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 X-Men: The End Book 1: Dreamers and Demons #1 - The Gathering Storm
Importance Rating: 3.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Sean Chen
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: October 2004
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men: The End - Book 1: Dreamers and Demons and X-Men: The End Trilogy
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Aliyah Bishop, daughter of Deathbird and the X-Man Bishop, lives on the Starjammer, alone with her mentor, a non-corporeal Carol Danvers. Accidentally, Aliyah observes a clandestine meeting between Kree rebels and inter-dimensional slavers taking place on a Shi’ar world. She is discovered and a fight breaks out, which becomes even more desperate, as a Skrull spy and Brood warriors join the fray, all of them seemingly after the object the slavers brought for the Kree – a strange cocoon. As Aliyah is about to be killed by the Warskrull, she is saved by a woman, who emerges from the cocoon: a reborn Jean Grey – Phoenix. Before they flee from the Brood, Jean has Aliyah also grab one of the slavers’ Hounds – T.J. Wagner aka Nocturne. To get them all out in time, Aliyah makes a fatal decision by having the ship go to warp speed within the atmosphere. The ensuing destabilization also reaches the star, which goes nova. They are saved by Phoenix, who absorbs the star’s energy and, while she’s all powered up, also teleports Nightcrawler on board, figuring he’s the only one who has a chance of helping Nocturne. Back on Earth, the people to whom Jean was important sense Phoenix’s re-emergence with mixed feelings.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men: The End Book 1: Dreamers and Demons #2 - Omens and Portents
Importance Rating: 5.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Sean Chen
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: October 2004
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men: The End - Book 1: Dreamers and Demons and X-Men: The End Trilogy
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: On Earth, the X-Men, former and present, react to the psychic impression Phoenix left with them. Cyclops and Emma wonder what it means for them, as Scott, with the help of the Stepford Cuckoos, contacts all people whom Jean reached and asks them for help. Jean’s daughter from an alternate future – Rachel – turns him down, apparently angry at him and telling him he can call her and Kitty Pryde when he has some concrete means of reaching Jean and helping her. Scott next contacts Cable, who is busy fighting terrorists in the Hindu Kush with his partner, Irene Merriwether. Cable is reluctant to help at first, but finally decides to return to the States, much to Irene’s secret glee. Next, he contacts Wolverine, who lives with Ororo in Africa. Wolverine doesn’t tell him that Ororo, who is lying in an iron lung, will die soon. He is still holding on to hope, unlike Ororo. Afterwards, Emma and Scott are contacted by Vargas, a member or possibly head of the X.S.E., who informs him that some of his members are on Sinister’s trails. Said members –the now happily married Rogue and Gambit – break into one of Sinister’s labs to find what appears to be a dead Domina and Sinister. Rogue remains suspicious, though – correctly, as Sinister faked his death. Elsewhere, the real Sinister takes cruel revenge on one of the extra-dimensional slaver, who broke their deal with him, as they were supposed to bring Phoenix to him first instead of the Kree. Back in space on the Starjammer, Nightcrawler and Phoenix catch up, before discussing the situation with Aliyah and Carol Danvers. What with the Shi’ar stargate system having collapsed, several races are vying for the slavers’ teleportation portals – including the Brood. The Shi’Ar have to be warned. Back on the Shi’ar homeworld, Lilandra’s chancellor – Khan – informs her of the destruction of the Shi’ar world (where Aliyah found Phoenix) and shows her telemetry, proving the return of the Phoenix. Lilandra orders him to destroy the Phoenix and any standing beside “it.” Khan orders one of his servants to make sure the X-Men are destroyed.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men: The End Book 1: Dreamers and Demons #5 - Triumph
Importance Rating: 2.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Sean Chen
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: January 2005
Variant Covers:
Trade Availability: X-Men: The End - Book 1: Dreamers and Demons and X-Men: The End Trilogy
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Fun Facts: The Gambit that appears in this comic is not real, it is a shapshifter taking on his sppearance to reach the X-Men.
Comic Summary: Still imprisoned in Neverland, Dani is visited by Hela in her dreams, who tells her that her nature as a valkrie might prove her salvation. At Xavier’s, Rahne visits Carter Ghazikanian in his make-belief crystal palace. In the meantime, the mansion is about to be attacked by three foes, who appear to be Madelyne Pryor, Genesis and Stryfe. The XSE try to question Sage in Washington when they are attacked by a Warskrull in the shape of Val Cooper. They are saved by Sage, who tells them to make a global alert call. Simultaneously, Storm and Wolverine are attacked by a Yukio look-alike in Africa. Storm barely avoids being murdered by freezing the pool and the Warskrull, who turns out to be Yukio. In Chicago, Rachel Grey and Kitty Pryde are attacked by Ahab, the mutant hunter. It is only thanks to the intervention of Lockheed that they survive. In the meantime, things in Valle Soleada also take a turn for the worse. Rogue, Emma Frost and Sunspot are attacked by another Warskrull. They dispatch of him, only to find both Rogue’s and Emma’s children gone. They learn from an injured Thais that Gambit betrayed them. Sinister called in a debt and now Gambit is bringing him the children…
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men: The End Book 2: Heroes and Martyrs #1 - Blown Away
Importance Rating: 7.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Sean Chen
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: April 2005
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men: The End - Book 2: Heroes and Martyrs and X-Men: The End Trilogy
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: At the remnants of the Xavier Institute, the survivors are joined by Beast, who brings medical personnel and equipment with him. He comes too late to help Northstar, though, who dies after having valiantly saved Cyclops’ life. The shell-shocked Cyclops has a conversation with the very caring Dust, wondering how to tell all the parents of his students that so many children have died. Nearby, a grieving Karma, Shadowcat and Marvel Girl are joined by Wolverine and Storm. They inform the women and Cyclops that they were attacked by a War-Skrull. They may be at war with the Shi’Ar. In Washington, the National Security Council is informed of the attacks on the X-Men and their allies. Fearing a possible race war, the president orders the Nimrod Sentinels to be placed on alert. In Valle Soleada, Rogue and Emma learn that their children have been abducted by Gambit. Emma fears the worst, but Rogue remains calms and takes Emma with her to find them. The captured children are told by Mr. Sinister that they will thank him soon, as they will survive what is to come, unlike the X-Men. In Afghanistan, Domino, Feral and Rictor are murdered by a War-Skrull. In Genosha, Xavier has a telepathic conversation with Phoenix aboard the Starjammer and they appraise each other of what has happened to each side respectively. The rapport is broken when Domino, actually a War-Skrull, joins Xavier and Callisto. Cal fights him but loses, and Xavier learns that the War-Skrulls are now immune to his telepathy.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men: The End Book 2: Heroes and Martyrs #2 - Code Red
Importance Rating: 1.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Sean Chen
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: May 2005
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men: The End - Book 2: Heroes and Martyrs and X-Men: The End Trilogy
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: With his telepathy not working on the attacking Warskrull, Xavier is almost killed, but is saved at the last moment by Psylocke, who kills the Skrull. They find that Callisto is badly injured and Xavier contacts Cyclops. Emma and Rogue arrive at what’s left of the Xavier Institute, where Cyclops sends a field team consisting of Wolverine, M, X-23, Marvel Girl and Hub after Sinister’s Marauders. Kitty is informed by her campaign manager, Marie D’Ancanto, that unless she returns to Chicago she is bound to lose the election to her enemy, Alice Tremain. A little later, the survivors are attacked by another determined group of Warskrulls. They barely manage to beat them, though they have many injured and possibly one dead – Banshee – as a result. Sage afterwards informs Cyclops of her belief that Sinister is gathering their children because he believes they are doomed. According to Juggernaut’s suitcam, the bomb is of Shi’ar origin. Cyclops suspects the Shi’ar are attacking because Phoenix is back. Kitty joins Scott and he asks her to return to Chicago and win the election.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men: The End Book 2: Heroes and Martyrs #4 - Dance with the Devil
Importance Rating: 5.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Sean Chen
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: August 2005
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men: The End - Book 2: Heroes and Martyrs and X-Men: The End Trilogy
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: The away team led by Wolverine learns how the X-Forcers died. Following Slipstream’s trail, they end up prisoners of Mr. Sinister, and are held in check by the illusions of the two Ladies Mastermind. While the imprisoned LeBeau and Summers children plan, Sinister leads Gambit around his complex and makes heavy-handed hints towards a terrible future. Gambit has to watch his friends be imprisoned and Sinister giving orders to have the troublesome Moonstar put down. Eventually, Sinister shows him his real human form and claims he is Gambit’s father. Back at the remnants of the Xavier Institute, Cyclops is calling parents of dead students and then reminisces how much he wronged his first wife, Madelyne Pryor. The inured Emma Frost asks Rogue to be her champion and allows her to borrow her telepathic powers and knowledge. Led by Emma’s knowledge, Rogue rifles through the offices of European Prime Minister Courtney Ross and makes a startling discovery about Sinister. In Chicago, mayoral candidate Kitty Pryde is injured by a brick hurled at her by a mutant hater, but nevertheless manages to give a rousing speech about integration and the American dream.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men: The End Book 2: Heroes and Martyrs #5 - Secret Origins
Importance Rating: 9.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Sean Chen
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: September 2005
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men: The End - Book 2: Heroes and Martyrs and X-Men: The End Trilogy
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Fun Facts: Gambit finally finds out his origins in this comic. He finds that he is a mix of Sinister and Cyclops. He was created to be Sinister's new body since his current one was aging. Apocalypse, fearing the power that Sinsiter would have in the new body, kidnapped the baby and dropped him in the hands of the Theives Guild. Apocolypse believed Remy would disappear forever instead of joining the X-Men and becoming an enemy of his and Sinister's.
Comic Summary: Gambit learns the secret of his origin from Sinister. To stay immortal, Sinister kept on creating clones of himself and transferred his consciousness into their bodies. To break free of Apocalypse, he eventually created a modified clone, into which he spliced modified DNA of Scott Summers. However, Apocalypse had the infant clone stolen by the New Orleans Guilds and the child was raised as Remy LeBeau, adopted son of the Thieves Guild’s leader. The Summers and LeBeau kids are trying to break free and are helped by Gambit, who finally shows his true colors. While they try to escape, they are separated by a teleportation gate. Gambit and Bekka end up in the Blue Area of the Moon, where the Neverland concentration camp is situated. The other kids end up in a Western ghost town. With Meggan’s telepathy working again, she contacts Rogue, who flies to get them. Wolverine, X-23, Marvel Girl and Monet are all trapped in dreams, courtesy of the Ladies Mastermind, but, with the intervention of Phoenix, Wolverine manages to break free and help the others. They vow to take the fight to Sinister. In Neverland, Danielle Moonstar has been reborn and intends to do the same. In Chicago, Kitty Pryde and Alice Tremaine meet for a live debate that may well decide the election.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men: The End Book 2: Heroes and Martyrs #6 - Godrise
Importance Rating: 8.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Sean Chen
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: October 2005
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men: The End - Book 2: Heroes and Martyrs and X-Men: The End Trilogy
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Rogue is reunited with her son and Scott and Emma’s children in the X-Men’s former Outback HQ. From there, a transmat field leads her to Sinister’s HQ, where Wolverine’s squad is fighting Sinister’s people. Gambit and Bekka face the Neverland director in the moon’s Blue Area and are helped by Dani Moonstar, now transformed into a fully-fledged Valkyrie. They too teleport back to Sinister’s HQ, where Rachel and Cable are busy taking care of the Technarx virus, while Rogue has beaten and killed Shaitan. Sinister, disguised as Gambit, uses her exhaustion to wound her fatally in front of her horrified foster mother, Mystique, who had been disguised as the Dark Beast the whole time. The true Gambit arrives too late to do anything but kiss his wife good-bye, while Mystique takes revenge and kills Sinister. Gambit decides to take Sinister’s place and meet the alien traders, a plan he telepathically shares with Xavier, who now knows that Sinister’s headquarters had been in Genosha all along. Rachel and Cable decide to accompany him and Gambit asks Mystique to take care of his and Rogue’s children, as their grandmother. In the meantime, Kitty Pryde has been in a debate with her rival, Alice Tremaine, in the race for the position of mayor of Chicago and her role as a mutant. Rachel telepathically contacts her to say good-bye – most likely forever – leaving Kitty in tears.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men: The End Book 3: Men and X-Men #1 - The Grand Alliance
Importance Rating: 6.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Sean Chen
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: March 2006
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men: The End - Book 3: Men and X-Men and X-Men: The End Trilogy
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Xavier informs his X-Men that he will travel to Chandilar with Magneto in a last-ditch attempt to solve this mess diplomatically. He especially tells Kitty good-bye, believing she is the one most important to the future. Kitty’s election campaign, in the meantime, is in danger with anti-mutant sentiments growing stronger. The kidnapped Summers and LeBeau children are returned to the X-Men. In the meantime, Gambit, posing with Mr. Sinister, along with Marvel Girl and Cable, has traveled to Chandilar to meet Lilandra’s Lord Chancellor. The Starjammer is also nearing Shi’ar space, the ship’s passengers willing to follow Aliyah Bishop’s plan. None of them are aware that the girl isn’t quite herself anymore. One of the Starjammer’s passengers, Phoenix, has a passionate encounter with the injured Wolverine on the astral plane. They discuss her dual nature as Phoenix, and Jean and he promises to stay alive for her to keep her grounded. At the Xavier Institute, Magneto and Polaris combine their powers to create a wormhole that takes Magneto and Xavier to Chandilar. There, the Lord Chancellor awaits them and orders the Imperial Guard to kill them. Before a battle can begin, though, Lilandra intervenes. (Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men: The End Book 3: Men and X-Men #2 - Closing the Ring
Importance Rating: 8.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Sean Chen
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: May 2005
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men: The End - Book 3: Men and X-Men and X-Men: The End Trilogy
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Lilandra orders that Xavier and Magneto are not to be harmed and then criticizes her Lord Chancellor for his presumptuous behavior. While the man outwardly asks her forgiveness, he actually plots her downfall and Gambit realizes that the chancellor is actually the conqueror, Khan, who several X-Men once fought. Lilandra and Xavier later discuss matters privately, a discussion tinged by bitterness, and Xavier is shocked to learn that Lilandra has a son by him. Suddenly, he finds himself under mental attack by Cassandra Nova. At the same time, the Superguardian Plutonia, also controlled by Cassandra Nova, injures Magneto fatally, causing him to blow up things around him. Plutonia then uses the wormhole to travel to Earth, where she kills Polaris as well. Before she explodes, possibly destroying Earth, Hub sacrifices her life by teleporting herself and Plutonia into space. Magneto keeps himself and Polaris by alive by sheer force of will. Polaris keeps up her part of the wormhole long enough to allow Cyclops to lead one team of X-Men through. After telling Iceman goodbye, she dies in his arms. On Chandilar, the X-Men and Magneto begin the battle against the Imperial Guard. On the border of Shi’ar space, the heroes inside the Starjammer learn that Cassandra Nova has also taken control of Aliyah, as the girl leads them into a Brood trap. In Chicago, it’s election day and mutant haters kill a teenager working for Kitty’s campaign. (Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men: The End Book 3: Men and X-Men #3 - Hinge of Fate
Importance Rating: 7.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Sean Chen
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: May 2005
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: X-Men: The End - Book 3: Men and X-Men and X-Men: The End Trilogy
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Cyclops’ team of X-Men as well as a Magneto now consisting only of energy are joined in a brutal battle with the Shi’ar Superguardians. While they are holding their own, they nevertheless suffer another loss as Archangel is killed, much to Cyclops’ shock. Gambit and Rachel, in the meantime, leave the battle. Gambit follows the Lord Chancellor, who seems to plan to move into power himself and reveals himself as the dimension-conquering warlord Khan. Gambit manages to kill him, but dies in the process as well. In the meantime, Cassandra Nova has trapped Xavier in the mind o the Superguardian Stuff (just as she once was) and is bleeding him of his intellect and memories. Rachel (whom both Xavier and Cassandra mistake for Jean) joins them on the astral plane and is captured by Cassandra as well. Before Xavier’s horrified eyes, Cassandra kills either Rachel or Lilandra. Back on Earth, the Chicago mayoral race is still impossibly tight. Following the murder of one of her campaign workers, Kitty Pryde holds an impassioned speech, telling the people they must be better than that. (Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 X-Men: The End Book 3: Men and X-Men #6 - Come the New Dawn
Importance Rating: 1.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Sean Chen
Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Release Date: August 2006
Variant Covers:
Trade Availability: X-Men: The End - Book 3: Men and X-Men and X-Men: The End Trilogy
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Cassandra Nova has been reborn as Phoenix – and the Superguardians and X-Men’s attempts to fight her are met with slaughter. Eventually, she even causes the Shi’ar sun to go supernova. Finally, only Madelyne Pryor is able to stand. against her. While Psylocke surprisingly attacks Casandra from behind and keeps her busy with her psychic katana, Madelyne admits that she and Jean should always have been one and uses her psychic essence to restore Jean and Scott, before (one assumes) merging with Jean. Also calling in the psychic essences of Kitty and Wolverine, Jean and Scott tell the X-Men that aren’t needed to leave. After managing to get Xavier and Cassandra to admit both their faults together, those left form the Tree of Life. Twenty years later, Kitty Pryde is president of the United States and tells her story to Manoli Wetherell. Her greatest triumph comes when her long-time foe Alice Tremaine (now speaker of the House of Representatives) admits that Kitty has shown her that she was wrong about mutants and asks to be allowed to join the ceremony at the Xavier Institute. Kitty holds a speech in front of the remaining X-Men and their children, explaining that, in order for their society to evolve, it was necessary for the X-Men to end.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Marvel Universe: The End #1 - Predestination
Importance Rating: 2.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Al Milgrom
Writer(s): Jim Starlin
Release Date: May 2003
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: The could-be tale of the final days of the Marvel Universe. The Titan Thanos relates a story to a listener. Thanos discovers the existence of an infinite source of energy, which he calls the Heart of the Universe (also known as the Heart of the Infinite). This cosmic artifact is capable of surpassing other similar artifacts - such as the Infinity Gems and Cosmic Cubes - and the cosmic entities including the Living Tribunal. He discovers that an ancient Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten has the object in his possession, and with it conquers the Earth, slaughtering most of the metahumans in the process. The villain Doctor Doom attempts to kill Akhenaten by traveling back in time and killing him while he was still human, but this is stopped by the all-powerful pharaoh. Akhenaten goes on to kill many of Earth's deities. Thanos gathers the last of the heroes for an assault, during which he is able to absorb and now control the Heart of the Universe. Akhenaten is killed when Thanos prevents him from stopping Doom from killing his past self.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

 Marvel Universe: The End #5 - Omnipotence
Importance Rating: 3.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Al Milgrom
Writer(s): Jim Starlin
Release Date: July 2003
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: None.
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: The could-be tale of the final days of the Marvel Universe. The Titan Thanos relates a story to a listener. Thanos discovers the existence of an infinite source of energy, which he calls the Heart of the Universe (also known as the Heart of the Infinite). This cosmic artifact is capable of surpassing other similar artifacts - such as the Infinity Gems and Cosmic Cubes - and the cosmic entities including the Living Tribunal. He discovers that an ancient Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten has the object in his possession, and with it conquers the Earth, slaughtering most of the metahumans in the process. The villain Doctor Doom attempts to kill Akhenaten by traveling back in time and killing him while he was still human, but this is stopped by the all-powerful pharaoh. Akhenaten goes on to kill many of Earth's deities. Thanos gathers the last of the heroes for an assault, during which he is able to absorb and now control the Heart of the Universe. Akhenaten is killed when Thanos prevents him from stopping Doom from killing his past self.
(Brief description courtesy of uncannyxmen.net)

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