One month into their plan to better the world, things are going well for the Squadron Supreme. They are even able to stop an assault by the Scarlet Centurion without a battle. Things aren't going so well for Nuke however, as he learns he is responsible for his parents condition. Tom Thumb promises to help Nuke, and almost makes a deal with the devil to help his teammate. But when Tom is unable to help Nuke, he is made the target of Nuke's aggressions. But Tom has also learned some dire news in assisting Nuke, he has contracted cancer.