Hopeless delivers another solid installment here. It hasn't got much to do with the larger "Secret Wars" story, but I'm totally fine with that, since it presents enough plot twists to keep the reader happy.
First, we've got the Goblin Queen's straightforward offer of allegiance to Colossus: he rescues Illyana, she gets to rule Limbo. To help make that a possibility, she provides Colossus with the Soulsword. To be honest, I didn't totally get this part. Illyana apparently left behind the Soulsword after a battle, but I don't understand why she didn't return to retrieve it. After all, Madelyne admits that neither she nor Alex could move it. Are we supposed to believe that Illyana just left it out there, like a toy rusting in the rain? Moreover, if Madelyne didn't move it, how does she transport it to Peter? She claims Peter called it, but she also states that she and Alex somehow "seized the opportunity" of Illyana leaving it in the first place. In other words, it's a bit of a mess. But, I guess that we just have to go with it. At any rate, Peter takes up the Soulsword and they all storm the Empire State Building, where Illyana is waiting with Nightcrawler, who she mutated into a dragon. Meanwhile, one of the goblins has dragged a dying Boomer to an underground laboratory to feed her to his mysterious master (likely to be Mr. Sinister).
Again, this issue isn't perfect, but it does really feel like a logical extension of the "Inferno" cross-over event, if the X-Men failed to stop the invasion. Since we know that Alex eventually takes over the domain from Madelyne, I'm intrigued to see how we get there. Add to the mix a young Cable talking about guns with Domino and I'm a happy camper.
*** (three of five stars)