After the events of last issue, Blackbird and a good portion of the Avengers' members-in-training/reserve team (Benni, Motya, Radical Warrior, and Centennial Man) managed to defeat and capture MODOK, Kraven the hunter, and the Taskmaster, as well as avert a potential missile crisis at a military base in the Appalachian mountains, remove a rogue director of SHIELD, and at least alert Project Pegasus about an upcoming jailbreak plot.
Meanwhile, EnergyStar, Jericho Tesla, Agent X, PowerSurge, and several of their allies assisted SHIELD in a mission to China, which ended up involving a detour to the Negative Zone. The full details of which have been classified by SHIELD*.
When the team reassembles in Buffalo, expediting the applications for Motya and Centennial Man's membership is the next priority. Both are issued their official Avengers comm cards and join the Avengers' training team within a week. Jericho, meanwhile, is promoted to active membership in Avengers' North, bringing the two teams current lineups to:
Avengers North: EnergyStar, MinuteMan, Blackbird, and Jericho Tesla
AEF (Trainees): Benni Ricci, Motya Cheykina, Centennial Man, Ka-Zar, Blue Marvel, and Radical Warrior** with Agent X (in his guise as Christopher Michaels) as NSC liaison
So, what does an extended family of superheroes do after they save the community, save the nation, save the world, and save the Negative Zone all over the course of a week?
Why, take a vacation of course!
More to follow.
* Meaning, we haven't finished playing that side adventure yet!
** Of course, EnergyStar has asked Rad to join the main team several times, but he has refused and only grudgingly accepted membership on the AEF after his sister pleaded with him. Should Rad ever decide to 'upgrade', the door to Avengers North is always open to him.