Tango enters the vault


Real Name:  Unrevealed

Identity/Class:  Human technology and weapon user  (possible extradimensional - see comments)

Occupation: Terrorist and leader of a terrorist group

Group Membership:  Unnamed terrorist organization

Affiliations: Wilson Fisk (Kingpin)

Enemies:  Hulk, Avengers (Captain America, Iron Man, Luke Cage), SHIELD (incl. Nick Fury), USA

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Hand of God

Base of Operations: Internationally mobile

First Appearance: New Avengers: “Pot of Gold” AAFES 110th Anniversary (October, 2005)

Powers/Abilities: Tango wore a suit of powered armor that gave him enhanced strength and endurance, and provided an undefined amount of protection from attacks. He was able to withstand small arms fire and rounds from heavy assault weapons. His armor had wrist mounted pulse energy disruptors that fired powerful blasts of energy. This was also able to disrupt electronic devices and  render them useless. He had what appeared to be a cybernetic implant covering his left eye but the function was unknown. The suit contained a failsafe device that would detonate at the Kingpin's command if Tango double-crossed him. The suit also contained an electronic device that enabled the Kingpin to redirect electronic data to his computers so he could then convert that information for his own personal use. He was able to transfer electronically all the money from the AAFES vault.

Tango takes aim


(New Avengers: “Pot of Gold” - BTS) - The man known as Tango was a fanatical leader of a terrorist group from an unknown Middle Eastern country and came to the USA in order to carry out various attacks there.

(New Avengers: “Pot of Gold” ) - Tango, who was needing funding for his group, was approached by Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin, and was given a powerful suit of armor so that he could break into the vault belonging to the AAFES that contained a quarter of a billion dollars. The Kingpin told him that there was a bomb implanted inside the armor and that if he double-crossed him, it would detonate. Unafraid to die, he agreed to assault the complex that held the money as his terrorist groups needed funding and the Kingpin promised to funnel some of the proceeds to various places anonymously.

  Tango successfully stormed the military complex alongside 50 or 60 of his own men but as he began to break into the vault, he ran into trouble with its locking mechanism. It was a double lock system that required both an electronic code, which was bypassed successfully, and a manual lock that caused problems. Tango started to burn his way through the vault door using his wrist mounted disruptors when the Avengers Captain America and Luke Cage approached in a Quinjet. He shot the aircraft down and instructed his men to deal with Captain America and Luke Cage before returning to the locked vault and continued to blast away at it. Meanwhile, Iron Man tracked the electronic signal Tango was secretly sending to the Kingpin to steal the money from the AAFES computer banking system. Finally breaking through the vault, Tango entered it but was shocked to learn that it was completely empty. Knowing he had been double-crossed by the Kingpin, he began to make his escape but was confronted by Captain America and Luke Cage. Tango lifted his hands upward to aim his blasts at the two heroes but the wrist weapons ceased to function. He was quickly defeated, stripped of his armor and placed under arrest by SHIELD agents Tango lets one loose

  He was later taken to a holding cell and started to rant and rave about one day returning and laying waste to the country to Nick Fury and objected to sharing his space with an American prisoner who was already inside. He said that he has rights as political prisoner but Fury told him that he was just a bank robber and to watch out not to make his cellmate angry. As Nick Fury left, he began to rant once again threatening the American who was locked up with him. Moments later, the jail seemingly exploded and Nick Fury asked one of his SHIELD agents if anyone felt like saving a bigmouthed bank robber from an angry Hulk.

Comments: Created by Paul Jenkins (writer), Graham Nolan (pencils) and Tom Palmer (inks).

This special edition New Avengers comic was a free giveaway to the US armed forces by the AAFES to celebrate their 110th Anniversary. The AAFES stands for Army and Air Force Exchange Service which Provides merchandise and services to active duty military, Guard and Reserve members, military retirees and family members. This comic also featured the Fantastic Four, Daredevil and the mighty Thor as guest stars. The appearance of Thor was a little puzzling to me as, if I am not mistaken, he should have not been there due to events happening in Asgard and his people's supposed demise. He also wore the original costume and was clean shaven. Was he a Skrull impostor then or was this comic set in an alternate Marvel universe? Also of note is that the Kingpin was not imprisoned. The New Avengers and the Fantastic Four volunteered to help the AAFES deliver packages to various military bases throughout the world and to show support to the troops. At first the heroes were all hesitant about doing so until Captain America gave a speech that persuaded them to perform this service and they all set out individually or in pairs to the military posts. As for the appearance of the Hulk at the end of the story placed in a cell by SHIELD alongside Tango could be a prelude to the Planet Hulk and World War Hulk storylines or perhaps Bruce Banner was placed there just to tear Tango limb from limb. Also worth mentioning is that Iron Man made a comment to Nick Fury saying, "This is a line we can’t cross. It’s the nature of a hero’s job not to get involved in politics", which is such a bizarre comment for him to make after seeing how political he was during the events of Civil War. 

I'm pretty sure this happened on an alternate Earth.
--Markus Raymond

The money stolen by the Kingpin was returned to the AAFES with Iron Man's help, including additional funds from Kingpin's account.

I would like to say a special thank you to a Canadian military buddy who somehow acquired this comic and sent it to me but who wishes to remain anonymous. You know who you are.

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Tango's terrorists trot downstairs

Tango's terrorist group

Tango had large force of fellow terrorists in the USA and brought them all together under his command to assault the military complex that held a quarter of a billion dollars belonging to the AAFES. They were all of Middle Eastern descent and used a variety of automatic weapons as well as pulse energy guns. There were about 50 to 60 of them and all were beaten by the combined efforts of Captain America and Luke Cage as they responded to the attack on the vault. None was named in the story.

--New Avengers: “Pot of Gold”

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New Avengers: “Pot of Gold”, p21, panel 5 (main image)

p2, panel 5 (head shot)
p15, panel 2 (squatting while blasting)
p12, panel 2 (Tango's terrorists)

New Avengers: “Pot of Gold” AAFES 110 Anniversary (October, 2005) - Paul Jenkins (writer) Graham Nolan (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Tom DeFalco (editor)

Last updated: 01/29/06

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