Jean-Claude Gironde is born, a late-in-life son to Jean-Pierre Gironde.
Jean-Pierre Gironde dies. The Gironde house is shuttered, with one longtime employee resident to keep an eye on the place and make any necessary groundskeeping arrangements. Jean-Claude Gironde tries to maintain his own career as a psychiatrist ((secretly working for the NSA)) while taking one day a week to oversee all Phoenix Industries matters. The balancing act between two high-stakes roles gets excrutiatingly difficult as the 1980s continue.
Jean-Claude Gironde's balancing act comes crashing down. Because he has not been available to his riskier "world-renowned psychiatrist" role for more than one day per week, and because he is not getting enough downtime, enemy operatives from HYDRA almost succeed in assassinating Jean-Claude with an experimental ray gun. He lives, but is confined to a wheelchair while neurologists try to figure out what happened to his spine.
Intergang forces stage a daring raid on the boardroom of Phoenix Industries, drugging the executives at a conference on the construction of a high-tech prison for metahuman lawbreakers. More as this story develops!
When a superspeedster and a hacktivist take a romantic vacation in the Bermuda Triangle, the laws of reality guarantee that something hinky will crop up. In this case, there is a shimmer in the air that tosses one of the two metahuman college students almost sixty years into the past.
A supervillain from another dimension, seeking a world where he can become the Ultimate Evil Overlord with less opposition which might be competent to stop his dastardly conquest, picks the wrong reality. Dr. Doom invites himself into the opposition, in the process realizing that he truly does not want to rule a world. He merely wants to not live under the moral obligation to oppose Reed Richards. No: Doom wants to live quietly in a space he completely controls, exploring his theories of superscience, and going down in history as the smartest person ever to use a soldering iron.
During the ramp-up for this adventure, Jean-Claude Gironde discovers and unmakes numerous mental blocks and hypnotic commands implanted in Jarissa Venters' mind. This includes all of the villainous work Kadaver accomplished in the previous adventure, plus several things (but not all) from the Infinity Inc Hybrid Minion mental programming.
Also during this adventure, villain henchman-for-hire Mime gets physically split into two people. Mime/Robert Ridderhoff remains an employee of Phoenix Industries working at the Gironde mansion, as part of his parole. Ghoul is now a cannibalistic shapeshifting villain who can no longer copy new powers. Ghoul leaves to work in high-mortality areas of the world, mostly urban areas of Colombia, as a do-anything flunky.
Four girls have gone missing, all connected to this school which Professor Gironde suspects of being a front for a neo-Nazi radical organization. The school takes only mutants, teaches them to suppress their powers, teaches them that mutants are lesser than "true humans". All four girls were taken from their own homes, from their bedrooms, at night; no sign of forced entry. Two bodies have been found.
The private school, which had spent ten years as part of Metropolis's city-wide college network, now officially opens its doors as a private boarding school for students who need a specific learning environment. Some of these students are metahuman, either born with an active metagene or developing metagene activity due to medical or environmental intervention. Others are more traditionally "human", but come from complex circumstances or have difficult-to-fit learning needs.
Dr. Jean-Claude Gironde, who has spent the past ten years unable to stand or walk after an attempted assassination, publicly returns from an overseas trip on crutches; a single press release states that he has undergone an experimental treatment developed by one of his privately-owned international firms, a research-based biotechnic lab, and will be applying for FDA approval to offer the new cybernetic chip to U.S. candidates as soon as in-house legal staff are satisfied that the patent was irrefutably established. He cannot really run, but he can now walk for reasonable amounts of time.
This massively increases attempts by other business interests to make long-term business deals with Phoenix Industries. Or to try to find a way to force Phoenix Industries to become a publicly-held corporation, which might be bought out. Or to try to hire away anyone who works in any capacity even remotely associated with the cybernetic and medical divisions. Or to get their own project to a similar stage of viability.
Jarissa Paxton runs an errand to New York City and gets mugged. She's okay, if rattled, but upset that she had to play the meek victim in her visibly pregnant state. She calls her friend Knight Thrasher for help, who brings in his own backup in the form of local mercenary Snake Eyes. The two men work together to catch the Bullseye Blaster, paintball team turned low-level mercenaries, who were hired to kill and rob anybody who picked up a certain FedEx International package. They in turn are anxious to cover up the fact that some five-months-pregnant short woman managed to run away faster than they could capture ... but, hey, they did get the package!