- All I can think of is that somewhere something's burning. And somebody's losing something precious to the flames.
Appearing in "Dark Phoenix"
- Beast (Hank McCoy)
- Angel (Warren Worthington III)
- Empress Lilandra Neramani
- Dr. Moira MacTaggert
- Sean Cassidy
- Dr. Peter Corbeau
- Senator Kelly
- Avengers (Mentioned)
- S.H.I.E.L.D. (Mentioned)
- Fantastic Four
- Galactus (Mentioned)
- Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
- Doctor Strange (Stephen Strange)
- Silver Surfer (Norrin Radd) (Cameo)
- Shi'ar Empire
- Unnamed D'bari (Death)
- Unnamed New York EMTs
- Starcore personnel
- Vladimir Lenin (Mentioned)
Races and Species:
- Milky Way
- Sol System
- United States of America
- United Kingdom
- Starcore One
- Sol System
- Shi'ar Galaxy
Synopsis for "Dark Phoenix"
Continued from last issue.
While escaping from the Hellfire Club, Jean Grey gives into the dark side of her soul awakened by Mastermind, becoming the Dark Phoenix and destroying the X-Men's escape craft over Central Park. Miraculously, the X-Men survive the explosion and with quick thinking manage to make it safely to ground with only minor injuries. Their attempts to talk Jean out of attacking them fails and she easily trounces the team with her cosmic-level abilities.
While not far away at the Hellfire Club, the authorities are investigating what patrons there believe was an attack by the X-Men. After seeing his colleague Leland wheeled into an ambulance, Sebastian Shaw is consoled by U.S. Senator Robert Kelly, a guest at the party that night. Shaw recommends to Kelly using his government connections to restart the Sentinel program so that they can hunt down dangerous mutants as part of his secret scheme to vilify and destroy the X-Men. Before the two men can discuss things further, they are shocked to see a giant Phoenix effect fill the sky.
Shaw is not the only one, as Dark Phoenix uses her powers to fly away from Earth, her energy signature is picked up by Mr. Fantastic's sensors, Spider-Man's spider-sense, Dr. Strange's mystical senses and the Silver Surfer's cosmic awareness.
As Jean departs, an Avengers Quinjet lands in Central Park. It's piloted by the Beast who has come to the aid of his former allies, the X-Men. He finds them beaten but alive and agrees to fly them back to the X-Mansion in Salem Center.
In New Mexico, Professor X has a video conference with Moira MacTaggert on Muir Isle. They compare notes and realize that their greatest fear has come to be: Jean has lost control of her new powers and is now a great menace.
In space, Dark Phoenix loops around the sun and uses its gravity to slingshot her out of the solar system and towards a warp gate not far beyond it. This sends her to the D'bari system, which is part of the Shi'ar empire. Her goal is to return to and once again enter the M'Kraan Crystal.
The journey thus far has expended quite a bit of energy and she needs to recharge. She then feasts on the D'Bari system's star, causing it to go nova and obliterate all the living creautres on the planet orbiting it. A nearby Shi'ar flagship witnesses this act of genocide and retaliates. But Dark Phoenix proves to be too powerful for even a Shi'ar warship to contend with.
While on the Shi'ar throneworld, Empress Lilandra is awakened to the news of the destruction and witnesses the destruction of the flagship at Phoenix's hands. Lilandra grimly considers that they must deal with this threat no matter the cost.
Back on Earth, at Xavier's school, the X-Men wonder what they will do next. Scott, who still has his telepathic rapport with Jean tells his fellow X-Men that Jean is returning to Earth, and she's hungry.
This story is continued next issue.
Appearing in "Little Boy, Lost!"
- Toby Rails (Apparent death)
- Several unnamed orphan children
- Mr. Anderson
- Alex Summers (Dream)
- Chris Summers (Dream)
- Kate Summers (Dream)
- Unnamed secretary
- Mr. Pearson
- Robyn Hanover's mother (Photo)
Races and Species:
Synopsis for "Little Boy, Lost!"
- Synopsis not yet written.
Links and References
- First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
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