Appearing in "Second Coming, Chapter One"
- Cable (Nathan Summers)
- Hope Summers
- Cyclops (Scott Summers)
- Emma Frost
- Dazzler (Alison Blaire)
- Rogue (Anna Marie)
- Wolverine (Logan)
- Colossus (Piotr Rasputin)
- Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner)
- Psylocke (Betsy Braddock)
- Angel (Warren Worthington III)
- X-23 (Laura Kinney)
- Pixie (Megan Gwynn)
- Stepford Cuckoos
- Ariel (Mentioned)
- New Mutants
- Sapien League
- Human Council
Synopsis for "Second Coming, Chapter One"
In a flash of light, Cable and Hope Summers arrive in the present day amidst the ruins of the X-Mansion in Westchester. Before they can get their bearings, however, several members of The Right decked out in smile-faced armor arrive and open fire. Cable and Hope make quick work of them and hit the road, but they are followed closely by three vans full of Sapien League goons.
In Utopia, the leadership of the X-Men debrief on the aftermath of Selene’s attack and try to come to terms with how quickly the remaining mutant population is dwindling. After the meeting, the Cuckoos alert Cyclops that Cerebra has detected Cable’s psychic signature. Cyclops orders his troops into position: he sends Domino and Vanisher to San Francisco, Namor and Rogue to guard Utopia, and the New Mutants to take flight in the Blackbird.
The “alpha” team of Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Colossus, Psylocke, X-23, Angel, Magik, and Pixie teleport to Westchester. When they arrive, Wolverine catches Cable’s scent and they intercept the Sapien League vans on the highway, wrecking them and allowing Cable and Hope to escape. X-23 and Wolverine pull two men out of the wreckage and interrogate them for information on how they’re tracking Cable. Getting nothing from her prisoner, Laura *snikts* her claws into his brain. Horrified, Nightcrawler begins to suspect Cyclops, Logan, and X know more about the threat they're facing than they’re saying.
In Washington, D.C., the Human Council briefs Bastion on the resources and manpower at their disposal. Bastion orders them to kill the "mutant messiah".
MANY WILL BE WOUNDED. SEVERAL WILL DIE. The climax of four years of X-Men stories is the X-Event of 2010! What started in HOUSE OF M with the Decimation of mutantkind and erupted with the first new mutant birth in MESSIAH COMPLEX finishes here. In the epic crossover SECOND COMING, Cyclops’ faith pays off when Cable returns to the present with Hope, the girl he believes to be the mutant messiah. But will she be the savior or destroyer of mutantkind? We may never know, as she is the target of an initiative for mutant eradication unlike anything they X-Men have ever experienced. Many will be wounded. Several will die. Is Hope worth it?
- Also includes Bastion's "Kill Index", featuring short profiles on Bastion, Cable and Hope, Cyclops, the X-Men, X-Force, and the Human Council.
- Onyxx, Meld, and Diamond Lil were killed in X-Force (Vol. 3) #23
- Magneto fell into a coma after stopping the giant bullet carrying Shadowcat in Uncanny X-Men #522.
- The members of the Human Council were revived via the use of the transmode virus in X-Force (Vol. 3) #6.
- Bastion's password is "Master Mold" in binary digits.