I've never been a fan of these splash pages that are actually just panels from the story. I mean let's face it. Comics almost by definition are bigger than life and a full page splash that symbolizes the story in one way or another is simply the perfect way to introduce your story.
Roy Thomas is gone from the seris at this point and Gerry Conway, although a talented writer, does not have Roy's knack for introducing characters and plot unobtrusively just in case the reader missed the previous issues.
Art here is okay. Nothing special. George Tuska and Sam Grainger aren't a bad combination and the talented Tuska pretty much worked well on everything. But again...splashes were not his strong point. Overall...one of my least favorite splashes to date. There would be a real tendency to suggest that the series had jumped the shark by this point if I didn't know what was coming soon. Hang in there. It gets better.