Sable had contacted Cathy Webster , a former partner of Captain America who had trained with him extensively. She seemed apprehensive at first, but joined feeling she could do some good. Felicia Hardy and Julia Carpenter were also sought out, but both turned down the idea. Donyell approached his former teammate Turbo, who rejected the idea outright, but introduced Donyell to Johnny Gallo. Johnny felt he needed a change and agreed to sign up.
While Sable and Donyell were out recruiting, Farrell and the Prowler were out finding potential targets. Farrell remembered that Ock had put Stunner in suspended animation. After breaking into Ock's lab, and a small confrontation with his lackeys, they accquired the amazonian strongwoman.
Prowler confessed an apprehension to the process. He didn't want to leave his body in other's hands. Farrell understood and said he had an idea. They went to a secluded part of the lab. There, Farrell showed Prowler one of Ock's greatest achievements: An inert sample of the Venom symbiote. It still responded to intense emotional reaction, with none of the potentially dangerous outcomes. The Prowler smiled and took the sample.
Sable was the first to undergo the procedure. She took Stunner's body. After the process was a success, she dyed her hair green and put on a new costume. Johnny remarked she looked suspiciously like Doc Samson. Such was her intent. After the Thunderbolt's fiasco, the public was resistant to totally new heroes. She in turn, provided a familiarity in her new identity. Prowler incorporated the symbiote into his costume. Then they received a tip that the Rhino was hiding out in Texas. They went and to their surprise, found the Armadillo instead.
After a brief battle, they were able to subdue the Armadillo and transport him back to their HQ. As soon as they arrived, they heard the reports that the recently turned hero Armadillo had been kidnapped. They continued the process and Donyell took Armadillo's body. Looking at plans Ock had for the Scorpion's tail, they modified them and created a mace tale for Donyell and renamed him Anklo.
Reports came in of Code Blue in battle with Quicksand and Mongoose. Again, our heroes came on the scene and trapped the villains. Cathy took the body of Quicksand, renaming herself Sandstorm. Johnny took the body of Mongoose and a cue from Sable and named himself the White Panther.
Finally complete, the new team took to the public as Strikeforce 6. They fought public battles with Hydroman, The Gibbon, and the Wrecking Crew, coming out on top each time. It was during their twarting of the hired killer Chance, that tragedy struck. They were able to stop him, but not before he shot the White Panther in the head. As they arrived back at HQ, they saw that Johnny's mind had not transferred back, but had flatlined as well. There was a knock at the door.....