Title: Uncanny X-Men: The Phoenix Saga by Chris Claremont(Author), Jo Duffy(Author), and John Byrne(Illustrator).
Genre: Fiction – Superhero
Length: 200 pages
Format: Graphic Novel
Publication Date: April 25, 2012
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Rating – 5/5
An epic tale of triumph and tragedy! When the Dark Phoenix rises, suns grow cold and universes die! Gathered by Charles Xavier, the X-Men have dedicated their wondrous abilities to protect mankind – even those who hate and fear them. one of their own, Jean Grey, has unwittingly attained power beyond conception – and been corrupted, absolutely. The X-Men must decide: Is the life of the woman they cherish worth the existence of an entire universe? This touching tale of ultimate power and the triumph of the human spirit has been a cornerstone of the X-Men mythos for over three decades.
I have wanted to read The Phoenix Saga for awhile now. I vaguely remember this from when I was a kid but since Dark Phoenix is my primary cosplay I wanted to go back and refresh my memory. I was definitely not disappointed.
The Phoenix Saga collects issues 129-138 of the Uncanny X-Men which consists of Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Storm, Phoenix, Cyclops and Colossus. This particular arc is just what the title of the trade suggests. Basically The Hellfire club, a secret club within a club that seeks power and dominance wants to capture the X-Men and use them and their powers to create an army of mutants. Through the use of Mastermind’s illusions they gain control over Jean which serves as a catalyst to unleashing the über deadly Phoenix force which once again sweeps through the galaxy leaving devastation in her wake.
There is actually so much more to the story than that but that’s a very broad description. Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed this arc. I thought it was fun to read. Anytime I get to spend with the X-Men is always a great time and this one is definitely one of my most favorite arcs ever.
There is a lot of detail in this story and a lot of back references that are more or less explained or there is a small note referring the reader to the number of a past single issue that includes a particular event or character. I love that and found it to be super helpful.
Originally the issues collected in this trade were published in the late 70s and continuing into the 80s so the artwork is classic and still beautiful to this day. I absolutely love the depiction of the Phoenix force.
I just really love this whole story. It was super hard for me to put it down and it was easy to lose myself in it. I highly recommend this trade to anyone who is an X-Men fan and hasn’t read this. You will enjoy it!
And just because this is my favorite character to cosplay, here is a pic of my Dark Phoenix cosplay!
For more superhero pics like this check out my Comic Con Pics page!
I have been super into reading graphic novels lately and have gotten to read quite a few new ones and am reading some older ones in the upcoming weeks. If you have any recommendations for me, I would be thrilled! Thank you everyone and have a happy Thursday!