Title: Scorched Earth
Story: Kurt Busiek
Art: Steve Epting/Al Vey/Tom Smith
Summary: The Avengers fight battles on two fronts: Cap, Wanda, Simon, Iron Man and Photon take on an enormous Bloodwraith whose Ebony Blade has been possessed and super-charged by the restless souls of Slorenia's dead. Meanwhile, Warbird, the Wasp, Jack of Hearts, Triathlon and Vision struggle to save the Mansion from Pagan & Lord Templar. Both battles end in a stalemate. Pagan & Templar are narrowly defeated (partly due to the Triunes attempt to make Triple Snacks look good!) but the villains manage to escape. In Slorenia, the team is unable to defeat the Bloodwraith but do manage to contain him within the nation's borders. Oh, and in all the confusion, that mysterious Yellowjacket captures and replaces the real Goliath! All this chaos causes Cap to re-evaluate the Avengers modus operandi, leading to a bold new direction next issue!