A hi-tech heist gone wrong, a mysterious shrinking woman, and a cybernetic maniac...
Lost in thought as they pondered their upcoming audition to Join the Global Guardians, 6 disparate heroes joined together in Neon Heights, a crime-ridden neighborhood on the outskirts of Nexxon Plaza.
The distinctive sound of energy weapons-fire mixed with the screams of terrified civilians drew Honey Badger, Sawbones, Chrona, The Bureaucrat, Artifact and David to the scene of the crime. There they discovered a crashed Nexxon armored car, and a team of security guards locked in a pitched battle against the Blood & Chrome Gang - a group of hi-tech thugs who rule the streets of Neon Heights.
The team easily dispatched the thugs, and Artifact was able to portal groups of civilians away to safety. The gang's field leader, a cyborg named Chromiac, gave them a bit more trouble, but was still easily dispatched thanks to his vulnerability to electricity.
However, in the heat of battle, an unknown thief with shrinking powers was able to steal a glowing cylinder of unknown origin from a briefcase, and escape into the night.
The group's activities were observed by a shadowy figure flying high in the night sky. The neon lights reflected in the mysterious observer's chest emblem - a gold Omega sign.