One giant leap for mutantkind! The new nation of Krakoa has quickly become a major force on the world stage, but why stop there? The X-Men have relaunched the Sentient World Observation & Response Directorate, a fully independent organization dealing with all things extraterrestrial on behalf of Earth. And S.W.O.R.D. is thrown right into the deep end of a planetary crisis as Krakoa battles the invading King in Black! Meanwhile, Abigail Brand prepares a deniable operation all her own. What is Protocol V, and can the Earth survive it? Then, walk a mile in the Manifold's shoes as S.W.O.R.D.'s Quintician takes a journey across the universe — and comes face-to-face with a deadly enemy! And as the Quiet Council discusses the rules of murder on Krakoa, in space the killings have already begun.