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The X-Men face the Shi'ar Imperial Guard in a trial by combat to spare the life of Jean Grey, though even they begin to question the safety of the universe as long as the Dark Phoenix remains alive inside her.
Fueled on by his desire to seek vengeance against the immortal mutant that changed him into a weapon of evil, Archangel persaudes Rogue into helping him hunt down and destroy Apocalypse.
The Circle Club makes the Phoenix-controlled Jean Grey their new Queen, but finds two factors opposing it: her mental bond with Cyclops, and the presumed-dead Wolverine stalking after them.
As the Dark Phoenix grows increasingly hostile, even destroying an entire star system, the X-Men struggle to figure out a way to stop her without harming their teammate Jean Grey.
Tormented by memories of his hidden past, Wolverine sets out, along with Beast, to the Canadian government facility where he gained his Adamantium skeleton. There, he discovers everything he knows about himself, which isn't much as it is, is wrong.
A founding member of the X-Men, named Iceman, breaks into a government facility. He refuses to trust his former teammates about his reasons for doing so, but when Jubilee aids him in his quest, it leads to the team going up against another group of mutants, known as X-Factor.
An ancient and immensely powerful mutant, known as Apocalypse, creates four Horsemen to help usher in a new world where survival of the fittest reigns.
The flirtation between Cyclops and a mutant singer named Dazzler exacerbates the Phoenix-controlled side of Jean Grey, leaving her open for manipulation by a secret sect of mutants coveting her immense powers for their own evil designs.
The X-Men return from Genosha, finding the home destroyed, and Professor Xavier missing. They suspect a super-strong Russian mutant named Colossus, but the real culprit turns out to be someone more human, far tougher, and with deeper ties to the Professor.
While vacationing in Europe, Wolverine, Gambit, and Rogue hear of a local legend about a blue-skinned demon terrorizing an isolated town. They investigate, and not only discover that the demon is actually a mutant called Nightcrawler, but the nature of faith in the face of adversary.
Rogue seeks a scientist who claims to be able to "cure" any mutant of their powers, unaware that neither he, nor his process, are what they appear to be.
Nightcrawler gets a mysterious message. He is informed that his birth mother (whom he never knew) is in trouble. He turns to the X-Men for assistance. Jubilee is baffled that Nightcrawler wants to help the mother who abandoned him -- she has never known her birth parents and feels pretty hostile toward them, whoever they are. Nightcrawler admits there has been pain, but his faith in God has helped him overcome her rejection. The plot thickens when one of the team members recognizes Nightcrawler's mother's voice. There are more 'bloodlines' here than anyone imagined, including the Friends of Humanity who arranged this 'reunion' in the first place.moreless
Cyclops discovers that Corsair, the leader of the interstellar band of pirates known as the Starjammers, is his father. He's a fugitive on the run from the Shi'ar empire, and seeks his help in proving his innocence. But can the man who abandoned him as a child truly be trusted?
Professor Xavier's step-brother, and sworn enemy, the Juggernaut loses his powers to a bumbling archeologist. He must overcome the pain of their childhood together, and have the powers restored to him to save his life.
Mutant-draining, pterodactyl-man Sauron is persuaded into capturing Storm by Zaladane, the high priestess of Savage Land Sun God Garokk, unaware of her ulterior motives for unleashing the mutant's full potential.
The origin of Mr. Sinister.
Storm's unfettered weather-fury continues setting the stage for the rise of Garokk. Even if Storm can be brought back under control, the Sun God's geothermal rejuvenation will spell an end to the Antarctic paradise known as the Savage Land.
When the army learns of Sam Guthrie's cannonball power, they try to enlist him in their ranks.