As Captain America lies dying, the rest of the Avengers find themselves the target of the Assassin’s evil plot. Tony Isabella brings his unexpectedly strong two-parter to a surprise conclusion (or two), with less-than-sterling art (mostly) from Don Heck.
Separated from Tara, soon-to-be-Warlord Travis Morgan is captured by slavers and forced to fight in a gladiator arena. Mike Grell’s art outshines his story here, with nice rendering and strong visual storytelling.
The X-Men’s Christmas outing to Rockefeller Center is interrupted by the return of the mutant-hunting giant robots, the Sentinels! Great character work and dynamic art anchor this strong effort from Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum.