Classification: Energy item, reality nexus
User/Possessors: Formerly D'ken
Location: The World, which is so distant from
everything that the lights glowing in its sky are not individual stars but whole
galaxies; the M'kraan Crystal is a nexus of realities and thus exists
simultaneously in virtually all realities (or at least all Earth dimensions
within the mainstream multiverse);
a smaller portion of the M'kraan Crystal exists within U.S. Air Force base Bravo-Echo in New Mexico on Earth-295 (the "Age of Apocalypse" reality)
Aliases: The End of All That Is, the Nexus of All Reality, Crystal Heart of Reality
First Appearance: X-Men I#107 (October, 1977)
The M'kraan Crystal (or more specifically, the sun within the neutron galaxy
within the Crystal) is the nexus of all that is, all that ever was. It a nexus
point between all matter and all anti-matter. As such, the M'kraan Crystal
functions as a doorway which must be kept closed in all realities, because if it
were left open in one reality the draft would eventually reach other realities
and worlds, affecting them as well; it could potentially wipe out all realities
in the mainstream multiverse or beyond. The M'kraan Crystal can be used as a
portal to other realities, sometimes merely be teleporting into its center.
In the sky above the World on which the M'kraan Crystals are nine Death-Stars (which are actually entire galaxies). Once every million years these Death-Stars enter a certain alignment which makes the Crystal permeable to those who contact it.
The M'kraan Crystal has its own will and
its own way; it is sentient on some level. It is guarded by the Class 100
strength but diminutive Jahf; if Jahf is defeated, the immense
1000x more powerful than Jahf--appears to stop any intruder; if Modt is
defeated, an as-yet unidentified being, allegedly 1000x more powerful that Modt,
would appear to stop any intruder; this succession would reportedly continue
until any potential invader is defeated. The Crystal has allegedly granted Jahf
and Modt leave to act on its behalf. The guardians are allegedly only needed
every million years when the Death-Stars achieve alignment, but they have been
seen to act to protect the Crystal on multiple occasions, despite the
Death-Stars not be in alignment in most of these occasions.
Those who get past the guardians and enter the Crystal are usually struck by a nightmare effect that causes them to live out their greatest nightmares. Certain beings, such as those without fear or those protected by psychic powers, may be immune to this effect.
According to one account, Modt and Jahf are living facets of the crystal itself, empowered by the entire neutron galaxy at its heart
Within the M'kraan Crystal is an immense city, which seems to go on forever, beyond the limits of the space that contained it. The interior of the M'kraan Crystal is not limited by time or space.
The legendary power that resides within the
M'kraan Crystal is contained within the M'kraan Sphere in its interior. The
Sphere contains a neutron galaxy (see comments) bound within a geodesic
latticework of anti-energy, a network of interlocking stasis fields
neutralizing the power of the neutron galaxy. If the neutron galaxy were freed,
its infinite mass would reach out across the universe, pulling planets, stars,
solar systems, clusters, galaxies, etc. from their orbits with monstrous ease.
They would all be pulled into the neutron galaxy's insatiable gravity well,
their mass adding to its gravity, which would attract more mass, until reality
began to tear itself apart. Eventually the neutron galaxy would explode,
scattering stellar mass out across a new, virgin universe.
In some cases disruption of the M'kraan Crystal has caused it to unleash waves of crystallization which erase from existence anything they pass over.
The power of the M'kraan rests as much in a sliver of the crystal as it does its entirety, and a shard removed from the whole may generate a larger crystal
The M'kraan Crystal has unspecified ties to the Phoenix Force.
The M'kraan Crystal is susceptible to damage from magical forces, such as demons, and it can be disrupted by travel between dimensions in some circumstances.
History: The origins of the M'kraan Crystal are unknown.
(Adventures of the X-Men#12 (fb) - BTS) - In the reality existing prior to the current Earth-616 reality, the X-Men and Imperial Guard worked together to stop the M'kraan Crystal from threatening all existence. This threat involved D'Ken, who perished in the struggle.
(Adventures of the X-Men#12) - In the previous reality, the Dweller-in-Darkness tampered with the M'kraan Crystal to destabilize the nexus point. He ultimately wished to shatter the Crystal and destroy the universe. He placed a cairn containing a portal to the realm of the N'Garai within the Crystal.
(Adventures of the X-Men#11) - In the previous reality, Lilandra discussed with Cyclops and Professor X that there had been a disturbance in the M'kraan Crystal. While it had abated momentarily, it had begun to enlarge again, continuing to pose a threat to all existence. She noted that reality was at its thinnest at a nexus point, and that whoever had tampered with the nexus had set in motion forces that could not be stopped. However, the greatest scientists of the Shi'ar remained unable to determine the source of the disturbance.
(Adventures of the X-Men#12) - In the previous reality,
Lilandra spoke to the X-Men, stating that only the Phoenix--guardian of the
Crystal--could halt the M'kraan's destruction, but the Phoenix had not appeared.
Lilandra transported the X-Men to her ship, where Jean Grey called upon the
Phoenix Force to protect the Crystal. After the Phoenix Force merged with Jean,
they traveled to the World, home to the Crystal, and Phoenix transported them
within the Crystal. There they were confronted by demons of the N'Garai, exiting
from the cairn, as well as the reanimated corpse of D'Ken. Gladiator and the
X-Men fought to keep D'Ken and the N'Garai from disturbing Phoenix as she
attempted to repair the Crystal. D'Ken and the N'Garai were defeated and the
Cairn destroyed, but a black stain of impurity nonetheless continued to spread
across the surface of the Crystal. Professor X, the X-Men, and Gladiator joined
their essences to Jean/Phoenix to give her the power to repair the Crystal.
Jean, however, recalled a thought she had gained from the empathic Man-Thing, and she resolved to gain the ultimate victory over Dweller-in-Darkness: She sent forth waves of all-encompassing, life-affirming telepathic energy, filling every being in the universe and beyond with hope. For the barest instant, the Phoenix seemed to have restored the M'kraan Crystal, but it then suddenly shattered, its fragments permeating every corner of the cosmos, crystallizing then extinguishing all life. Each being died fearlessly and at peace, foiling the Dweller's plot. Despairing, the Dweller fell victim to D'Spayre.
(Adventures of the X-Men#12/Super-Villain Classics#1/Thor I#162, 168, 169/Thanos#3 (fb)/Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe) - In the previous reality, when the Phoenix Force saved all existence from eternal damnation, she enabled Eternity, the sentience of that universe, to preserve the humanoid Galan, ensuring his re-creation as Galactus.
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Fantastic Four 2005: Galactus - BTS) - As a major nexus of realities, the destruction of the M'kraan Crystal destroyed the multiverse, effectively ending all realities and starting a new multiverse. The activities that occur in that issue are the very last in any reality. The M'kraan Crystal's destruction of the universe manifested itself as a retroactive radiation plague that moved from the Milky Way and/or Shi'ar Galaxy outward, closing in on Taa last.
(X-Man Annual 1997 (fb) - BTS) - Shi'ar legend states that the M'kraan Crystal was a gift presented to K'ythri upon his wedding to Sharra, as a symbol of their union. As Sharra and K'ythri were worshipped as gods by the Shi'ar the M'kraan Crystal became sacred for what it represented.
(X-Men I#108 (fb) - BTS / Uncanny X-Men#203 (fb) - BTS) - The
M'kraan Crystal was established on an ancient planet, allegedly the first to
form and bring forth life in the universe. The race that lived there built great
cities. The M'kraan Crystal was established to contain the power of a neutron
galaxy, and its creators named the Crystal "The End of All That Is."
The race that lived there has long been forgotten and its cities have been silent and deserted since before Earth was born. Only one structure withstood the ravages of time: The M'kraan Crystal. Having no inhabitants for uncounted eons, it became known simply as "The World."
(X-Men: Emperor Vulcan#2 (fb) - BTS) - Shi'ar legend states
"The Gods in marriage expelled their children from the Aerie, and hid it."
The Shi'ar believed the World to be their planet of origin and their birthright.
(X-Men: Emperor Vulcan#5 (fb) - BTS) - A race known as the
M'kraan had similar prophecies, "The God in Crystal will cast us out, the hide
the brothers' home."
It is unrevealed whether the race took their name from the Crystal, or the Crystal was named for the race that lived there for 12,000 years.
(X-Men: Emperor Vulcan#5 (fb) - BTS) <13,000 years ago> - The M'kraan race discovered the World, seeing it as the fulfillment of their prophecies. Detecting lifesigns around the World on artificial satellites, the M'kraan Eldest declared the World as their Holy land, and that the other life forms would leave, or they would die.
(X-Men: Emperor Vulcan#5 (fb) - BTS) <13,000 years ago> - The M'kraan race drove the inhabitants of the satellites around the World off and claimed those satellites are their own.
(X-Men: Emperor Vulcan#2 (fb) - BTS) <1,000 years ago) - The Shi'ar located the World, seeing it as the fulfillment of their prophecies. Detecting lifesigns around the World on artificial satellites, the leader of the Shi'ar fleet declared the World as their Holy land, and that the other life forms would leave, or they would die.
(X-Men: Emperor Vulcan#3 (fb) - BTS) <1,000 years ago) - The Shi'ar drove off the M'kraan race, who vowed vengeance, renaming themselves the Scy'ar Tal, "Death to the Shi'ar."
(X-Men I#107 (fb)) - The Shi'ar emperor D'ken plotted to access the M'kraan to gain the vast power it contained. Lilandra tried to stop him and was branded a traitor. She fled to the X-Men for assistance. D'Ken sent his agent Davan Shakari, as Eric the Red, to kidnap Lilandra and bring her to him.
(X-Men I#107 (fb) - BTS) - D'ken and the Shi'ar Imperial Guard arrived on the World and located the M'kraan Crystal.
I#107) - Phoenix transported the X-Men after Eric the Red to the World, where
D'Ken stood at the base of the M'kraan Crystal. Around the Crystal stood the
Imperial Guard, who served D'Ken, and they battled the X-Men in an effort to
drive them off. The Starjammers (Ch'od, Corsair, Hepzibah, Raza) arrived to
assist the X-Men in stopping D'Ken.
However, as the nine Death-Stars entered into alignment, they shot a blinding blue-white light that poured into the M'kraan Crystal, causing it to pulse as its power began to build geometrically and it began to glow like a star. Its energies erupted outward, causing all of reality to briefly blink from existence.
(X-Men I#108) - Jahf--the first guardian of
the M'kraan Crystal--was dispatched to prevent any from approaching the Crystal.
With supreme effort the X-Men neutralized Jahf, only to be confronted by Modt,
the second guardian, while reality blinked out a second time. Raza attempted to
stop D'Ken by hurling him against the Crystal, but his body passed through it,
and D'Ken, the X-Men, and the Starjammers were all transported within the
Crystal. Phoenix sensed a glowing Sphere which was the heart of the Crystal,
containing life, pain, and beauty. As she touched the Sphere her hand began to
fade from existence and the Sphere lashed out, blasting everyone present and
causing them to live out their greatest nightmares. Phoenix proved immune to
these nightmares, but the mortified Cyclops lashed out with his optic blasts,
one of which struck the Sphere, causing it to begin to crack apart.
Phoenix sent her energy form into the Sphere, canceling the nightmare effect, and she sensed the threat of the neutron galaxy it contained. Phoenix used her power to heal the lattice containing the neutron galaxy, to knit it back together, but she lacked the power. In addition, the neutron galaxy threatened to absorb her energy form as it had pulled her so far from the human plane of reality that she no longer existed within it. Drawing further energy--and anchoring herself to humanity and reality--via the life-forces of Storm and Corsair, Phoenix re-entered the sphere, merging with and restoring the lattice with additional aid as the rest of the X-Men gave her their life-energy as well.
D'Ken was driven incurably insane by his experiences within the M'kraan Crystal.
(What If II#23) - In the alternate reality of Earth-913, where the original
X-Men defeated Krakoa and thus the second generation of X-Men was never formed,
events mirrored those of Earth-616. Following the battle with Steven Lang's
Sentinels Polaris brought the X-Men safely back to Earth, and so Jean Grey was
never transformed into/replaced by Phoenix.
D'Ken sought the power of the M'kraan Crystal, and Lilandra led the X-Men through a stargate to the M'kraan Crystal to stop him. Modt was seen opposing the Imperial Guard, and the Beast knocked one of D'Ken's agents into the Crystal, pulling the X-Men and Starjammers in as well. Cyclops touched the Sphere, which unleashed the nightmare effect against the invaders, and the maddened Impulse's energy blast damaged the sphere. Protected by their telepathic linkage, the X-Men used the same psychic circuit they had used against the Z'Nox to combine their powers and restore the M'kraan Sphere.
(Uncanny X-Men#203) - Phoenix (Rachel Summers) sought to destroy the Beyonder, and so she transported herself and the spirits of the X-Men into the M'kraan Crystal, intending to unleash the neutron galaxy. She was willing to destroy the entire universe to stop the Beyonder. However, upon spreading her power across the universe and sensing the vastness and diversity of life present, she decided that she could not wipe it all out, so she returned herself and the X-Men to Earth.
(Uncanny X-Men#320 - BTS) - Following Legion's journey into the
past in an effort to kill Magneto, Jahf appeared before Lilandra, telling her
that the End of All That Is was approaching and that he may soon no longer guard
the M'kraan Crystal.
Bishop, Iceman, Psylocke, and Storm managed to latch onto Legion's energies and follow him into the past.
(X-Men II#40 (fb) - BTS) - The M'kraan Crystal began to glow angrily, disrupting communications between worlds.
(X-Men II#40 - BTS) - Via massive energy input, Lilandra contacted the X-Men telling them of the threat Legion's actions posed to the M'kraan Crystal and thus all reality.
(Uncanny X-Men#321 - BTS) - The X-Men prepared to sent Cable into the past to instruct the X-Men there that they must stop Legion immediately
(X-Men II#41 - BTS) - Affected by the events of the past, the M'kraan Crystal caused an immense wave of crystallization to devour entire star systems, causing them to cease to exist.
(X-Men II#41 - BTS) - In trying to kill Magneto, Legion
accidentally killed Xavier. This created a new reality, Earth-295, the Age of
Apocalypse, in which Apocalypse gained ascendance without Xavier or his
followers to slow his path.
The Earth-616 reality was washed over completely by the crystallization wave.
(Gambit and the X-Ternals#2 (fb) - BTS) - In the Earth-295
reality, D'Ken discovered the M'kraan Crystal and used its power to wrest the
throne from his older sister Deathbird, after which he slew Lilandra and seized
control of her fleet and the Imperial Guard. However, D'Ken soon found that one
could not hold the power of infinity in one's hands as if it were a mere
scepter. After the fabled nine stars aligned in the cosmos the M'kraan's
Crystals energies began radiating out into the universe in ever-increasing
As in this reality Jean Grey had never transformed into/been replaced by Phoenix and-the M'kraan Crystal had never been healed from D'Ken's influence
(Gambit and the X-Ternals#3 (fb) - BTS) - In the Earth-295 reality, D'Ken had a massive fusion-energy absorption system built around the World in hopes of containing the M'kraan Crystal's energies.
(X-Men: Alpha (fb) - BTS) - In the Earth-295 reality, throughout the Shi'ar Galaxy the M'kraan Crystal had been flaring with power and terminating planets and stars, transforming them into crystal and erasing them from existence.
(X-Men: Alpha) - Several years later on Earth-295 (20 years after Xavier's death), Bishop--the only one retaining memories of Earth-616--met with Magneto, and when Rogue touched him to absorb his memories, a backlash caused Magneto to see them as well. Magneto sent for Gambit to obtain a portion of the M'kraan Crystal to restore the Earth-616 reality. At the same time, he sent others out to recover Illyana Rasputin and Destiny.
(Gambit and the X-Ternals#1 - BTS) - On Earth-295, Magneto and Gambit met with the other X-Ternals--Lila Cheney, Guido Carosella, Jubilee, and Sunspot--telling them of their mission to steal a portion of the M'kraan Crystal. Via knowledge from Peter Corbeau and unlocking her own dormant mutant powers, Lila Cheney transported Gambit and the other X-Ternals to the Shi'ar galaxy, though they were followed by Apocalypse's agent Rictor.
(Gambit and the X-Ternals#2 - BTS) - In the Earth-295 reality, the X-Ternals arrived on the planet Ch'reesharaa and fought their way past the Shi'ar Imperial Guard but were captured by the Jath'che. The M'kraan Crystal briefly caused Ch'reeshara to blink out of existence as it was fated to be next to suffer from the nexus expansion. Rictor led the Imperial Guard to the X-Ternals via a tracer and they fought, during which time the energies of the Crystal began to take affect, transforming the various warriors into crystal. Before the X-Ternals could be affected they were teleported away by the Starjammers, led by Deathbird. They escaped as the whole planet turned to crystal.
(Gambit and the X-Ternals#3) - In the Earth-295 reality, the
Starjammers and X-Ternals arrived at D'Ken's newly completed fusion-energy
absorption system, and the Starjammers occupied the Imperium's fleet while
Deathbird accompanied the X-Ternals planetside. Deathbird, Lila Cheney, and
Gambit entered the Crystal, where they encountered Jahf who led them to the
Sphere. Both Lila and D'Ken were held transfixed by red light emitted by the
Sphere, and as Deathbird attempted to kill D'Ken, she was transfixed as well.
Jahf told Gambit how the damage to the Earth-616 reality would soon cause
realities around it to collapse, one after the other: The End of All There Is.
Jahf told him that by taking a shard of the Crystal and using it to send Bishop
back in time to stop Legion from killing Xavier, he could save reality. Jahf
further told him that in order to take a part of the Crystal, Gambit would have
to leave a part of himself.
As the World was awash with crystallization waves, the other X-Ternals entered the Crystal as well to escape its effects, and Gambit offered his love of Rogue to the Crystal. He struck the Sphere, which granted him a shard of the Crystal while at the same time elatedly singing a song of freedom as it liberated itself from D'Ken's fusion-energy absorption system.
As the X-Ternals headed home, Gambit told them that until they sent Bishop back in time reality could still shatter at any moment.
(Gambit and the X-Ternals#4) - Back on Earth-295, Gambit gave the M'kraan shard to Jubilee and sent her to go with Guido to get the shard to Magneto, knowing that Rictor would be coming after him (Gambit). Jubilee rescued Charles Lehnsherr (Magneto and Rogue's son) and rushed back to Magneto's base, but Guido then revealed that he had agreed to betray Gambit in order save his own life and to gain Lila Cheney for himself. Guido took both Charles and the M'kraan shard, taking both to Apocalypse.
(X-Men: Omega) - On Earth-295, the M'kraan Crystal shard began to generate a much larger crystal in Apocalypse's base. Learning of the Earth-616 reality and Magneto's plot, Apocalypse decided to use the Crystal to conquer other realities as well.
(X-Men: Omega) - On Earth-295, as Magneto battled Apocalypse in his fortress,
Nate Grey and then the X-Men agreed to assist Magneto. At their approach the
Crystal glowed brighter, while Destiny looked into it, glimpsing the past of
Earth-616. Since they no longer had counterparts in Earth-616, Destiny sent only
herself, Illyana Rasputin, and Bishop into the Crystal. Destiny located
Earth-616, Illyana opened a portal into it, and Bishop stopped Legion from
killing Xavier, reversing the damage done to Earth-616 and ending the threat
from the M'kraan Crystal.
Back on Earth-295, the Sugar Man followed the trio into the M'kraan Crystal, and the Dark Beast teleported into the M'kraan Crystal as well. Both were sent twenty years into the past on Earth-616. Apocalypse grabbed the original M'kraan shard Gambit had brought to escape his own seemingly doomed reality, but Nate Grey stole the Shard and used it to stab the powerful Holocaust, unwittingly transporting both Grey and Holocaust to Earth-616 as well, though they arrived in the modern era.
(Gambit III#24 (fb)) - The New Son/New Sun of Earth-9921 arrived in Earth-295, observing its seeming death throes as explosive energies were released from the M'kraan Crystal, the waves of which caused shudders throughout the omniverse.
(X-Man Annual 1997 - BTS) - Jahf detected some of the M'kraan Crystal's power being siphoned to Earth (by the Earth-295 natives present on Earth-616).
(X-Man Annual 1997) - Jahf alerted Lilandra that some of the
M'kraan Crystal's power was being siphoned to Earth. Though this would not harm
the crystal, it did prove blasphemous, as the Crystal was to the Shi'ar a symbol
of their faith, the union between Sharra and K'ythri. Lilandra sent Commander
Kai'tra and High Priest Dar'bikk to gather a force to investigate this
Kai'tra formed an alliance with the Sugar Man, who gave them the location of the laboratory of the Dark Beast, where Holocaust was also based. Kai'tra's forces captured the two of them. The conflict drew the attention of Nate Grey, whom they also captured. The Dark Beast, Holocaust, and Nate Grey were taken aboard the Shi'ar ship where Dar'bikk planned to remove the M'kraan shard from Holocaust and then siphon the M'kraan energies from all four Earth-295 natives. However, they tricked the Sugar Man into believing that they wished to form an alliance to conquer Earth-616, and so he freed them, and all four fought their way past the Shi'ar. As they approached an escape portal, Nate Grey telekinetically removed the M'kraan shard from Holocaust, after which he shattered it. The energies released them formed a whirlwind which leeched the remaining M'kraan energies from the Dark Beast, Holocaust, and Nate Grey, after which they all returned to Earth-616.
(X-Man#53-54 - BTS) - Modt and Jahf sensed unsettling vibrations in the M'kraan Crystal caused by a portal that opened to Earth-295, through which some Infinites had passed. Nate Grey, with the help of Cyclops and Phoenix (Jean Grey) closed the portal.
(X-Man#54 - BTS) - Modt and Jahf--with the Crystal's leave--traveled to Earth-616 to investigate the sole remaining trace of Earth-295 energy: Nate Grey To test his abilities they disguised themselves as a father and son injured by a falling tree, and the father (Modt) tried to convince Nate to use his powers to heal "Jeff" (Jahf). Nate refused to tamper with reality, but when he was able to see through their illusions, Jahf decided that he was too dangerous to live. Cyclops, Phoenix, and Nate battled the powerful M'kraan guardians, but ultimately Modt agreed that while Nate's power was a danger, he had demonstrated good judgment and self-control, and that he did not have to be destroyed. Modt forcibly restrained Jahf and took him back to the M'kraan Crystal.
(New X-Men #154) - Phoenix severed the alternate future of Earth-15104 from the rest of the multiverse and nudged Cyclops of Earth-616 to re-open the Xavier Institute to prevent this future from coming about. She then traveled to the "White Hot Room," the home of Phoenix Corps, within the city in the M'kraan Crystal.
(Exiles#60 (fb) - BTS) - The M'kraan Crystal was transported from Apocalypse's base and taken to U.S. Air Force base Bravo-Echo. Those studying realized that it contained vast power and must be shielded from others, though they had no idea what it actually was or how it functioned.
(Exiles#60) - Hyperion of "Earth-4023"--secretly controlling the Timebroker and directing the Timebroker--transported the Exiles to Earth-295 and summoned Holocaust as their next member. After a short battle with other Exiles, Holocaust sensed the power of the M'kraan Crystal and traveled to U.S. Air Force base Bravo-Echo. Holocaust planned to continue his father's plot to use the Crystal to take over other realities, but one of the base's scientists then told him of a second resonance frequency much like the M'kraan's. He recognized this to be the Talus, the device through which the Time-Breakers controlled and communicated with the Exiles. Holocaust returned to the Exiles, telling them that they could use it to take back their lives and destinies.
(Exiles#61) - Obtaining the necessary equipment from the Yucatan base formerly used by the Dark Beast, the Exiles forced the U.S. Air Force base Bravo-Echo technician to calibrate the M'kraan Crystal to the Timebroker's chronal frequency. Blink then teleported the Exiles into the M'kraan Crystal, and they were transported to the Panoptichron, where they would soon confront Hyperion.
(Uncanny X-Men#485 (fb) - BTS) - Gladiator met with Jahf, convinces him to allow them to the hold the wedding of Deathbird & Vulcan under the M'kraan Crystal under the assurance that none would touch it.
(Uncanny X-Men#485) - D'ken and Araki planned the royal
wedding of Deathbird & Vulcan, intending to cast Xavier into the Crystal during
As D'ken completed the ceremony, the Starjammers, X-Men, and Shi'ar rebel forces arrived. During the ensuing battle Vulcan cast Xavier into the M'kraan Crystal, and Darwin followed, hoping to save Xavier
(Uncanny X-Men#486) - Darwin found Xavier within the Crystal and escaped with him. The exposure to the M'kraan Crystal restored Xavier's mutant powers, perhaps stronger than ever before.
(X-Men: Emperor Vulcan#1-4 - BTS) - Intending to exterminate the Shi'ar and reclaim the World as their home, the Scy'ar Tal unleashed the Finality, destroying the Shi'ar world Feather's Edge. They returned to the World, but Vulcan, the Shi'ar Imperial Guard, and the Starjammers severed the Scy'ar Tal's connection to their Elder and to themselves, ending their communicated attacks and eliminating their threat. Vulcan took control of the Finality.
(X-Men: Emperor Vulcan#5) - Vulcan used the Finality to transport a sun near the World, destroying the Scy'ar Tal fleet. The World and the Crystal were apparently unharmed by the energies unleashed.
Comments: Created by Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum, and Dan Green.
As the M'kraan Crystal is the Nexus of all realities, I'm including alternate reality appearances, as it should be a manifestation of the same item.
Lilandra's discussion in Adventures of the
X-Men#11 seems as if it is a continuance of a previous conversation. I don't
have the Adventures of the X-Men indexed, and I didn't see anything relating to
the Shi'ar on the M'kraan Crystal in Adventures of the X-Men#8-10, or on the
covers of #1-7. If it appears or is discussed elsewhere in the series, please
let me know, and I'll add that info. It may refer to the cartoon series, which I
Further, one would presume the events referenced in Adventures of the X-Men#12 were similar to those occurring in X-Men I#107-108, but the events are specifically detailed in Season Three, episodes#31-33. If someone can accurately summarize those events, I'll add it here.
To clarify further the events at the end of Adventures of X-Men#12:
Nothing is said about whether the Phoenix force petitioned the sentience of the universe or not. One might infer that, if one chose to.
1) The universe was being destroyed, and all existence was falling into the hands of demonic forces.
2) The Phoenix Force harnessed the positive emotions to save all existence from this fate
3) The next thing shown is Galan plunging into the the fiery cauldron of the cosmos, and the sentience of the universe spoke to him.
The implications/significance are (at least) twofold:
1) The Phoenix Force existed in a previous incarnation in the reality before the current one.
2) Galan would likely have fallen into the hands of the dark forces and never had the chance to become Galactus if not for the Phoenix Force.
Adventures of the X-Men#12 was written by Ralph Macchio, with the assistance of
Mike Carlin, indicating that both Marvel and DC were involved in the events
discussed therein, specifically detailing the relationship of the Brothers to
the Living Tribunal, etc.
I've included the information as behind the scenes for the OHotMU Galactus entry, as this was the information discussed considered in evaluating the events and how they fit with previous stories. Between the involvement of the Living Tribunal, the release of the Brothers, and the destruction of the M'kraan Crystal, I feel that the entire Multiverse (if not the entire Omniverse) was destroyed and then reborn.
Many appearances of D'Ken revolved around his plot to affect the M'kraan Crystal, but I'm only including those in which the Crystal was seen or mentioned. I intend to do a profile on D'Ken in the next month or so, in which I may add supplemental information.
Jahf & Modt are names based on Mutt and Jeff: http://www.toonopedia.com/muttjeff.htm
I'm told there is new information on the M'kraan Crystal in Classic X-Men#14 +/- #15, but in reviewing those stories, I don't see anything new directly relating to the M'kraan Crystal.
I can't find any definition of a neutron galaxy, which I believe is a Sci-Fi term. I THINK a neutron galaxy is an entire galaxy which has collapsed down to tiny size, much like a black hole is a collapsed star. A neutron galaxy would be infinitely more powerful and destructive than a black hole. Please let me know if I'm mistaken.
Thanks to Steven Starr, who pointed out the appearance of the M'kraan in New X-Men #154.
The M'kraan Crystal has a profile in the All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update#1.
Profile by Snood.
X-Men I#107, p2-3 (M'kraan Crystal)
p12, panel 3 (Death-Stars)
#108, p1 (M'kraan Crystal activated)
p9, panel 1 (city within the Crystal)
p12, panel 4 (lattice)
Exiles#60, p15, panel 2 (Earth-295 Crystal on Earth)
X-Men I#107 (October, 1977) - by Chris Claremont (writer), Dave Cockrum
(pencils), Dan Green (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
X-Men I#108 (December, 1977) - by Chris Claremont (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Terry Austin (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#203 (March, 1984) - by Chris Claremont (writer), John Romita, Jr. (pencils), Al Williamson (inks), Ann Nocenti (editor)
Classic X-Men#14 (October, 1987) - additional material by Chris Claremont (writer), Chuck Patton& John Bolton (pencils), Dan Green & John Bolton (inks), Ann Nocenti (editor)
What If II#23 (March, 1991) - by Kurt Busiek (writer), Rodney Ramos (pencils), Doug Hazlewood (inks), Craig Anderson (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#320 (January, 1995) - by Scott Lobdell (plot), Mark Waid (dialogue), Roger Cruz (pencils), Tim Townsend (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Men II#40 (January, 1995) - by Fabian Nicieza (writer), Andy Kubert (pencils), Matt Ryan (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#321 (February, 1995) - by Scott Lobdell (plot), Mark Waid (dialogue), Ron Garney (pencils), Townsend, Green, & Rubinstein (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Men II#41 (February, 1995) - by Fabian Nicieza (writer), Andy Kubert & Ron Garney (pencils), Matt Ryan (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Men: Alpha (February, 1995) - by Scott Lobdell (story), Mark Waid (dialogue), Roger Cruz w/ Steve Epting (pencils), Tim Townsend (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Gambit and the X-Ternals#1 (March, 1995) - by Fabian Nicieza (writer), Tony Daniel (penciler), Kevin Conrad (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Gambit and the X-Ternals#2 (April, 1995) - by Fabian Nicieza (writer), Tony Daniel (penciler), Kevin Conrad, Al Milgrom, Christian (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Gambit and the X-Ternals#3 (May, 1995) - by Fabian Nicieza (writer), Salvador Larroca (penciler), Al Milgrom (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Gambit and the X-Ternals#4 (June, 1995) - by Fabian Nicieza (writer), Salvador Larroca (penciler), Al Milgrom (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Men: Omega (June, 1995) - by Scott Lobdell (story), Mark Waid (dialogue), Roger Cruz (pencils), LaRosa, Tim Townsend, Karl Kesel, Candelario, Hanna, Al Milgrom (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Adventures of the X-Men#11-12 (February-March, 1997) - by Ralph Macchio (writer), Yancey Labat (pencils), Ralph Cabrera (inks), Mark Bernardo (editor)
X-Man '97 (1997) - by Christopher Golden (writer), Ramon Bernado (artist), Jaye Gardner (editor)
X-Man#55 (September, 1999) - by Terry Kavanaugh (writer), Mike Miller (pencils), Elmer, Koblish, LaRosa (inks), Jason Liebig (editor)
Gambit III#24 (January, 2001) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Yanick Paquette (penciler), Dan Green (inker), Mike Marts (editor)
New X-Men #154 (May, 2004) - by Grant Morrison (writer), Marc Silvestri (pencils), Joe Weems (inker), Mike Marts (editor)
Exiles#60-61 (May, 2005) - by Tony Bedard (writer), Jim Calafiore (penciles), Mark McKenna (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#485 (June 2007) - by Ed Brubaker (writer), Billy Tan (penciler), Danny Miki w/ Allen Martinez (inker), Sean Ryan (assistant editor), Nick Lowe (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#486 (July 2007) - by Ed Brubaker (writer), Billy Tan (penciler), Danny Miki w/ Allen Martinez (inker), Sean Ryan (assistant editor), Nick Lowe (editor)
X-Men: Emperor Vulcan#1-5 (November 2007 - March 2008) - Christopher Yost (writer), Paco Diaz (penciler), Vincente Cifuentes (inker), Will Panzo (assistant editor), Nick Lowe (editor)
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Last Updated: 08/20/08
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