The Venom factory was taken over by the Cult of the Kobra, who ceased all Venom shipments and began combining the drug with Project Blockbuster to create Kobra-Venom. Bane managed to escape and for the next month waged a guerrilla war on the Kobra cultists.
After being promised serious considerations from the Light, Bane allowed them to use his island. The plan was to coerce Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis into changing sides, but it was foiled when the rest of the Team showed up.
Aquaman traveled to the island nation to investigate a sudden rise of toxic metals in the water and soil, but stumbled upon an excavation operation run by the Light. He was captured by Bane, Black Manta and Lex Luthor. Aqualad and Alpha Squad went in to investigate LexCorp activity and freed Aquaman. Luthor got away, but the other two were arrested.