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If only this was where the Phoenix/Jean Grey story/song finally did end ! This is a pretty good resurrection of the Phoenix/Dark Phoenix concept with some realistic characterisations and something new to say. The art is absolutely beautiful – almost too beautiful at times – panels become like posters and almost throws the reader out the action. I would have liked more explanation of who Quentin Quire was and I have real trouble with the Emma Frost is Scott’s true love concept but otherwise this is nearly flawless. The ‘Endsong/Warsong’ series should have been left alone here. This is a classy ending to a classic story. The other Endsong books should be ignored, the ‘A Vs X’ forgotten. This should be the end of the Phoenix saga – in a perfect world. Recommended.
It arrived in good time and the condition was perfect. I've been wanting this graphic novel for a while but it wasnt as long as I expected. Still an interesting read though but you need to have a background knowledge of the Phoenix Saga to fully understand everything thats going on.
This story goes by so quickly that it's hard to love it or hate it. Greg Pak's characterizations are all on point - Cyclops is badass, Emma is witty, Kitty is sassy, etc. There are some really great lines. Fun moments of action too. But ultimately, the plot amounts to "Jean almost comes back to life, but then she doesn't." Greg Land's art is not for everyone, but I think it works pretty well here. Characters are photo-realistic, yes, but they usually have enough movement to them to not feel "frozen" like in some of his portfolio.
In the <i>Marvel Comics</i> universe, the Phoenix Force is a primal part of the cosmos that can effect the very fabric of reality. The powers of the Phoenix are such that it is stronger than almost any other being alive. Years ago, the Phoenix possessed an Earth woman, the mutant named Jean Grey. Despite initially doing so for a noble purpose, Phoenix was eventually corrupted, and slaughtered billions of aliens before the combined might of the X-Men and the alien Shi'ar Empire put it down.
After being freed of this influence, Jean Grey was happily married, and seemed to have a happy life ahead of her. She tragically would go on to die saving others. Years later, as this comic begins, the Phoenix has been awakened by members of the Shi'ar military who desire to destroy it once and for all before it can cause anymore damage. Phoenix immediately travels to earth to seek the woman who was it's former host, Jean Grey, and the man they both love, Scott Summers (mutant and leader of the X-Men, Cyclops). But Jean is dead, Scott has moved on with the mutant woman Emma Frost, and Phoenix is not pleased...
This was a fun romp for me because it really doesn't require a ton of prior knowledge to piece together the plot. The writers made sure to give the reader exactly what they needed to know in the first few pages of each issue. This was good, as sometimes comics can be difficult to get into at first due to the sheer volume of continuity one may need to know in order to understand what is going on.
It was interesting to see that, as far as this comic goes, Jean Grey stayed dead. So far in comics, the only characters to stay dead for good are the three who are necessary to a major hero's origin story, i.e., Uncle Ben for Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Thomas and Martha Wayne for Bruce Wayne/Batman. Granted that that statement is a tad simplistic, but still makes the point that most characters do not stay dead in comics. The fact that someone of the importance of Jean Grey has done so for so long is impressive.
The best part of the issue, aside from the story was the characterization. To me, this is always an important one. The characters were presented in a very believable way within the confines of the fantastic tale. They interacted in ways that made sense given their personalities. In no way did the characterization seem to change for the story, and thus someone act differently for the sake of plot convenience. Instead, the story and players moved together in sync.
This was a great read, and one that I also would suggest as a good starting place for someone interested in reading <i>Marvel</i> comics.