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Appearing in "The Phalanx Covenant: Book 3: Final Sanction: Pt. 2 - The Phalanx Sanction"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Cable #16.

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Synopsis for "The Phalanx Covenant: Book 3: Final Sanction: Pt. 2 - The Phalanx Sanction"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Cable #16.

Cyclops, Jean Grey, Wolverine and Cable fly their plane to Mount Everest in an effort to plunge it into the Phalanx citadel. They are seen approaching by Cameron Hodge. They bail out just in time and all grab onto a ledge on Mount Everest. They cannot use their powers otherwise the Phalanx network will be able to register them as mutants and hone in on them. The plane barrels into the citadel and Stephen Lang grabs Psylocke and saves her from the destruction. He also is concealing the X-Men outside from Hodge.

The group make their way slowly up the north face of the mountain. They come up with a plan to scale the face of the mountain and make it in the citadel undetected. Lang continues planning against the Phalanx and Hodge starts to scan the mountain for beings. Lang tells him there is no need to scan the north face as it is unclimbable. Lang decides that Psylocke is to be the one to lead his plan and he tells her that she must submit to her integration into the Phalanx and he is setting up an override that will allow her to betray Hodge's orders when he orders Cable's assimilation by the Phalanx. She does not trust him but says she cannot argue with his plan.

Hodge continues to scan the north face and reads anomalies trying to climb up. Lang denies the possibility of this and Hodge believes Lang is acting strange. Cable and Wolverine make their way closer to the summit and do everything in they can not to use their powers. They finally pendulum off each other and make it up. Wolverine says he will work with Cable and settle their differences. Hodge then finds Psylocke walking around. He goes to contain her and realizes that she has been absorbed by the collective consciousness. She warns that Lang has partitioned his thoughts from the collective. Hodge suspects betrayal by Lang and finds a Phalanx tendril that was on the plane the X-Men came in on.

The X-Men finally attack the citadel. Hodge realizes that he was betrayed by Lang and sends Psylocke to detain him. The Phalanx attack the X-Men and realize that they are tougher than they appear. Wolverine makes his way to the collective womb and slices at the containment fields holding his other teammates. He finally cracks a hole in Bishop's and Bishop says that he has freed them. Hodge senses the X-Men in the womb trying to escape and sends his guards to attack. They are met by Wolverine who throws one of them into Bishop's field and Bishop absorbs the energy and frees them all.

Hodge then orders Psylocke to bring down Cable and she is able to be freed form the collective due to her overrides Lang put in place. She tells Cable and Jean to funnel their powers through her to focus them on a specific point in the structure. They bring down the network and Hodge tries to drain the other networks of their power to channel it to this site. This destroys the Phalanx sites in the other cities around the world. Lang smiles outside the citadel as his plan appears to have worked. He finally allows the citadel to collapse as he was what was allowing it to be sturdy and he plans to kill the Phalanx and the X-Men at the same time. The X-Men escape and Hodge grabs Lang as the building collapses. Lang screams out to Hodge that he does not know what he is doing as they fall down the mountain. Elsewhere, in outer space, a Phalanx entity has seen the destruction on Earth and plans a more aggressive approach to capturing Earth for the Phalanx.

Appearing in "Life Signs (Part 3) - The Light of a Tainted Dawn"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Excalibur #82.

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Synopsis for "Life Signs (Part 3) - The Light of a Tainted Dawn"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Excalibur #82.

The group of heroes find themselves in front of the Phalanx beacon. Shinar tells them that this is their beacon to the stars to alert the others of their success. He tells them that Douglock was an unsuspecting pawn to their plans. Shinar tells them that he is also pleased that Forge has come since he is going to be the "midwife" to the birth of a new lifeform. Cannonball and Wolfsbane decide to attack and try to save the villagers. The villagers do not move and Douglock finally stops them both and then Shinar knocks him out, saying that he sees through Douglock's act of fealty. Douglock is thrown into the building of the beacon and Shinar then turns to Forge and tells him that he will be the architect to the Phalanx's continued existence.

Havok stands on the edge of the castle at Mont Saint Francis. He thinks of all the battles that are going on against their new threat of the Phalanx. He thinks of how Banshee is doing leading a team to find the next generation of mutants the Phalanx are targeting and Cable and Wolverine who are trying to save the remaining X-Men. Shatterstar and Warpath walk to Havok and ask him what they are going to do. Havok tells them nothing and that the battles are being waged elsewhere.

Shinar takes Forge to an open glen where there are techno-organic chambers along the ground. They apparently house the new lifeforms that Shinar was talking of. He tells Forge that it is in his very nature to learn the workings of this new race and he tells Forge that there is no way he can resist the Phalanx and he knows that they are right. He then manipulates Forge into working to help give birth to the new race.

Douglock, Cannonball and Wolfsbane have been incorporated into the beacon's structure and Douglock slowly makes his way towards the top with the other two close behind him. He apologizes for what he did to them and says that it was necessary for them to get to the top of the beacon to destroy it. He tells them that this is the only way to bring down the Phalanx.

Meanwhile, Polaris and the rest of the gang head towards the beacon to help Forge, Douglock, Cannonball and Wolfsbane. They do not understand how they are registering so many Phalanx on the radar but do not see any in the woods as they fly over. They do not realize that they actually ARE the woods. They blast out of the ship and as soon as they hit land the Phalanx attack.

Douglock uses the moment of distraction as the key time to attack the beacon. He, Wolfsbane and Cannonball attack the spire and attempt to destroy it. They see that if they stop the energy flow from the villagers to the Phalanx then they will be able to save the villagers.

Shinar joins the attack against Polaris and her team. He tells them that humanity is doomed and that it is futile to resist the Phalanx. At this moment, Douglock decides to sacrifice himself to save the rest of humanity. He dives into the beacon's core and destroys it.

Nightcrawler teleports to Forge and finds that he is under Phalanx control. He tells Forge that he is going to need to stop helping them or he will be killing humanity. Forge attempts to create a block from the Phalanx's control but is unsure if he can do it.

Shinar begins to "melt" as the beacon falls to the ground. The rest of the Phalanx follow his lead. Cannonball takes Wolfsbane to the base and meets up with the remainder of the teams. Wolfsbane is sad that she has had to see Doug die again. Suddenly, Douglock appears to them and Wolfsbane runs up and hugs him. He then tells them that the Phalanx have nothing to live for now that the beacon is destroyed.

Forge finally frees himself of the Phalanx's hold and causes a surge to the incubation chambers that he was monitoring. This causes them to explode and Nightcrawler thanks Forge for doing this. Forge sits contemplating his humanity and whether he was fighting against his humanity or for it.

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This is a UK title that features reprints of American X-Men titles.

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