R.I.S.E. is a metahuman black OPs team put together by the US government and allied nations. Its leader is Col. Franklin Lawler, its mission commander Cobalt. The acronym stands for "reform initiative for superhuman entities", and it designates a program which is primarily concerned with exploiting superpowers of incarcerated supervillains for military purposes. However, not all team members are supervillains. Those that are have severe physical restrictions (usually implants) placed on them to keep them from rebelling against their superiors. Others are in it for the money (Militia) or for access to government resources (Fury and Archangel).
The concept of R.I.S.E. was one of several options of bringing metahuman powers under government control which was developed by the US during the active time of the Heroes Unite Initiative. When it became apparent that HUI was breaking down during the events of Energize: Hunted, Col. Franklin Lawler was provided with the mandate of making it a reality. R.I.S.E. is first shown in the pages of HA #9, shortly before their first mission.
- Archangel (code-named "Omega")
- Fury (code-named "Alpha")
- Thanatos (former member)