Even the best of us get tired.
#160 has fill-in art by Brent Anderson, and #161 appears to be a filler story about Xavier and Erik’s friendship before they became Professor X and Magneto. But then, in #162, the space travel saga resumes, and we get the beginning of the Brood infection storyline. The team has been infected with a virus that turns them into Broods, but Wolverine’s healing factor makes his transformation incomplete. Then, in #164, we get Cockrum’s last issue. In this storyline, we begin to see Carol Danvers (the depowered Ms. Marvel) experience some sort of transformation as well, which ultimately leads her to become Binary.
A side-story in these issues is Colossus’ kid sister, Illyana Rasputin, beginning to change as well.
Lots of transformations, lots of parallel storylines. Great stuff again, Clarement, you genius you.
Also: 1st appearance of S’ym in issue #160, where the team goes to Limbo to fight Belasco.