Cable and Hope arrive back in the present; however, Cable beams them into Westchester, where the X-Men no longer are, as opposed to Utopia. Enemy forces get there first, sending him on the run, and the X-Men rapidly deploy to rescue him. I posted this scene because I like its depiction of Cyclops' strategy (most of the time, leadership in these sorts of stories is just leading the charge):
Four pages from X-Men: Second Coming #1.
The "alpha roster" intercepts and neutralizes the Sapien League guys on Hope and Cable's tail, but Cable and Hope don't know that; however, tension comes to a head because all the X-Force-related characters know the villains behind this plot, and the regular X-Men don't. Nightcrawler and Psylocke demand to know what's going on (Nightcrawler also objects to Laura stabbing one of the Sapien guys through the head).
Speaking of the villains, they all give the disposition of their troops:
If "Messiah Complex" was, in the end, mostly about mutants fighting mutants over control of the messiah baby (X-Men vs. Mr. Sinister), this is clearly mutants vs. humans for the survival of the race, with essentially every significant human villain from the franchise's history on hand for the occasion (it's also worth noting that, from the looks of it, the essential link between these two crossovers was X-Force, since that's where all these guys came from).
This issue is David Finch's last Marvel work for a while, having decided on a sojourn at DC; I was never a big fan of his work (his faces always looked weird to me, especially the noses), but this issue was better than I expected.
group: x-men, creator: chris yost, creator: craig kyle, creator: david finch, event: second coming, publisher: marvel comics