Graymalkin continues to fight Pierce, but the battle ends up shattering Dust's glass body. Soon Magma enters the battle and drives Pierce off and then super heats the glass fragments back to sand allowing Dust to reform. Together they go to stop the battle between the young X-Men and the other New Mutants, explaining how they were duped by Pierce. With the help of Ink, both groups search out Pierce to rescue Moonstar and Blindfold. In the ensuing battle Wolf Cub is mortally wounded and an enraged Rockslide nearly beats Pierce to death, until Wolf Cub begs him to stop because "X-Men" don't kill" and they are X-Men. His dying words.