When Cyclops flies solo to a tiny, western, desert community to see an old friend, his plane is blasted out of the sky. Injured and unable to use his powers, he struggles into town, only to discover his friend is missing and the town is caught in the grips of a militant, mutant-only, anti-human hate group: the Children of the Shadow. The Children of the Shadow hunt him down. When his powers return, Cyclops gets help from some mutants and defeats them.
Pietro Maximoff AKA Quicksilver of the mutant team X-Factor and his sister, Wanda, The Scarlet Witch of the Avengers, learn from their dying father, that they were adopted. Magneto, who is looking for his estranged wife, may hold a clue to the Maxinoff twins' past.
Omega Red, the destruction machine from the former Soviet Union and a sworn enemy of Wolverine, is thawed and sent two miles beneath the ocean to salvage a disabled, toxic nuclear submarine threatening to break up near Hawaii.