Xavier, having received Dr Corbeau’s plea for help, projects his astral form into space to investigate Starcore One. He finds Corbeau and his crew held hostage by an alien race called “the Knights of Hykon”. Xavier’s psyche is discovered and apprehended.
Moira, Lilandra and Cyclops are watching over Xavier as he reaches out to Starcore One with the aid of “Shi’ar Technology”. Unknown to them, Xavier has been held captive by the Hykon. The rest of the X-Men: Wolverine, Banshee, Nightcrawler and Colossus, are waiting restlessly in the kitchen. Suddenly, Wolverine detects the presence of an intruder. One of the Hykon had been sent down to Earth to spy on the X-Men. The X-Men seem ill-matched for the alien, who clearly has the high ground with the ability to fly.
The fliers of the X-Men, Storm and Phoenix, are meanwhile in Manhattan. Storm gets distressed by an atmospheric disruption consuming the entire Earth. The invasion of the Hykon has begun.