"Apokolips...Now.": The image of their late teammate, Phoenix, appears in dreams to the X-Men, and to Raven of the New Teen Titans, seeming to warn of a coming catastrophe. At the same time, Robin encounters the Terminator working in partnership with one of Darkseid's Para-Demons. When Starfire
Appearing in "Apokolips...Now."
- Professor X
- Sprite (Kitty Pryde)
- Dark Phoenix
Synopsis for "Apokolips...Now."
The image of their late teammate, Phoenix, appears in dreams to the X-Men, and to Raven of the New Teen Titans, seeming to warn of a coming catastrophe. At the same time, Robin encounters the Terminator working in partnership with one of Darkseid's Para-Demons. When Starfire reveals the history of the Dark Phoenix to her comrades, the Titans investigate the connection between Phoenix and the X-Men. They are mistaken for the mutant heroes by attacking Para-Demons and captured, along with Professor X, by Darkseid, the demonic lord of Apokolips. Meanwhile, the Terminator, sent by Darkseid to gather Phoenix's residual energies from locales where she had expended a great deal of power, is able to defeat and capture the real X-Men. Drawing on their memories of their deceased partner-in-peril, Darkseid is able to use the gathered energies to bring Dark Phoenix back to life, after which he intends to use her power to transform Earth into a second Apokolips. Freed of their bonds with the evil god's departure, the Teen Titans and the X-Men meet for the first time, and discover the abandoned Mobius Chair of Metron of the New Gods, which they use to travel back to New York to fight a return match against the Terminator. They are then attacked in turn by Darkseid and Dark Phoenix, and in the ensuing battle, Raven and Professor X psychically weaken the Phoenix-entity so that she it is forced to possess the body of Cyclops to survive. Reunion with her former lover returns Phoenix's memory of her life as Jean Grey, and she turns on Darkseid in revenge for his having reawakened her from death. In a mammoth explosion, both Darkseid and Dark Phoenix vanish, and Metron regains the Mobius Chair.
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