Wolverine, emerging from the sewers, finds his way into the sub-basement of the Hellfire Club. He makes easy work of of the guards and goes in search of his team mates.
Meanwhile, the captured X-Men, Cyclops, Storm, Colossus and Nightcrawler, are put in restraints. Jean, the new Black Queen of the Hellfire Club, is still under the illusion of a colonial past with Wyngarde. Wyngarde has Jean taunt and insult the X-Men, to the amusement of the Hellfire Club. Cyclops has hope that the psychic rapport that Jean had established with him a week ago still exists and will be the key to releasing them.
On Muir Island, Xavier’s close friend Moira, had been running tests on the data scans of Jean and the Phoenix, with alarming results. To cope with the great power of the Phoenix, Jean had put “psychic circuit breakers” to control the power of the Phoenix, but lately someone had disabled those breakers. Moira fears that unleashing the full power of the Phoenix will cause severe destruction.
Night falls in New Mexico. Xavier confides in Angel that his “resent[ment]” of one day relinquishing his place as leader of the X-Men to his protege Cyclops might have clouded his judgement and caused him to make some mistakes that might have landed the X-Men in the trouble they are now in.
Back at the Hellfire Club, Wolverine makes his way into the main halls of the Hellfire Club using a dumbwaiter. He meets and deals with yet more guards.
Cyclops is suddenly whisked away into Jean’s illusion of a colonial past as a revolutionary. He duels with Wyngarde in an attempt to set Jean free from his hold. Wyngarde, having learnt of Cyclops’ psychic rapport with Jean, sees it as a treat and seizes this opportunity to get rid of Cyclops. By wounding his psyche, Wyngarde hopes to destroy Cyclops for good.
(Classic X-Men #39 is a reprint of Uncanny X-Men (Vol 1) #133.)