TO: All S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents
FROM: Nick Fury, Executive Director
SUBJECT: The Pulse
I’m dispensing with any sense of formality. Whatever it was that hit us, hit us HARD. You already know about the power grids going down on a global scale, the cities paralyzed by gridlock as cars stop working, the rioting that always ensues whenever people aren’t sure when they’re going to get their next meal, and the psychopaths who seize opportunities like this to play their little games without getting caught. As far as we can tell, S.H.I.E.L.D. is the only major institution unaffected by this “Pulse” as our orbital probes detected its approach from deep space and we were able to protect our own systems in time.
We are all that stands between the world and total chaos, people.
All leave is cancelled until further notice and all agents should report to their respective station houses or helicarriers.
All in-training agents and new recruits have been promoted to active status and should report to their superiors for field assignment.
I am activating the Avengers Initiative to assemble as many known super powered friendlies as we can to help restore order. Agents will be expected to assist in the deployment and coordination of heroes and hero teams.
It is only through this alliance between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the super heroes that the damage caused by The Pulse can be minimized and those who seek to exploit it for their own selfish ends are brought to justice.
That is all. Carry on, people.
Make me proud.