Arrival of Galactus is the first event in the Astonishing Universe serving as the first culmination of the Astonishing Universe. Arrival of Galactus also serves as the last story in Arc I.
The story continues after Cable and Silver Surfer warned the X-Men and Fantastic Four of Galactus' impending arrival told in Astonishing X-Men and Astonishing Fantastic Four. The X-Men and Fantastic Four notify S.H.I.E.L.D. of this, seeing that the sources are more than trustworthy with one being from the future and another being from space. Nick Fury alerts the Avengers of this.
Fury orders that Tony Stark, Hank Pym and Bruce Banner that they work on a way of stopping him, Reed would also help the three. With the four smartest men on the planet working on a way to stop Galactus, S.H.I.E.L.D. bring in Cable and Silver Surfer. Upon arriving to the Triskelion Cable attacks Silver Surfer for all the horrendous things he'd do in the future, the two engage in a fight that almost destroys the Triskelion, the Silver Surfer ends the fight with his foot on Cable's throat and explains to him that he apologizes for the horrible things he's done and regrets them, but he did it for his planet. Cable reluctantly forgives Silver Surfer and the two come to an understanding.
With their fight over, Nick Fury questions Silver Surfer and Cable and asks if they know any weaknesses that Galactus has. The Surfer tells Fury that Galactus cosmic hunger is his greatest weakness and without sustaining himself he'll die, Surfer continues and explains that the reason he wants Earth so much is that it is rich with energy.
Silver Surfer realized that he hadn't reported back to Galactus in over 24 hours and if he doesn't report back in 24 hours, Galactus would launch his assault. Suddenly, the Surfer's word proved true, Galactus had arrived. The Silver Surfer tells them not to completely panic as Galactus always begins a path of destruction shortly before consuming it, Nick Fury orders the Avengers except Hank Pym and Tony Stark, the Fantastic Four except Reed Richards and the X-Men to distract Galactus while Stark, Pym and Richards continue working on a way to stop Galactus.
While on a date in Manhattan, Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson see Galactus' towering figure over New York. Peter informs MJ that he has to go to which she agrees and tells him to be safe. Spider-Man makes his way to Galactus, seeing as he has no chance in stopping him he begins saving citizens from collateral damage caused by Galactus. Suddenly he sees a car about to fall off the Queensborough Bridge, he grabs it but struggles to pull the car as he is about to lose his grip Daredevil enters and saves all the people inside the car. Spider-Man and Daredevil look into the sky and wonder how on Earth they'll defeat Galactus, Daredevil says all they can do now is help the people and let the big guns handle it.
The Avengers, Fantastic Four and X-Men arrive and attack Galactus. Hulk, Thor and the Thing are the heaviest hitters and causing the most damage to Galactus until he blasts them with cosmic energy causing Hulk to revert into Banner and Thor and the Thing to be knocked unconscious. Without their heavy hitters the three teams are decimated by Galactus' powers. As Galactus is about to kill the three teams, Sue Storm protects them with a psionic shield bubble. Silver Surfer and Cable arrive to help, while Cable is quickly knocked out. Silver Surfer gives Galactus a run for his money, realizing he can't defeat Galactus alone, Silver Surfer retreats and uses an untapped power the allows him to teleport himself, the other superheroes (including Spider-Man and Daredevil) back to the Triskelion.
Silver Surfer warns Nick Fury that he sees them as a threat and will be coming for them. Stark, Pym and Richards notify the heroes that they have discovered a dimension called the Negative Zone that has no life in it and if they could create a wormhole and find a way to push him inside of it, they can defeat him. Quicksilver then notifies them that if they know how to build it and tell him how to build it, he'll use his superspeed to get it built fast, Stark, Pym, Richards and Banner then begin brain storming on how to create a device that can create wormholes.
Suddenly, Galactus arrives and attacks the Triskelion. The heroes begin battling Galactus to hold him off while the brains attempt to blueprint a wormhole device. After a long battle the heroes are defeated by Galactus but luckily the brains have come up with a way of creating a portal device, they wake up Quicksilver to build the mission, although Quicksilver will need a distraction, Bruce transforms into the Hulk in a berserker rage and begins pounding Galactus. From looking at the blueprints, Quicksilver builds the device and activates it creating a wormhole. Hulk with a limited understanding keeps on punching Galactus in the direction of the wormhole and attempts to push him into it, as Galactus falls into the wormhole he grabs the Hulk and with no way to escape his fate seems to be sealed.
Until Silver Surfer zooms in and tackles Galactus into the wormhole going inside with him. Quicksilver quickly shuts down the device closing the wormhole forever, after successfully averting the dystopian future Cable hails from, he begins fading from existence. As he is fading, Cable thanks Daredevil, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Iceman and Quicksilver for being a family to him when no one else would in the future and he tells his parents that he loves them and hopes to see them again soon.
A few days after Galactus' attack, New York begins rebuilding their wartorn city as well as the Triskelion. A statue of Silver Surfer and Cable would be erected in their honor.
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- Arrival of Galactus is the final story in Arc I of the Astonishing Universe.
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