AVENGERS #340 (1991)

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In this fill-in issue, a woman gets hit by a car, Captain America goes to see if she’s okay, and she tells him to “save the children.”

From there, Cap and Wasp infiltrate a munitions factory…

…where her evil husband has brainwashed their quintuplets into being little warlike dudes.  And they also meet Bulwark.

I usually like deathtrap issues, but this one is pretty clunky.  And the threat is way below an Avengers-level threat.

PUNISHER SUMMER SPECIAL #1 (1991)

In 1992, Marvel published the first of four Punisher Summer Specials, because after all he only was in two regular ongoings and had only three or four one-shots or graphic novels that year. So he needed more exposure.

Lots of good names were attached to the project: Peter David, Pat Mills, Val Mayerik, Jim Palmiotti, Dan Slott…But it was really just mindless (and mind-numbing) violence with nothing to redeem it.

Except the Barbed Wire Gun.