Mastermind tries to force Phoenix to kill Cyclops.
Juggernauts life is at risk when someone else uncovers the Ruby of Cyttorak and claims the powers of Juggernaut for himself, wanting to pick up girls. Cyclops and Wolverine find the new Juggernaut and intervene. He drops the Ruby and Wolverine and Cyclops escape with it. Professor X gives the Ruby back to his step-brother, restoring the original Juggernaut. He throws the Ruby into space and leaves the X-Men without a fight
Archangel has become obsessed with destroying Apocalypse, who he blames for ruining his life. Beast finds an alternative to defeating Apocalypse. The X-Men trap Apocalypse in a force field, create a pod around it, and jettison it into the space; they then return to the X-Mansion
The Phoenix continues to inhabit Jean's body. Jean is beginning to lose control, and the Phoenix begins to brazenly take over at will. When the Inner Circle Club learn of the Phoenix's power, they use Jason Wyngarde to create a new history in the mind of the confused Jean/Phoenix. Wyngarde creates a passionate romance between himself and her. When the X-Men come to rescue Jean, they find her fighting alongside Wyngarde
The space shuttle crash-lands in Jamaica Bay. Though the other X-Men are unscathed, Jean Grey's fate is unknown, until she flies into the air, displaying powers and a new costume she has never used before, and proclaims herself "The Phoenix" before collapsing, suffering from confusion, memory loss, and vast new powers. Meanwhile, Xavier goes to Muir Island to recuperate after his mind is attacked and a psychic projection of his dark side attacks the X-Men; an alien named Lilandra Neramani has come to seek Xavier's help, but Juggernaut and Black Tom Cassidy kidnap her.
Wolverine's former love, a Japanese woman named Yuriko, lures Wolverine into the Morlocks' tunnels with Gambit and Jubilee tailing behind Wolverine. She hopes to make a stunning alien discovery with Wolverine's help. They discover a ship, and Wolverine opens it.
An emissary of the alien race the Shi'ar, Eric The Red takes over the Eagle One space station. Professor Xavier has been suffering from troubling visions and loss of control over his powers since the X-Men's encounter with the Spirit Drinker. Aware of something occurring in space, he sends the X-Men go to the space station to stop Erik the Red from killing the astronauts. While returning, they collide with an energy wave.
Cyclops, still in mourning after Phoenix's death, quits the X-Men and returns to the orphanage he grew up in and encounters his friend Sarah. She tells him that a wealthy man has decided to adopt all the mutant children, especially Rusty; his true intentions are to make them his army to kill all humans in order to create a world where mutants are accepted. Cyclops must stop him and save the mutant children. Cyclops returns to the mansion, and is stunned to hear that Professor Xavier's powers have found Phoenix alive and well and returned to Earth.
In the Shi'ar court, Lilandra reveals Phoenix's destruction of the D'Bari solar system and declared that Phoenix has transformed into the Destroyer of legend and must die. Xavier reads Lilandra's mind and challenges her guard to the Duel of Honor that Lilandra cannot refuse for Jean Grey's life. The X-Men argue about whether defending the Phoenix is worth defending Jean. Lilandra and Xavier argue bitterly. On the Moon, the X-Men and the Imperial Guard fight. When the X-Men are defeated and Jean Grey can no longer maintain psychic control, the Phoenix breaks free and the X-Men are forced to fight her again.
DKen gets pulled into the Crystal, and becomes one with the universe inside it. Phoenix explains that the Crystal will suck all of existence inside of itself and create a new, lifeless universe to replace the one that was destroyed. On Earth, Storm and other heroes try to restore order as life starts to collapse. D'Ken, seemingly limitless in power, easily fights off the X-Men until Phoenix restores herself to power and helps the others escape. Realizing what she must do, she takes the opportunity to kiss Cyclops goodbye, tell the X-Men she loves them, and telling them that the heart of life is love.
Phoenix transports all the X-Men to Lilandra's ship, where she has hidden the M'Kraan Crystal. A group of space pirates called the Starjammers attack and steal the M'Kraan Crystal from the X-Men. Phoenix reads the leader, Corsair's mind, and discovers he is Cyclops' long-lost father. The Starjammers want to trade the Crystal to D'Ken, so that they will get close enough to kill him, but they are double-crossed. Despite Phoenix's best efforts, D'Ken unleashes the Crystal's power and sucks himself, the X-Men and the Starjammers inside.
Sauron kidnaps Storm to the Savage Land in order to feed from her mutant energy. Separated from the rest of the X-Men, Storm is encouraged by Sauron to free her inner tempest of energy, awakening Garokk. Phoenix continues to be absent from the team as Xavier and Moira McTaggert study the bond between Jean Grey and the Phoenix on Muir Island
Cyclops discovers that Corsair may be his father. Corsair is on the run from Shi'Ar authorities, who demand that Cyclops turn him over to them. It later comes to light that the Shi'Ar police officers are corrupt and are attempting to kill a witness under Corsair's protection. The X-Men defeat the corrupt Shi'Ar officers. Cyclops invites Corsair to stay for a while, hoping to clear things up, and Corsair accepts
In the Marvel Comics universe, mutants, people with genetically endowed superpowers, are a persecuted by a hateful and fearful populous. One shelter from this is Professor Xavier's Academy for Gifted Children. But the school has a secret function as a training centre for mutants to control their abilities so they can function in regular society
Garokk fuses with the island's volcano and the surging planetary force below it. Realizing his mistake, Sauron absorbs Garokk's energy and becomes as strong as Garokk. Sauron defeats Garokk. Storm regains control over her vast powers and the X-Men return home.
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