THE CAVALRY

Membership: Red Nine (Wallace Jackson), Stunt-Master (Steve Brooks), Ultragirl (Suzy Sherman);
formerly Crime-Buster, Thor Girl (Tarene), Thor Girl (Skrull impostor)

Purpose: To protect Georgia

Aliases: None

Affiliations: 3-D Man (Delroy Garrett, Jr.), Batwing (Jimmy Santini), Butterball (Emery Schaub), Cloud 9 (Abby Boylen), Debrii (Deborah Fields), Desert Stars (Johnny Cool, Komodo/Melati Kusuma, Supermax, Two-Gun Kid/Matt Hawk), Enchantress, Firestar (Angelica Jones), Frog-Man (Eugene Patilio), Geiger (Delilah Deerborn), Gravity (Greg Willis), Heavy Hitters (Hardball/Roger Brokeridge, Nonstop, Prodigy/Ritchie Gillmore, Telemetry), Jocasta, Liberteens (2-D, Blue Eagle, Iceberg), the Order (Anthem/Henry Hellrung, Aralune/Becky Ryan, Calamity/James Wa, Supernaut/Milo Fields, Veda/Maggie Neuntauben), Point Men (Devil-Slayer/Eric Payne, Paydirt, Star Sign), Rage (Elvin Halliday), Scarlet Spider (Patrick), the Skrull Kill Krew (Riot, Ryder), Slapstick (Steve Harmon), Think Tank

Enemies: Skrulls ("Dum Dum Dugan," "Thor Girl," others)

Base of Operations: An unidentified headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

First Appearance: (mentioned as an unidentified Initiative team in Georgia): Avengers: The Initiative I#12 (June, 2008);
(fully seen  & identified as the Cavalry): Avengers: The Initiative I#18 (December, 2008)

History: (Avengers: The Initiative I#12 - BTS) - When Thor Girl (secretly a Skrull impostor) and Ultra Girl graduated from the Fifty-State Initiative training, they were assigned to the Cavalry, Georgia's Initiative team.

(Avengers: The Initiative I#18) - During the alien Skrulls' secret invasion of Earth, a Skrull posing as "Dum Dum" Dugan took over Earth's communications and urged all Skrulls to reveal themselves, a broadcast that was viewed by the Cavalry from their headquarters. When "Dugan" mentioned Skrull sleeper agents, the unknowing Ultragirl questioned the idea of sleeper agents within the Cavalry and glanced as her teammate "Thor Girl" (who was secretly a disguised Skrull). Later arriving at the Georgia headquarters of the Cavalry, 3-D Man, Jocasta, Gravity and others found the Cavalry's headquarters in ruins and Jocasta soon found the injured Stunt-Master, who revealed that a fight between Ultragirl and "Thor Girl" had brought the headquarters down. When 3-D Man asked which heroine was the Skrull, Stunt-Master admitted that he didn't know and the assembled heroes then looked up to see Ultragirl and "Thor Girl" fighting in the sky. When more Skrulls arrived, Cloud 9 flew into the air and blasted Ultragirl and "Thor Girl" to the ground, where 3-D Man confirmed that "Thor Girl" was the Skrull impostor. 3-D Man quickly killed "Thor Girl" with her own hammer and his group of allies prepared to leave before more Skrulls followed, prompting Ultragirl to remain behind with the rest of the Cavalry to protect Georgia.

(Avengers: The Initiative I#23 - BTS) - Ultragirl left the Cavalry to return to the New Warriors.

(Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt#1 (fb) - BTS) - After Justice's New Warriors team evolved into the Avengers Resistance and the Resistance dissolved following the downfall of both Norman Osborn and the Initiative, Ultragirl returned to the Cavalry and the team expanded with new members including the true Thor Girl and Red Nine, who replaced Crime-Buster.

(Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt#1) - When a near-shootout occurred at Al's Gun and Emmo Emporium in Atlanta, Georgia, the Cavalry arrived to help stop the masked shooter. After the Cavalry easily defeated and took the shooter into custody, the employee at Al's Gun and Emmo Emporium admitted he wasn't sure who was going to respond to the emergency: the police or the Cavalry. Red Nine spoke with the employee, explaining how the police were busy handling rioters, while Ultragirl spoke with Thor Girl about remaining on Earth instead of going to Asgard. While Thor Girl and Ultragirl continued their conversation, Red Nine finished speaking with the Al's employee and received a voicemail from the hero Prodigy (Ritchie Gillmore), wishing to speak with the Cavalry about restarting the Initiative program. Shortly after, the Cavalry traveled to Washington, D.C. to hear Prodigy's orientation speech that he gave to the Cavalry and other former Initiative state teams in an effort to get them to be a part of the new Initiative. While there, Ultragirl and Thor Girl spoke with Firestar while Red Nine watched other former Initiative teams interact. Ultimately agreeing to work with Prodigy, the Cavalry returned to Georgia and when rioting broke out in Atlanta after the Asgardian Serpent invaded Earth with his soldiers, the Cavalry was called in to quell the rioting and calm the populace. Police soon mistook the Cavalry's Thor Girl for one of the Serpent's soldiers due to her having a hammer and when they attacked, Thor Girl deflected the bullets with her hammer, accidentally injuring the police, causing the rioting crowd to go out of control. When her teammate Stunt-Master was overwhelmed by the rioters, Thor Girl was ordered to drop her hammer and she paused, unsure what to do.

(Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt#2) - While the rest of the Cavalry also became overwhelmed by the rioters and Red Nine was knocked out by one of rioters, Thor Girl flew off with Ultragirl in pursuit, trying to assure Thor Girl that the Cavalry's injuries were not Thor Girl's fault as Stunt-Master and Red Nine were taken to a nearby hospital.

(Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt#6 - BTS) - Thor Girl quit the Cavalry when she allowed herself to become the Designate, deeming humanity unworthy of her power at that time and traveling into outer space.

Comments: Created by Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage and Steve Uy.

Online sources list the Cavalry as appearing in Avengers: The Initiative I#21-22 but I did not see the assembled team in those issues, just Ultragirl as a solo heroine. Thor Girl appears in the issues but it is the real Thor Girl, who never joined the Cavalry, not the Skrull impostor who did join. Additionally, the Cavalry is said to be present in Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt#3-4 but the only members we see in these issue are Ultragirl and Thor Girl, and both are doing their own separate things apart from the Cavalry. Presumably, the rest of the Cavalry are still in the hospital in these issues so the actual team is not present in these issues.

Profile by Proto-Man.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Cavalry has no known connections to:


images: (without ads)
Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt#1, p4, pan4-5 (Cavalry confronting a masked shooter, main image)
Avengers: The Initiative I#18, p10, pan1 (original Cavalry team watching Skrull images)


Appearances:
Avengers: The Initiative I#12 (June, 2008) - Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage (writers), Steve Uy (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers: The Initiative I#18 (December, 2008) - Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage (writers), Steve Kurth (pencils), Drew Hennessy (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers: The Initiative I#23 (June, 2009) - Christos N. Gage (writer), Humberto Ramos (art), Jeanine Schaefer (editor)
Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt#1 (July, 2011) - Sean McKeever (writer), Mike Norton (art), Lauren Sankovitch (editor)
Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt#2 (August, 2011) - Sean McKeever (writer), Mike Norton (art), Lauren Sankovitch (editor)
Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt#6 (December, 2011) - Sean McKeever (writer), Mike Norton (art), Lauren Sankovitch (editor)


First Posted: 11/21/2018
Last updated: 11/21/2018

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