Synopsis for “Armageddon Now”
Continued from last issue…
With Emperor D’Ken threatening to destroy the universe while trying to utilize the power of the M’Kraan Crystal, the X-Men and the Starjammers compare notes and come to the conclusion that when the specific stars come into alignment the crystal will become available to D’Ken to access. While on Earth, Peter Corbeau connects with President Carter, the Avengers and the Fantastic Four and tells them some grim news: some strange force is threatening to destroy the universe. Most effected by this is the Wasp, who feels helpless when faced with a crisis that even Earth’s mightiest heroes cannot stop.
Back on the M’Kraan world, the X-Men approach the crystal and are confronted by it’s defender a miniature android named Jahf. Jahf warns them that he will defend the crystal to his death, and if he is destroyed a being twice as powerful as he would appear to defend the crystal next. Wolverine mocks the small android and finds himself knocked high into the atmosphere and is saved by the quick thinking of the Starjammer’s robot Waldo who teleports Wolverine aboard the ship. Soon Jahf is upon the X-Men and the Starjammers, easily thrashing them with his superior strength. When brute force doesn’t work, the X-Men pool their abilities to fight the creature. Storm clouds Jahf in a pea-soup fog allowing Banshee to get close enough to unleash the full fury of his sonic scream. While he manages to destroy Jahf, he strains his vocal chords so raw he can barely talk.
The two teams don’t get a moments reprieve however as they are attacked by the second guardian of the crystal, a giant robot named Modt. During the fight, Raza gets close enough to Emperor D’Ken and tosses the despot into the M’Kraan Crystal, causing D’Ken and both groups to be transported withing. There they find themselves in a large abandoned city. In the middle a sphere of pure light that Phoenix finds herself drawn to. Upon touching it, everyone present is struck by a bolt of energy that awakens in their mind their greatest fears. Jean manages to shake off the effects on herself, and when Cyclops goes berserk as a result of his illusions she knocks him out. Seeing the sphere being to crack, she channels the full power of her Phoenix powers to it and learns that it is a keeping the birth of a neutron universe at bay, and should the barrier break the universe as they know it would be destroyed to make way for this new universe.
Phoenix attempts to use her powers to repair the damage, however it is not enough as she needs additional life forces to help repair the damage. With only Storm and Corsair free from the sphere’s influence, she convinces both to give a portion of their life forces, revealing to Corsair that she knows that he is Christopher Summers. As Jean repairs the damage, Corsair realizes that Cyclops is his long lost son Scott and goes to the unconscious man’s side. However, Cyclops never wakes up to learn the truth, as soon as Jean repairs the damage she transports all the X-Men back home through the warp gate that brought them to the crystal.
There they find Professor X, Misty Knight and the Greys waiting and are confronted by Firelord, who explains that he has no quarrel with them anymore after Xavier explained how he was manipulated by Erik the Red. Following after the X-Men is Empress Lilandra, who’s coming burns out the warp gate keeping her on Earth. She explains to Charles and the X-Men that while her brother was driven insane by the M’Kraan Crystal she is now the ruler of the Shi’Ar, however there must be time to sort out the red tape to have her rightful place put on the Shi’Ar throne, and until then she is staying on Earth.