Okay, so, the reputation as one of North America's most feared villains isn't ideal. At all. Probably really gets in the way of this 'trying to unfuck Earth Bet' thing -
But Nereus already had that crisis. And, well, it sucks, but -
He's heartbroken the Slaughterhouse Nine. Well except Hatchet Face, Hatchet Face had to go the old fashioned way, but Nereus has crossed one of his biggest targets off his list, and they have a kill order out on them, is mind control really that much worse -
Nereus is lying low for now, while he plays psychologist to his new friends - they like him, will follow him, but getting them to consistently behave when they're away from him is a bit of a longer haul -
And then Jack shouts something, and Nereus twists, and there's a cape he doesn't recognize, what little is visible of her face scrunched up -
Nereus opens his mouth, recognizing someone who's about to try and stop him - he only needs a word or two for his power to kick in, though most people start liking him a little bit even just doing recon - and anyways he needs to tell the fucking Slaughterhouse Nine not to kill her - this is slightly likely to be a disaster -
She hits him with a beam from her gun, and the world unspools around him, a portal flickering open then closing just as fast -
And he's elsewhere.