Maximum Security (comics)

Maximum Security (comics)
"Maximum Security (comics)"

Cover of Maximum Security 1 (Dec, 2000).Art by Jerry Ordway.
Publisher Marvel Comics
Publication date December 2000 – January 2001


Creative team
Writer(s) Kurt Busiek
Penciller(s) Jerry Ordway
Letterer(s) Jason Levine
Troy Peteri
Albert Deschesne
Colorist(s) Tom Smith
Jason Wright

"Maximum Security" was a comic book story line and company-wide crossover that ran through a three-issue, self-titled limited series and individual issues of the other titles published by Marvel Comics with a cover date of either December 2000 or January 2001. In it, a multitude of alien civilizations that have previously interacted with Earth join forces to prevent humans from interfering further with galactic affairs. To accomplish this, they designate Earth as a penal colony.

The miniseries and its crossover in the pages of Avengers were written by Kurt Busiek.

Marvel collected the story arc in trade paperback on November 24, 2010.[1]


Publication history

In December 2000, Marvel Comics published Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet, which recapped relevant events and set up the crossover's main plot. All three issues of Maximum Security were published in January 2001. Most other comics from the publisher that month tied-in to the event, if only marginally.

While not carrying the "Maximum Security" banner, plotlines from the earlier miniseries Avengers Forever (1999) and Avengers Infinity (2000) were concluded in Maximum Security.


Thor, Tigra, Starfox, Quasar, Moondragon, Photon and the Jack of Hearts become the temporary Avengers Infinity squad when they travel into space and encounter a group of cosmic entities called the Infinities. The Infinities planned to rearrange galaxies (destroying all life in those galaxies in the process) in order to improve the flow of their energies. The heroes convinced the Infinities not to destroy the Earth and the other threatened planets. At the end, the unofficial team began to make their way to an intergalactic bar.[2]

Meanwhile, at the Intergalactic Council, the Skrull ambassador files a formal complaint against humans, charging that Professor X and a band of Skrull mutants, known as Cadre K, have been interfering in the extermination of other Skrull mutants. The Council is attacked by Ego the Living Planet, and are rescued by Professor X and Cadre K. A new race, the Ruul, help to miniaturize and imprison Ego. Despite the human assistance, the council sides with the Skrulls and vote to take action against Earth.[3]

Earth's solar system is surrounded by a force field, and Earth is turned into a prison for intergalactic criminals. Ronan the Accuser acts as warden from an orbiting space craft. The Avengers learn the miniaturized Ego was among the aliens condemned to Earth, and that he is expanding and becoming one with the Earth. At the rate it grows, it could possibly assimilate the entire planet Earth within a week.[4]

Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, and the Silver Surfer work to stop Ego from expanding. Meanwhile, Cadre K are try to convince the Intergalactic Council to reverse its actions, but are resisted by the Skrull Ambassador. On Earth, people are rallying the alien criminals to fight back against Ronan.[5]

Meanwhile, at a S.H.I.E.L.D. base on the moon, the Ruul release their leader, the Supreme Intelligence.[6] At the same time, Cadre K is imprisoned as a result of their interruption of the council meeting.[7]

While the Avengers Infinity group are held by the Shi'ar, the Ruul imprison them under the orders of the Supreme Intelligence. The Supreme Intelligence tells them how he made use of the Destiny Crystal, a device of great power he recently acquired.[8] He used the crystal to accelerate the evolution of the Kree, creating the Ruul, who then manipulated the Council in a plan to destroy get revenge on the Avengers and Earth. He will then use Ego's power as a weapon to expand the Kree empire.

U.S. Agent persuades the alien prisoners to fight on the side of Earth. He takes command of the Avengers and all the other heroes they can find, and leads an attack on Ronan's Citadel.[9] During the battle, the Avengers Infinity team free themselves and teleport to the Intergalactic Council. Moondragon telepathically explains the true situation to the council members. The Supreme Intelligence appears in front of the council and admits the truth, but claims that it is too late to stop it.

Using information obtained by Gambit,[10] Quasar is able to absorb Ego into his Quantum Bands. Ronan is defeated, and the Supreme Intelligence's plan fails. Quasar decides to leave Earth to avoid the risk of unleashing Ego again. The Council removes the alien criminals from Earth, and decide to take no further action against humans.[11]



  1. ^ Avengers / X-MEN: Maximum Security at, accessed January 11, 2011.
  2. ^ Avengers Infinity #1-4 (Sept - Dec 2001)
  3. ^ Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet one-shot (Dec 2000)
  4. ^ Maximum Security #1 (Jan 2001)
  5. ^ Maximum Security #2 (Jan 2001)
  6. ^ Thunderbolts #45 (Jan 2001)
  7. ^ X-Men #107 (Jan 2001)
  8. ^ Avengers Forever #12 (2000)
  9. ^ Avengers vol 3 #35 (Jan 2001)
  10. ^ Gambit #23 (Jan 2001)
  11. ^ Maximum Security #3 (Jan 2001)

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