After nearly a week in hospital, Dragon awakens fully recovered and deals with Inferno, an assassin sent to finish him off. It seems that Dragon has a healing factor powerful enough to deal with the wounds that were inflicted upon him with relative ease. A press conference for Dragon follows where the most popular member of the United States government's superhero team, Youngblood, arrives. Badrock proceeds to attack Dragon and, after a costly fight, reveals that he was merely testing his opponent to see if he is good enough to be on Youngblood. Dragon arrests his reckless foe, unaware that his best friend, Frank Darling, is currently being blackmailed by the Vicious Circle to avoid their operations.