Dr. Strange, Hulk, Namor, and their Tunnelworld ally, Aeroika, attempt to get to Ogeon, the capital of Tunnelworld. They plan to defeat the local warlord, Ytitnedion, as a stepping stone to defeat the Unnameable, who is the evil being who controls all the land.
The Defenders hijack a wagon so they can enter the city in disguise.
Back on Earth, Nighthawk, Valkyrie, and Hellcat arrive back in New York with their allies, Wasp and Hank Pym, as well as Omega the Unknown's friends, Dian and Amber, who helped them defeat the Mandrill. Hellcat and Val want to relax, and Hellcat broaches the topic of her mother before being interrupted. Federal agents have come to arrest Kyle for his various tax and other legal problems. He goes with them.
In Ogeon, the Defenders see their friend and sorcerer, Xhoohx, paraded through town in a cage. Some guards realize who they are, and they attack.
King Ytitnedion watches; he brags to Xhoohx that all goes according to his plan.
Other "angel" slaves like Aeroika see what the Defenders are doing, and that Aeroika is rebelling. They join in the battle, and believe their prophecy is being fulfilled. However, Ytitnedion releases a giant war machine, the Crusher.
Its magical blasts knock out the Hulk, putting him under the Unnameable's control. Namor partially destroys the Crusher before getting hit; the enemy's troops make off with the Hulk in the meantime, and lock him to a cross.
Namor and Strange make plans with the rebels to rescue the Hulk and overthrow the enemy, but Ytitnedion is still confident of his plans.