The Freedom Team
Alternate Iron Legacy Future
For More Information, See The Letters Page Episode #19, The Freedom Five
The Freedom Four (Silver Age) was formed originally to help bring the popularity of the Golden Age version of Absolute Zero and The Shrieker up, using the far more popular Legacy and The Wraith. This did not work out so well for that purpose, and eventually Sentinel Comics added Haka to help raise the popularity of the book as well, forming the first Freedom Five. In the end, this did not help either and the Golden Age Freedom Team was canceled. The Golden Age Absolute Zero and The Shrieker are basically canceled, though alternate versions will make return.
Eventually a new Freedom Team was created, continuing the old numbering of books (to keep a Rich History, though they have canceled the old books). The first and second annual books are Freedom Four, until Ryan Frost, aka Absolute Zero joins the team by the third book, where it is the Freedom Five from then on, with one exception. Book #7, titled The Freedom Four Annual #7 was a flashback story, told by Tachyon to Absolute Zero, about the original Silver Age Team - this brought the history of the Silver Age Absolute Zero and The Shrieker into current cannon.
The Freedom Six Event
An Alternate Future from the primary timeline; Iron Legacy Variant
In a dark future where Iron Legacy patrols and judges the world with an iron fist, the Freedom Six formed from the remnants of the Freedom Five, whose time had long since past. Tachyon scoured the globe for her former teammates and found those who had survived. Most were worse for wear, but, with the addition of an old foe in the hollowed-out shell of an experimental version of the Bunker suit, and a mechanical golem that believes it is actually the long-dead Unity, a new team was formed. Will they be strong enough to withstand the great challenges they face? Only time will tell..
This information is from Sentinel Tactics, one of two branching alternate timelines after the OblivAeon Event!
Many things have changed in the last several years. After some of the major, nigh existence-ending events which rocked our world, there was backlash against superpowered individuals, and the U.S. government sought to gain tighter control of their superteam, The Freedom Five. A series of mandates left the team unable to act without court permission and hamstrung their ability to fight villains on non-U.S. soil. These changes were tenuous at best, and each member of the team bristled under this new control.
In a surprise press conference, Maia Montgomery, C.E.O. of Montgomery Industries, revealed that she was also the hero known as The Wraith! She was then joined in the press conference by Paul Parsons in his full Legacy costume. Even more shockingly, the two jointly announced the Freedom Five's move to be a private group, severing their ties with the government.
Behind the scenes, Ms. Montgomery had leveraged her family's fortune to make this move possible. She purchased the Freedom Tower outright, owning it entirely herself. Furthermore, she paid to have a large portion of the tower converted into a state-of-the-art research lab with the aid of Dr. Meredith Stinson (AKA the speedster Tachyon). It was named the Stinson-Montgomery Laboratory and was staffed with some of the best and brightest minds in modern science.
Dr. Stinson and former-Lt. Vance worked together to build a new Bunker suit - this one no longer benefitting from military R&D and ordnance, but still something that would allow Tyler Vance to bring his tactical genius to bear on the battlefield. And, of course, it would also provide an impressive amount of firepower. Though still a massive metal suit, this new Bunker was smaller and more efficient than previous versions and could be launched considerable distances from Freedom Tower.
Finally, Maia bought out the rest of Absolute Zero's government contract on his suit, allowing him to go free and do as he pleased. When Ryan Frost was informed of his freedom, he stood silently, unmoving. Dr. Stinson reassured him that she would provide regular suit maintenance for him and that they would help him find a way to live that would make him most comfortable. "I am…" the normally frigid man said after a moment, a hint of emotion betraying his reaction. "I am most comfortable with you - my family." And thus, Absolute Zero remained a full-fledged member of the team.
Maia continued to be a part of the team, keeping the name The Wraith, but she no longer needed to hide her face. Montgomery Industries had sold off most of its patents in order for her to raise the money needed so her team could make a clean break, and she eventually sold off the remnants of the corporation. Losing the family company was hard, but there was a clear choice to be made, and her focus was on being part of The Freedom Five.
Now, the five heroes, each a bit older, more experienced, but more free than ever before, work together to protect the world from whatever may threaten it. They are heroes, friends, family; they are The Freedom Five.
This information is from the upcoming Sentinels Comics RPG, one of two branching alternate timelines after the OblivAeon Event!
The Freedom Five dissolve in this timeline. Legacy hangs up his cape, taking the name Heritage and acting as a mentor. The others move on to less strenous positions. Eventually Felicia Parsons, aka 'Young Legacy' takes the mantle of Legacy and forms the team Daybreak.