|Plot Synopsis: X-Men: The End #1|
Premiere issue! "The Gathering Storm" is written by Chris Claremont with art by Sean Chen and Sandu Florea. One possible future of Charles Xavier's dream begins in the far-off Shi'ar galaxy where Aliyah Bishop (daughter of Bishop and Deathbird) is the sole crewmember of the Starjammer, spying out on her mother's Imperial forces and trying to stay one step ahead of various interstellar police that would like to see her jailed. Her only companion is the holographic projection of the heroine known as Binary (a.k.a. Warbird, Ms. Marvel). But while staking out a Shi'ar outpost, Aliyah spies a Kree battleship rendezvousing with slavers who use mutants as hunting dogs. The slavers turn over to the Kree a containment pod apparently carrying a weapon of devastating effect. Without a doubt, the Kree intend to use the object against their enemies, the Shi'ar. But before Aliyah can make a move to stop the transaction, she is attacked by a savage teleporting mutant named Nocturne, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Nightcrawler.
All hell breaks loose as Aliyah's position is revealed and among the Kree, a Skrull shapeshifter spy lets loose with his own barrage of high-powered weapons' fire. The pod, now in play, among the Kree, Aliyah, and the Skrulls, opens to reveal its startling contents: Jean Grey, the Phoenix. To add to the confusion, the alien scourge known as the Brood appear and take after the Phoenix. Retreating to the Starjammer, Aliyah, Nocturne and the Phoenix try to make sense of it all and escape with their lives. In their rush, the new crew of the Starjammer accidently cause the systems' sun to go nova, forcing the Phoenix to reveal herself in order to contain the incredible cosmic forces unleashed. Her presence is felt on the psychic plane all the way back to Earth, where the X-Men have been both hoping for and dreading the Phoenix' return.