When we returned to New York, I was able to clear Vampirella's name with the police. Picard was also quite relieved to find that the Enterprise had managed to complete a time warp and effectuate a rescue. It was fairly obvious that even though he clearly enjoyed a temporal adventure, he was glad to be going back to his own time.
Now that the other loose ends were tied up, it was time to face the threat behind the recent clone conspiracy. The two Mr. Sinisters had been fleeing in the direction of Asteroid X, the home of the Sentinel/Brood hybrid which Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator and some of the X-Men had raided a few months ago. It was there that I knew we would find all the answers.
I called on Jon's help again. He met us with his Danger Sled and our team departed for the outer reaches of our solar system. I had wanted to bring Vampirella with us but she had returned to her home to take care of some outstanding personal business. Missions are much more fun with her somehow. Especially the victory celebrations.
Our team consisted of Jon and his sidekick, Private Hudson, Wolverine (because he insists on going on each and every mission), Gaia, Mystique, Cyclops, Beast and Cannonball. Hudson and Logan had a tense moment as they took their seats.
"You're that damn punk that shot me during the Amazin' Mutant Race, ain't you?" Wolverine said, popping his claws.
"Hey man, fair is fair. You can't deny that."
"There ain't nothin' fair about shootin' somebody in the back, bub." Wolverine brought his claws up to Hudson's neck.
"Game over, man!" Hudson yelled nervously.
"That's enough, Logan," Gaia interrupted. "This is a little more serious than whatever grudge you think you have. Right?"
Wolverine looked at her for a long moment before nodding. His claws retracted. "We still got some unfinished business, bub," he growled under his breath to Hudson.
As we rushed through space at near light speed, Jon called me over.
"The thing is Professor, I know the Sinisters' rocket was headed on a direct course to Asteroid X, but Cyclops had destroyed it on our last visit. I mean, it was gone. I really don't know what we are going to find."
"What is our estimated time of arrival to the location of the late asteroid?"
"Actually, we should be just coming up to . . holy crap!"
All eyes turned to the front viewport. There ahead of us was a giant alien spaceship, as big as the island of Manhattan. Dozens of smaller attack ships were flying out of it, heading directly for us, there weapons powering up.
"I hope you have shields on this thing," I said.