John McIver, now calling himself Bushmaster, began his quest for revenge against the Stokes Crime Family and reclaim Harlem's Paradise. He and his best friend, Sheldon decided to make their first preparation to be establishing themselves in Brooklyn. Bushmaster aimed to do that by usurping control from Nigel Garrison, the boss of his old gang Yardies. Meanwhile, Garrison became one of the potential buyers of Mariah Dillard's criminal assets.
Bushmaster and Sheldon waited for Garrison at his hideout. Bushmaster confronted Garrison about his dealings with Dillard. He declared that he will take control of his gang and reclaim Harlem. Garrison challenged his claim that even if he defeated Dillard, he still needed to content with the local enhanced vigilante, Luke Cage. Deciding that Garrison was unnegotiable, Bushmaster violently killed him and took control of the Yardies after demonstrating his own enhanced powers to the men.