Tragedy rains down on the X-Men in this week's Uncanny X-Men #3, which finally introduces the Horsemen of Salvation.
But the kind of salvation they offer is less than palatable for the X-Men - who suffer a devastating loss as a result. Read on to find out what went down in this week's chapter of "X-Men: Disassembled."
Spoilers ahead for Uncanny X-Men #3.
As the X-Men race around the globe to fight the temporal anomolies that have been springing up and to corral the hundreds of Madrox duplicates wreaking havoc, Legion arrives at the X-Mansion, seemingly in control of his powers and psyche. While the young X-Men try to ascertain what he wants, elsewhere Jean Grey and Psylocke team up to psychically purge whatever force is controlling the army of Madroxes.
Finding the prime Madrox imprisoned below the area where the army of duplicates are congregating, he explains that Legion imprisoned him and implanted his numerous personalities and powers across the hundreds of duplicates. However, with his control broken, Legion goes berserk in the mansion, attacking the young X-Men and ranting about a vision of the future.
The rest of the X-Men arrive to help, Legion takes on the whole team singlehandedly. As he and Jean Grey go head-to-head, Legion explains that he's trying to prevent a vision of the future - the arrival of the Horsemen of Salvation. But it's too late. Just as Legion mentions them, the Horsemen arrive.
Magneto - identifying himself as the Horseman of Peace (along with Life, Wellness, and Bounty/Angel, Omega Red, and Blob, though it's not specified which is which) - arrives to quell the fight between Legion and the X-Men, saying "As the Horseman of Peace, I must put an end to those who create war."
"I must end the X-Men."
And with that, a huge blast rains from the sky, decimating the Xavier Institute.
The destruction of the Institute isn't entirely unforeseen - a cover for Uncanny X-Men #11 shows an apparently resurrected adult Cyclops sitting in what appears to be the rubble of the mansion.
This isn't the first time the mansion has been destroyed either. 2008's "Messiah Complex" ended with the mansion being destroyed by Sentinels. This current mansion was built with 2011's Wolverine & the X-Men.
The story continues December 5 in Uncanny X-Men #4.