The mid 80's truly is a great time for Marvel Comics' heavy hitters, story wise at least.
This issue is no different.
Avengers #271 contains the beginning of the "Under Siege" storyline, which, In MY Opinion, is one of the best Avengers stories out there.
I am going to start with the art:
The team of John Buscema (pencils) and Tom Palmer (inks) is spot on.
Their renditions of Black Knight, Hercules and Sub Mariner in this ish are some of the best of those characters you will ever see.
And, Avengers Mansion as well as New York City are very memorable images under this art duo.
Like I said, beginning of Under Siege. Villains are being broken out of Jail Mysteriously. Captain Marvel is hunting down leads at first then testing her powers out under the supervision of Dane Whitman later. Monica Rambeau is a lost character in the Marvel U. In fact, during this run of Avengers is, really, the only time she is interesting. She has a cop that she is flirting with (and the relationship is well handled. It seems real. Not teenagerish or jump right into bed stuff, like most comic romances lately). She is learning her powers also in a way that seems real...like...the way a hero would learn their powers in the real world.
Wasp hooks up with an old buddy, Paladin for a few drinks until an opportunity to interrogate the new Yellowjacket comes their way from the NYPD. Grey Gargoyle and Screaming Mimi arrive to break Yellowjacket out during the interrogation. Then...Wasp, Black Knight and Paladin battle the three villains.
It is, like a lot of mid 80's marvel battles, an awesome super hero slugfest.
Sub Mariner is off in Atlantis trying to fight off another Attuma invasion. He obstinately ignores possible Avengers help, until he realizes he needs it.
Hercules, written perfectly, gets angry at wasp for ordering him around and not understanding Namor's need for honor. So he goes off and gets drunk.
Yeah....a lot happens in this comic, but none of it feels rushed. The characterization and continuity is spot on. The action is effective. the art is great.
4 out of 5 stars. Great read. Any Marvel fan should have it. period.