Title: Above and Beyond
Story: Kurt Busiek
Art: Alan Davis/Mark Farmer/Tom Smith
Summary: The Avengers have established a new pro-active stance and have instituted a global approach to addressing potential threats. They've started their efforts by infiltrating and dismantling numerous training academies run by the Taskmaster. As the story opens, the Scarlet Witch leads Triathlon, Wonder Man, Quicksilver & Warbird in the latest successful raid. However, the Taskmaster manages to escape once again.
Meanwhile at the Mansion, the Vision and Goliath (AKA the *duplicate* Hank Pym) unveil the Avengers spiffy new global tracking and status board. Avengers' co-leaders Wasp & Capt. America review their new equipment and strategy. They check in with three of their newly established "Avengers checkpoints". In Slorenia, the Black Knight and Firebird have joined SHIELD in trying to end the threat of the Bloodwraith. In the Savage Land, the Jack of Hearts is investigating the remains of one the High Evolutionary's bases. While in orbit, Quasar, Living Lightning and Photon put the finishing touches on the Avengers' new deepspace monitoring station. We also get a glimpse at various detection/alert devices that Iron Man is constructing and the construction of state-of-the-art sub-basements in the bowels of Avengers mansion! Cap draws Thor back into the fold, adding the Thunder God's might to the Avengers newly renewed mission. This new direction comes just in time. While our heroes are re-organizing a villainous figure works magic over Greece while others are carefully studying the Avengers from afar.
Finally, the Vision and Carol find a free moment to go on their date. Vizh takes Carol jet-skiing on the Hudson River and then out for a hot dog before catching a pair of Hong Kong Action flicks. Carol is pleasantly surprised by the Vision's choices and seems to be thoroughly enjoying herself. Carol bluntly asks the synthezoid Avenger if he merely asked her out to make Wanda jealous. The Vision admits that he will always have deep feelings for Wanda, but that he has decided to try to focus on his own personal happiness. He also admits that he is trying a variety of things to discover what he likes. So far he's tried jet-skiing, hot dogs and Carol!
Carol's date with the Vision ends abruptly when news comes through of a major incident. As foreshadowed earlier, there's trouble in Greece where citizens of a small village appear to have been transformed into Hulk-like monsters. Before the call for help is complete, the Avengers' new core roster: Cap, Thor, Wasp, Goliath, Wanda, Vision, Warbird, Quicksilver and Iron Man are speeding off to intervene!
NOTE: Triathlon & Wonder Man are active Avengers but are working undercover to break up the Taskmaster's operations. Apparently, other Avengers are being stationed on active duty around the globe!