"When Strikes a Gladiator"
The X-Men go into Manhattan to enjoy Christmas Eve as they split up and go their separate ways. Sam goes shopping for his brothers and sisters in FAO Schwarz, when he runs into Gladiator. The pair battle around the city until the X-Men arrive and Gladiator tells them that they are needed to defend the Shi'ar empire from its greatest foe. The X-Men, minus Sam, are teleported to a waiting transport on the way to the Shi'ar throneworld.