) 
villain
  Hood's Army Marvel 14
Slug Slug (Ulyssus X. Lugman)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 21) 
villain
  Hood's Army
[led own criminal organization]
Marvel 46
Mr. Fantastic Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards)
(mentioned, pg. 22-23) 
hero scientist
CBR Scale: SCBR Scale: I humanist; portrayed alternatively as explicitly believing in God and as atheist
The Fantastic Four; The Avengers...  Marvel 4,661
Hawkeye Hawkeye (Clint Barton)
(mentioned, pg. 1) 
hero
CBR Scale: U Christian (denomination
unknown)
The Avengers; The Great Lakes Avengers...  Marvel 1,515
Vision Vision
(mentioned, pg. 1) 
hero
CBR Scale: ICBR Scale: M synthezoid; Catholic (temporary)
The Avengers; A-Next...  Marvel 1,393
Ant-Man Ant-Man (Scott Lang)
(mentioned, pg. 1) 
villain hero
CBR Scale: S repentant
The Fantastic Four; The Avengers...  Marvel 120
Wrecker Wrecker (Dirk Garthwaite)
(mentioned, pg. 7) 
villain
  The Masters of Evil; Hood's Army...  Marvel 190
Bulldozer Bulldozer (Henry Camp)
(mentioned, pg. 7) 
villain
  U.S. Army; The Masters of Evil...  Marvel 125
Piledriver Piledriver (Brian Calusky)
(mentioned, pg. 7) 
villain
  The Masters of Evil; Hood's Army...  Marvel 137
Thunderball Thunderball (Eliot Franklin)
(mentioned, pg. 7) 
villain scientist
  The Masters of Evil; Hood's Army...  Marvel 151
Carnage Carnage (Cletus Kasady)
(mentioned, pg. 7) 
villain
CBR Scale: U manifestly non-religious
Carnage Family Marvel 135
Tiger Shark Tiger Shark (Todd Arliss)
(mentioned, pg. 7) 
villain
  The Masters of Evil; Deep Six...  Marvel 112
Mister Hyde Mister Hyde (Calvin Zabo)
(mentioned, pg. 7) 
villain scientist
  The Masters of Evil; Hood's Army Marvel 143
Lindy Reynolds Lindy Reynolds
(mentioned, pg. 23, panel 3) 
supporting character
  [The Sentry's wife; old friend of Invisible Woman] Marvel 39
The Fantastic Four The Fantastic Four
(mentioned, pg. 2, panel 4) 
hero group
  [1st app: The Fantastic Four (vol. 1) #1 (Nov. 1961)] Marvel 100
Hugh Grant
(mentioned, pg. 13, panel 2) 
real/historical person
  [actor] Marvel 126
X-Men X-Men
(mentioned, pg. 2, panel 4) 
hero group
  [1st app: The X-Men (vol. 1) #1 (Sep. 1963)] Marvel 9,958

In the first few pages of this issue, a mysterious unseen figure hires Electro to break Sauron out of the Raft. This event leads to the formation of the New Avengers. According to one source, this mysterious figure was later revealed to be Siri, a Skrull infiltrator who came to Earth and posed as Elektra.

A more likely theory is that this person in the shadows was Brainchild. There are many references in early issues of The New Avengers identifying the Savage Land Mutates as the people who hired Electro to bust Karl Lykos (Sauron) out of the Raft, and Brainchild was the leader of the Mutates at the time. The introductory page for New Avengers: Most Wanted Files (included the New Avengers volume 2 trade paperback) specifically states: "...Electro was paid by Brainchild of the Savage Land Mutates... to break Sauron out of the Raft, and the other escapees were freebies to confuse the issue."

It is later revealed that the woman who appears to be Jessica Drew (Spider-Woman) in this issue is actually Veranke, queen of the Skrulls who are engaged in an invasion of Earth via infiltration and replacement of key heroes.

Many additional villains have been identified by other sources as appearing in this issue, but we believe these sources are incorrect. These characters were generally identified as having made a cameo in New Avengers #1 because later issues in the series established them as among the villains who broke out of the Raft during the breakout that began in this issue. There is a large two-page spread showing various villains freed by Electro on pages 20-21. But I have carefully looked at all the characters there and identified them. No other pages in this issue show incarcerated super-villains.

Characters identified (we believe incorrectly) by other sources as appearing in this issue are: (http://marvel.wikia.com/New_Avengers_Vol_1_1): Answer, Crusader (Charles Blackwood), Cutthroat (Daniel Leighton), Hydro-Man, Mister Hyde, Razor-Fist (Douglas Scott), Tiger Shark (Todd Arliss), (ComicBookDB.com) Barbarus (apparently Blackout was mistaken for him), Zzzax, and the Brothers Grimm (mistaken identification of Crossbones, who wears a slightly similar mask).