Erik the Red traveled to Earth with his lover Deathbird in order to take control of the planet. But they were intercepted by the members of the X-Men who boarded their ship and battled the Shi'ar soldiers within. Erik and Deathbird made their presence known which enabled Daken to enable his plan. The ship detonated on Daken's order.
Erik was then commanded by Deathbird to engage the mutants which he took pleasure in doing. He jumped at Ice Master looking to get a hit but was blocked by Drake's ice shield. The fight didn't last long as Ice Master froze Eric in a block of ice.