Greater Love Hath No X-MAN
Continued from last issue...
Aboard the space station run by the anti-mutant Project: Armageddon, it's leader Stephen Lang seemingly has control of the original X-Men (Cyclops, Angel, Iceman, Beast, Marvel Girl, Havok, Polaris and Professor X) and has ordered them to kill the new team (Storm, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Colossus, and Banshee). As the battle rages on, the new team of X-Men find some interesting inconsistencies from those that they are fighting: The original team seemingly has no memory of their replacements, the Beast isn't covered in blue fur and Cyclops is wearing his old visor.
As they fight on the defensive, Wolverine decides to take the battle to Professor X and is caught off guard when the Professor stands on two legs and knocks Wolverine out in one punch. Marvel Girl uses her telepathic powers one Wolverine, and Wolverine finally realizes that they have been distracting him from using his enhanced senses. Relying on only those, Wolverine strikes at Marvel Girl, revealing that she is not the real Jean Grey at all, but a robot.
This angers Lang, as he had created his army of X-Sentinels to be unbeatable duplicates of the original X-Men to exterminate other mutants. Lang explains to the captured Cyclops, Professor X, Jean Grey, and Peter Corbeau how he was a member of a government project organized to determine the cause of mutants.
Having developed a hatred for mutants, he would the Sentinel base once owned by Larry Trask and go over the notes there to build his own Sentinels. Making a deal with a clandestine organization calling themselves the Council of the Chosen, Lang was given the funded he needed to begin Project: Armageddon to devise a means of eliminating mutants. While Lang has been ranting, Cyclops uses the opportunity to blast through his confinement with his optic blast and then free the others.
As the X-Men in the other room destroy the Sentinel dopplegangers of the original team, Cyclops attempts to knock out Lang. Lang manages to flee to his gunship and attempts to kill Cyclops, however Jean uses her telekinesis to mess with the controls and forces Lang's gunship to crash into a view screen and explode, seemingly killing Lang in the process. With the space station compromised and about to blow, the X-Men find themselves stranded on the space station now that Lang's minions have escaped in all the escape pods. Going back to their ship, they find that the autopilot has been damaged, making it impossible to fly the ship through the solar flare passing through Earth's atmosphere without someone to pilot the ship. Corbeau points out that whoever pilots the ship would be flash fried by the radiation.
However, Jean steps up and offers to fly the ship -- pulling Corbeau's flying skills from his mind and believing that her telekinetic shield could protect her from the radiation. When Scott tries to protest she uses her powers to knock him out and orders the other X-Men and Corbeau into the radiation shielded room. Even Wolverine and Storm fail to talk Jean out of sacrificing herself for them, but to no avail.
Sealing the hole in the ship with a telekinetic shield, Jean begins to pilot the ship back through Earth. In the shielded room, Cyclops revives and tries to break free, forcing the other X-Men to restrain him, telling him that it's too late to save her. As Jean flies through the solar storm, her powers are pushed to the limits and the radiation pushes through causing her extreme pain. As she is overcome she screams out Scott's name.
This story is continued next issue....
OLD X-MEN Vs. NEW X-MEN *First time the "FASTBALL SPECIAL" maneuver is carried out by Wolverine and Colossus
* Spectacular 100th ISSUE!