The deep space transmission was in a language that mankind had not yet encountered. Their alien allies ignored the human concern and took it as another paranoid Earthman thing. Then the ships arrived. Large alien battleships the size of aircraft carriers and with them a vast invasion force. The Guardians of Earth went to work and drove off the invaders, leaving the new threat broken and in disarray. One of the ships crashed in South America while the rest went back into deep space. It was all cool for a while. The amount of rogue interactions increased, but the drug trade from Central and South America practically vanished overnight. New businesses arrived in New York and prosperity spread. But it was all a façade. The alien attackers had let the humans think that they had won. In reality they had taken control of South America and had infiltrated the global market and just about anything else they could get involved in. The Guardians got sidelined and their funding slashed. Then the first in a series of super villain attacks occurred. Older Guardians fought hard to protect the American way. The newer villains had alien membership cards on them. Yes, membership cards. When translated into English they read “Mercenary Club.” It was a bad omen. Something bigger was going on in South America.