#8-11 "Primary Actions" (2000)
The former Ringmaster of the Circus of Crime has assumed a new identity as Presidential candidate Martin Thraller and hopes to win the election via his powers of hypnosis. After a chance meeting at a reception, Ringmaster hypnotizes Nick Fury and suddenly he goes missing. Dum Dum tracks down Jack Truman, aka Deathlok, and assigns him the task of finding Fury. Following a trail that leads him to a new powerful Mafia led by the enigmatic Doyle, Deathlok finds Doyle is, in fact, a brainwashed Nick Fury. Deathlok rekindles Fury's memories with a neural agent just as hired gun Clown, another former alumni of the Circus of Crime, unleash a hit on Doyle/Fury as per a contract with the Yakuza and clashes with Deathlok, resulting in a hasty retreat by Clown. Angry at the loss of his reputation as a hitman, Clown catches a news bite of Thraller and recognizes him as Ringmaster.
Aboard a S.H.I.E.L.D. orbiter, Fury is subjected to a mind probe and the memory of his meeting Ringmaster as Thraller is triggered. Fury plans to infiltrate the next Thraller rally, while Clown works his old contacts with the Circus of Crime to break into the rally and settle scores with the former Ringmaster. Meantime, Truman is experiencing serious problems being trapped inside the Deathlok unit and is slowly losing sanity. At a rally set to answer charge of tax evasions, Clown, forcing a confrontation with an undercover Deathlok confronts Ringmaster. Chaos ensues as S.H.I.E.L.D. breaks up the rally; the Ringmaster is shot near fatal and both Deathlok and Clown slip away, the latter purposely let go by Truman. With the Presidential elections safe from tampering, Fury lets Truman go on his own. Tracking down ex-agent Larry Young, Truman forces a mental swap and leaves Young trapped in the Deathlok unit, while he starts a new life as a human being again.