Jason Aaron; Brian Michael Bendis (story); Ed Brubaker (story); Jonathan Hickman (story); Matt Fraction (story)
Laura Martin; Larry Molinar
Avengers [Beast; Black Panther; Black Widow; Luke Cage; Captain America; Captain Britain (cameo); Daredevil (cameo); Doctor Strange; Falcon (cameo); Giant-Man [Henry "Hank" Pym] (cameo); Hawkeye; Iron Fist; Iron Man; Mockingbird (cameo); Ms. Marvel; Quicksilver; Red Hulk; Scarlet Witch; She-Hulk; Spider-Man; Spider-Woman [Jessica Drew]; Thing; Thor; Vision; Wolverine]; Phoenix Five [Colossus; Cyclops; Emma Frost; Magik]; X-Men [Armor; Gambit; Pixie [Megan Gwynn]; Professor X; Storm; Hope Summers]
From the city of K'un Lun, the Avengers try to figure out a way to stop the Phoenix force while running guerilla missions against the X-Men on Earth. Spider-Man tries not to get disheartened as many of his comrades simply don't make it back. While trying to rescue Thor from the heart of a volcano which Magik has turned into a slice of Limbo, Spidey finds himself making a sacrifice play as he faces Colossus and Magik on his own. He is badly beaten but succeeds in turning the two against each other which causes the Phoenix force to desert them. An even more powerful Cyclops arrives in K'un Lun.