In Guatemala, Sister Maria de la Joya (the woman who sheltered Joseph for a time in UXM 327) is running from an armoured monster that wants to know where Joseph is. As the creature is about to kill her, it is suddenly attacked by two giant slugs, belonging to the mutant Maggott, who is also looking for Joseph.
Meanwhile, on the Shi’ar homeworld, Lilandra looks out over the ruins of her capital city and thinks about the massacre perpetrated by the Phalanx. Later that night, the Shi’ar stage a celebration for the defeat of the Phalanx by the X-Men (as seen last issue). Joseph wonders how they can celebrate with so many dead, and struggles with his own feelings on the matter and fears to repeat the mistakes he made as Magneto. Rogue promises to tell him all about Magneto when they get back to Earth. Gambit is not participating in the celebrations, instead opting to dig mass graves at the outskirts of the city, atoning for a misdeed of his past. Back at the banquet, Beast suggests to Trish Tilby that they try to deepen their relationship, but she says not to rush things. The next morning the X-Men board a starcruiser back home to earth; Lilandra sends Deathbird along as their escort.
Aboard the starship, Bishop reads up on Deathbird’s history and is fascinated. Deathbird, wearing a revealing dress instaed of her battle suit, catches him and destroys the history datapad, more interested in the present than dwelling on her past. Suddenly, the starship is knocked aside in the wake of a huge ship heading for the stargate to Earth. As they watch, the mammoth ship hits the stargate and seemingly destroys it. The X-Men’s ship is caught in the explosion and sucked into the destabilizing portal.