No sooner does the team return to Earth, than they are hunted by the hordes of S.H.I.E.L.D.! Will the Thunderbolts be able to escape a vigilant taskforce much stronger than their own? Baron Zemo and Techno return!
The Thunderbolts go into hiding and pick up secret identities as well as part time jobs. SHIELD finds out who the Thunderbolts really are and attack them, but the Thunderbolts escape. At the end, the Great Lakes Avengers, now known as the Lightning Rods, attack the Thunderbolts.