X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga



❰PDF / Epub❯ ★ X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga Author Chris Claremont – E17streets4all.co.uk Gathered together by Professor Charles Xavier to protect a world that fears and hates them, the X Men had fought many battles, been on adventures that spanned galaxies, grappled enemies of limitless m Dark Phoenix MOBI ó Gathered together by Professor Charles Xavier to protect a world that fears and hates them, the X Men had fought many battles, been on adventures that spanned galaxies, grappled enemies of limitless might, but none of this could prepare them for the most shocking struggle they would ever face One of their own members, Jean Grey, has gained power beyond all comprehension, and that power has corrupted her absolutely Now they must decide if the life of the woman they cherish is worth the existence of the entire X-Men: The Kindle - universeCollects X Men.X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga

Dark Phoenix MOBI ó Chris Claremont is a writer of American comic books, best known for his year stint on Uncanny X Men, during which the series became one of the comic book industry s most successful propertiesClaremont has written many stories for other publishers including the Star Trek Debt of Honor graphic novel, his creator owned Sovereign Seven for DC Comics and Aliens vs Predator for Dark Horse Comics He also wrote a few issues of the series WildCATs volume , issues at Image Comics, which X-Men: The Kindle - introduced his creator owned character, HuntsmanOutside of comics, Claremont co wrote the Chronicles of the Shadow War trilogy, Shadow Moon , Shadow Dawn , and Shadow Star , with George Lucas This trilogy continues the story of Elora Danan from the movie Willow In the s, he also wrote a science fiction trilogy about female starship pilot Nicole Shea, consisting of First Flight , Grounded , and Sundowner Claremont was also a contributor to the Wild Cards anthology series.

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  • 02 March 2019
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  1. says:

    Epic moment in The X Men s history This TPB edition collects the issues 129 137 of Uncanny X Men.Creative Team Writer Co Plotter Chris ClaremontIllustrator Co Plotter John Byrne NEW FRIENDS OLD ALLIES During this saga, Dark Phoenix, the X Men meet new friends along with the return of old allies.It s during this saga that we watch the introduction of Kitty Pryde aka Shadowcat which became one of the most popular characters in the X Men along with proud member of Excalibur and e Epic moment in The X Men s history This TPB edition collects the issues 129 137 of Uncanny X Men.Creative Team Writer Co Plotter Chris ClaremontIllustrator Co Plotter John Byrne NEW FRIENDS OLD ALLIES During this saga, Dark Phoenix, the X Men meet new friends along with the return of old allies.It s during this saga that we watch the introduction of Kitty Pryde aka Shadowcat which became one of the most popular characters in the X Men along with proud member of Excalibur and even nowadays is running the cosmos along the Guardians of the Galaxy Kitty has been playing a pivotal role in the X Men in several of their most epic sagas like Days of Future Past, making her one of the biggest contributions of Claremont Byrne team to the title.Also, Alison Blaire aka Dazzler showing her very disco first appearance, that later she would become full member of the X Men and even a SHIELD agent.And old allies due different situations return to help the team Angel Beast, founding members of the X Men Too bad that they didn t figured it out a way to include Iceman to have all the five first members in the story FROM HELL TO SPACE In the Dark Phoenix saga, the story will take the X Men to face the fearsome Hellfire Club suffering several defeats during the conflict only to be taken to deep space and dealing with the Shi ar Imperial Guard.It s during this saga that Wolverine would say his famous line Okay suckers You ve taken yer best shot Now it s my turnOooooh, yeeeaaah And you have to take in account that this was way back at the beginning of the 80s, and Wolverine wasn t the mega popular character that it s today, not having yet none of his solo mini series and series, even Claremont and Dave Cockrum previous illustrator in the title considered to drop the character from the X Men since they liked better Nightcrawler, but it was thanks to Byrne a fellow Canadian who worked hard to increase the interest about Wolverine with the audience.The Hellfire Club, while having a public front of being a social club for rich people, it has an Inner Circle where powerful beings not only in money but in superpowers too and it s here where you find the introduction of Emma Frost aka The White Queen as one of the member of the Hellfire Club and since then a popular character who has been in both sides of the angels from time to time The Hellfire Club have plans to control the world and the X Men are in their way.However, without intention, the Hellfire Club s plans will unleashed a danger not only to the world but the entire universe TIMING, LEAGUES EXPECTATIONS So, if Dark Phoenix saga introduced so many iconic characters and it had so epic scope why I didn t rate it better Well, I think that it s all about timing, leagues and expectations Let me explain without making spoilers don t worry.Timing The storyline takes too much time to set the factors leading to the unleashed of the Dark Phoenix power, while the time invested on the crisis naming the saga I felt that it was too brief considering the title of the saga.Leagues During the whole saga, the X Men, the supposed lead characters and heroes of the the story, they are way out of their league, the whole time The Hellfire Club beating them over and over again, only to engage later against the Shi ar Imperial Guard where they hardly are holding back but even the main menace, which gives the name to the saga, it s clear that it s something so powerful that they aren t in the position to stop the threat.Expectations Well, the name of the saga, you think that you ll read a crisis where the Dark Phoenix power will be developed almost since the beginning, but you are well past the half of the storyline and you still haven t the Dark Phoenix unleashed I can understand that they need to set elements to justify the situation but I think it took too much time of the story to do that It s a good reading, interesting situations, but sadly not the main plot that I was expecting to read due the chosen title for the saga

  2. says:

    i have decided that the x men is actually short for the exposition men i mean, i know this is a collection of several comic books strung together to make one big fat story,and in order to refresh readers minds as to what happened a month ago or whatever, it is sometimes necessary to throw in little callbacks to previous escapades, but boy does it end up reading awkwardly this is my name this is your name remember when we did that now we are doing this why in order to facilitate th i have decided that the x men is actually short for the exposition men i mean, i know this is a collection of several comic books strung together to make one big fat story,and in order to refresh readers minds as to what happened a month ago or whatever, it is sometimes necessary to throw in little callbacks to previous escapades, but boy does it end up reading awkwardly this is my name this is your name remember when we did that now we are doing this why in order to facilitate this thing that we need to do and on and on and oni expected a littlefrom the man who co authored with george lucas the continuing adventures of willow ufgood.i don t read a lot of superhero comics i have read a bunch of batman because he is pretty awesome, but this is my first x men having fallen asleep in each of the x men movies, this is what i know wolverine is cranky and has awesome claws, i alan cumming, and the green chick is painted and you can see her boobs.that is neither here nor there, i am just showing off my extensive knowledge of the x men so this is my question are all superhero books really about how shitty it is to be a superhero because batman never gets to have any fun, and everyone in here is miserable i m phoenix, i am alive, now i am dead, now i am alive again, now i am in the cosmos, now i am back in time, now i am confused, now i am evil, now maybe i will die again, who knows that s just awful if these books are supposed to be about idealized men and women superheroes in general, not specifically the x men, who are special cases because they are largely ostracized , and serve an escapist role, why are they so unhappy and what the fuck is with the dazzler i love that she had a spin off comic that got canceled because everyone hated it i am pretending that this is something i know, but i only know it because greg told me because really, how could this get old it was a different time, karen i am so glad i was not really alive in a time when that character was thought to be a good idea disco ball superpowers unacceptable ummm, and i guess that is my book review.bow, pause for ovationcome to my blog

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    Yay Now I can officially say that I ve read X Men The Dark Phoenix Saga Wheee Quintessential is a word I ve seen a lot in relation to this story Yeah I can see that This was a pretty major story arc for the X Men You know, Jean GreyKrrrrk slashes finger across throat Gripping is another word I ve seen describing it crickets chirping Hmmm Yeah, not so much Yes, I realize that this story is around thirty years old And yet, somehow that does nothing to make the cheesetastic dia Yay Now I can officially say that I ve read X Men The Dark Phoenix Saga Wheee Quintessential is a word I ve seen a lot in relation to this story Yeah I can see that This was a pretty major story arc for the X Men You know, Jean GreyKrrrrk slashes finger across throat Gripping is another word I ve seen describing it crickets chirping Hmmm Yeah, not so much Yes, I realize that this story is around thirty years old And yet, somehow that does nothing to make the cheesetastic dialogue and horrible art any easier to slog through Well, maybe a little easier In fact, once I resigned myself to things like the bad guys being referred to as goons, and Cyclops and Jean spewing out lines that would make even die hard fans of romance novels cringe, it was a pretty good read Snort No, I m kidding It was pretty painful the whole way through Kitty Pryde makes her debut in this story coolHowever, so does Dazzler Ah, Dazzler, Dazzler, Dazzler You remember her, right She has the awesome disco ball powers Yeaaaah But And this is a big but This particular story is such a huge part of the X Men lore, that I would recommend any comic book fan read it at least once Of course, in my case, once is quite enough

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    This is, by far, one of the greatest storylines of Marvel The Phoenix saga has always held a special place in my heart all my favorite characters take part of it and the tension Gosh, simply amazing.Not only the story has aged beautifully but it also managed to have the same effect as it did back in the 80 s.

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    The purpose of the X men was completely subverted in this It was so cool Their actions are genuine and heroic, but their foes have also manipulated the world into thinking that they are the good guys too They ve hidden themselves rather cleverly in their crime, so when the X men attempt to bring down such a syndicate, it makes them look like the bad guys for a change It only took the most minor of manipulations to turn fear and respect into hatred and animosity And when that s paired with T The purpose of the X men was completely subverted in this It was so cool Their actions are genuine and heroic, but their foes have also manipulated the world into thinking that they are the good guys too They ve hidden themselves rather cleverly in their crime, so when the X men attempt to bring down such a syndicate, it makes them look like the bad guys for a change It only took the most minor of manipulations to turn fear and respect into hatred and animosity And when that s paired with The Phoenix, who has just been released from the shackles of Jean grey, it makes for a rather intense, and fiery, plot Jean Grey has become her power The person, the individual, has practically been destroyed in the process All that s left is fire and destruction She s not the kind of woman you want to mess with So, who could stop such a powerful force Well the rest of the X men of course But, the Phoenix is almost a Goddess, so this isn t going to be a simple fight She has no mercy, no pity and no love, which the X men harbour in abundance for her Indeed, this conflict is going to be rather conflicting Power corrupts, absolute power absolutely corrupts It s a great quote isn t it The ending of this was the only one that could ever have bene possible it was dramatic and effective It was a great ending to a great comic The artwork is a little dated by today s standards, but that s the problem with older comics It was still quite enjoyable though It took me a while to get used to it, but eventually it did begin to flow like the story itself What I found quite interesting was how Wolverine didn t take centre stage The Wolverine in here is much different to the movie version, which was good because it meant that the X men actually felt like a team rather than a one man army Because of this each character has a moment in the story They re all individuals, but they re personalities fit well together They ve grown used to each other s eccentricities I got a real sense of history and comradeship in this because, again, they felt like team The movies really failed with this element of the story They sacrificed so much of this in favour of Hugh Jackman strutting around killing everything This was so much better

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    UNPOPULAR OPINION TIME Fuck all y all haters, I actually like Dazzler I somehow forgot this was her debut People are always like, Haha Dazzler has the power of disco How lame Pfffft Oh yeah, what s your mutation, bro Fucking nothing That s what I thought First off, THAT SHIT WOULD BE AWESOME Damn, do you know how much joy you could bring people with that power You are literally a walking ball of happiness and fun Oh shit, you had a bad day LET ME PUT ON A FANTASTIC LIGHT SHOW JUST UNPOPULAR OPINION TIME Fuck all y all haters, I actually like Dazzler I somehow forgot this was her debut People are always like, Haha Dazzler has the power of disco How lame Pfffft Oh yeah, what s your mutation, bro Fucking nothing That s what I thought First off, THAT SHIT WOULD BE AWESOME Damn, do you know how much joy you could bring people with that power You are literally a walking ball of happiness and fun Oh shit, you had a bad day LET ME PUT ON A FANTASTIC LIGHT SHOW JUST FOR YOU, BRO Power outage FUCK THAT LET S PARTY I M THE GODDAMN DAZZLER Do you hate your neighbors THAT S COOL, I LL AIM MY AMAZING POWERS AT THEIR BEDROOM WINDOW WHILE THEY TRY TO SLEEP I feel like being able to summon my own fireworks would be a great treatment for my depression You could even put on sunglasses and slowly walk away without looking backwards if you ever wanted to look cooler Secondly, her power is actually using sound and vibrations and turning them into various attacks she even has a beam attack like Cyclops, except she can actually control her powers Why do you never see people giving Cyclops shit , WHICH MEANS IT S ALL FUN AND GAMES UNTIL SHE BLINDS YOUR ASS OR TURNS YOUR BRAIN IN JELLY VIA SONIC BLASTS Thirdly, does anyone else remember that kid in the Xmen movies was it the third one It was probably the third one because no one ever mentions that kid because we all tried to forget The Last Stand ever happened who had the grand power of WRITING WITHOUT A PEN OR PENCIL That motherfucker definitely has the most useless mutation ever but everybody has to rag on Dazzler cause she likes disco Depending on your age, your Mom probably liked disco too, pal In short COME AT ME

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    Mixed feelings for this one Good reading for diehard Marvel and X Men fans, but lukewarm for everyone else While I like Bronze Age DC, I don t think I care for Bronze Age X Men or Claremont s writing The closest thing I can compare this to is Frank Miller s The Dark Knight Returns, which is vital and important to the Batman universe, weird and 80s and hated by some Unlike TDKR, however, which I own and love, this was a chore to read Also the polar opposite of grim dark.Let me start with th Mixed feelings for this one Good reading for diehard Marvel and X Men fans, but lukewarm for everyone else While I like Bronze Age DC, I don t think I care for Bronze Age X Men or Claremont s writing The closest thing I can compare this to is Frank Miller s The Dark Knight Returns, which is vital and important to the Batman universe, weird and 80s and hated by some Unlike TDKR, however, which I own and love, this was a chore to read Also the polar opposite of grim dark.Let me start with the good The art is awesome even at thirty five years old But I really don t mind it The plot is solid minus the ending And there s a lot going on We learn about Jean Grey swhat do you call itevil version Dark Phoenix Kitty Pryde has some self discovery The X Men grow as a team There are some pretty good fight scenes And the setting is quite dynamic, even heading out to space So there s that But I have a lot of problems with this.To contextualize, it s 1980 The X Men have been around almost 20 years Marvel is in its heyday This is way before the era of gritty realism and even six years before The Dark Knight Returns Super heroes are still a bit gee golly gosh and saving the universe I get that And I actually like how that works in DC sometimes, like with Crisis on Infinite Earths, New Teen Titans I got into comics late, and reading backwards can be hit or miss In this case, for me, it s a miss Claremont s writing is heavy with camp and cheese The long winded prose, the gushy dialog, the inner monologue drivel I don t need to hear everyone s thoughts in every single panel And how many times do we need to hear the phrases ruby quartz visor and psionic rapport I m spoiled with modern comics We all are Because writers must not be paid by the word any But here, between the prose, dialog, and monologues, there was so much reading it was insane It was like Watchmen level of prose but the prose was not great.Add to being prosaic and cheesy, the dialog and monologues were really inconsistent Some characters language was formal and lacking contractions, or using weird ones like shan t Really, shan t And why does no one use the word and Are they saving that much time by not using the letter D Then the characters themselves Other than their atrocious dialog I mostly enjoyed the X Men They can be pretty badass when they re not whining I guess I wish they were a bit tougher But the villains I really had trouble with The basic early plot involves Jason Wyngard Mastermind, who begins to telepathically seduce and control Jean Grey Dark Phoenix with a weird 18th century mind fantasy I m not sure I m buying it The universe s greatest telepath telekinetic is fooled by a guy with mutton chops Then his cohorts are just dummies Shaw absorbs kinetic energy Leland controls mass Pierce is a simple cyborg So two physicists and a robotscary And these guys, these glorified 18th century ponytail wearing scientists, beat the X Men How does this happen Then there s Dazzler Her super power Light powers And when she attacks she dazzles Her foes have literally been dazzled, like an epileptic seizure And it s 1980 Why is the Dazzler just now starting her disco career in New York There s also some weird creepy sexuality going on here, because every woman is half naked The White Queen likes saying examination and probe with Storm in her underwear Angel Warren Worthington III s girlfriend s name is Candy Southern Really And Phoenix is constantly described as being on a lustful quest for power and completion and dying, dying of course being a rather obvious metaphor So there s that Then there s the ending Which is rather long and tedious and hilly view spoiler I don t know what a star gate is Like a wormhole Thanks vague convenient plot devices Dark Phoenix goes to a galaxy far far away, where she runs into a spaceship from the Empire Watching Star Wars are we, Claremont After the X Men battle Dark Phoenix the first time yes, they do it again , Cyclops literally proposes to Jean Grey Awww Fast forward past galactic exploration to a very long winded and pointless battle between the X Men and parallel dimensional versions of themselves, the X Men fight Dark Phoenix again, Professor Xavier fights Dark Phoenix with some weird anti energy static field thingvague convenient plot device , which doesn t even work, then a weakened Jean just sort of blows up But don t fret boys and girls, she dies a human rather than a god, demon, starkiller thing, whatever So she s redeemed Isn t that nice Then Cyclops yells to the stars paraphrase Jean Nooooo Fanfare Roll credits The end hide spoiler Honestly, apart from the crappy villains and heavy handed exposition, this is decent It s basically Jean Grey versus the X Men in some intergalactic in fighting But those two elements really bring down what could have been a great 80s classic Read at your own risk

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    Midway through reading this classic Claremont tale, I understood its significance to the X Men mythology instantly, and I also wondered if it had some kind of impact on the role of the female superheroine in comics back then and today That s because I consider Jean Grey in this story to be a very empowered representation of what a comic book heroine can become and be undone for at the same time I would like to try and touch upon that subject matter in this review.This is quite possibly the mos Midway through reading this classic Claremont tale, I understood its significance to the X Men mythology instantly, and I also wondered if it had some kind of impact on the role of the female superheroine in comics back then and today That s because I consider Jean Grey in this story to be a very empowered representation of what a comic book heroine can become and be undone for at the same time I would like to try and touch upon that subject matter in this review.This is quite possibly the most popular and enduring comics story arc in recent memory that any self respecting fan of the medium will immediately associate the X Men with, and The Dark Phoenix Saga is deemed with such high esteem and praise for many good reasons One thing that I think we all should remember about reading classic storylines from comics that defined and shaped the continuity or characterization of a particular title is to curb our expectations and adjust our preconceived notions about it to somethingrealistic In my experience, some of these classics can exceed expectations while some are just relics that were overhyped A few of which actually do require further contemplation after finishing them in order to garner anuanced appreciation I can honestly say that The Dark Phoenix is one of them It was a memorable story in itself because the ambiguity in which it was resolved was definitely worth the discussion Though it may have been groundbreaking during its time, I think it better serves as a commentary of what female superheroines represent in comics before, as well as the limited roles they used to play or may continue to play I don t want this to be some kind of feminist review because I don t have enough credibility to start a dialogue like that here In general, I usually stay away from gender discussions particularly in fiction but it s hard to ignore the implications and symbols present in this story concerning Jean Grey both as herself and the manifestation of the Phoenix I just thought such a discussion is noteworthy SPOILERS AHEAD OVERVIEW The saga itself is composed of ten issues from The Uncanny X Men starting from 129 138 which follows the corruption and fall of Jean Grey after she succumbed to the dark and twisted force of her Phoenix power But before that, a short background Some time during the run of said series, a mission in space exposes Jean to a deadly radiation of solar flare which seemed to amplify her mutant powers which therefore made her attain the highest potential of her telepathy telekinesis She returns to Earth with a new identity and costume She becomes known as the Phoenix since As she becomes noticeably stronger, Jean as the Phoenix was alsolenient in using her powers and various teammates of hers, especially Cyclops and Wolverine, notice that she s freely using her skills without the usual measured caution that the old Jean Grey had They would only later find out that this observation is just a symptom of Jean s inevitable downward spiral The Dark Phoenix arc also served as the introduction of the infamous and exclusive inner circle of the Hellfire Club led by Sebastian Shaw, and two iconic characters Kitty Pryde, future Shawdowcat and one of the most memorable X Men members and Emma Frost, a formidable villain of telepathy who is also dubbed as the White Queen The X Men s primary mission only begins when the Hellfire Club through Emma Frost wants to acquire Kitty Pryde who is just starting to become fully aware of her mutant potentials Pryde was also a candidate for the X Men so when Professor X, Storm, Wolverine and Colossus visit her at her home, Emma Frost took advantage of the situation and decided to abduct these X Men on a public location much later on Kitty manages to escape and warn the other X Men of their comrades But before all of this, Cyclops, Phoenix and Nightcrawler are on a mission to find another mutant whom they encounter in a disco club I m referring to Dazzler who is just so ridiculous that I can t take her seriously while I was reading Anyway, the meat and bones of the action start by the time the remaining X Men rescue their captured friends with the help of the newly recruited Kitty That was the main plot of the first five issues or so of the saga but the developing subplot in the sidelines is that of Jean Grey who has been experiencing timeslips where she is being manipulated telepathically by Mastermind to prove his worth in the Hellfire Club he wishes to become a part of He tries to get Jean to turn against the X Men and for a short time during the story, he did manage to turn her into his Red Queen during a climactic confrontation between our heroes and the Club Thankfully, Jean has embedded Scott with a psychic link so while Jean was presently ensnared by Mastermind, Scott tries to win her over through a duel in the astral plane, but he fails Still, it was enough to shake Jean back into reality and upon discovering the damage that Mastermind has done, she becomes visibly angry almost vengeful in a way we have not seen her before This is one of my favorite chilling exchanges in the comic book You can view the bigger images HERE THE AWAKENING I thought that this was an important moment because of the build up established from the previous four issues Throughout the earlier installments, we saw Mastermind charm his way inside Jean s mind and heart, providing her with a beautiful romantic illusion where she was a noble woman from the past, enarod with a gentleman named James Wyngarde He opened her up and then pushed her further into embracing the depths of her desires, captivating her with needs she never realized she s always had to have all the love and power in the world as well as glory as she rules next to a man she considers her equal Jean Grey allowed this fantasy to claim her but once it was shattered she was left with so much self loathing and dread which she subsequently inflicts to the fiend who fed these desires I don t think Claremont and co knew back then how impactful this speech could resonate now for readers like me who live in an era where the influence of female empowerment continues to grow I would like to believe that a lot of us women in this generation havecontrol over our agencies, choices and self expressions than the women in the earlier generations who have limited options back then Jean Grey s speech addressed to an oppressive, overbearing man who fancies himself as the one who holds power over her is just damn cathartic to readYou came to me when I was vulnerable You filled the emotional void within me You made me trust you Perhaps even love you And all the while you were using meis a statement I know a great number of women in the past and present can relate strongly to any woman who has been marginalized, abused and enslaved at one point in their lives can definitely attest to the freeing strength of this kind of righteous rage which Jean exhibited at this point What comes next is terrifying though because Jean is determined to show Mastermind the price to pay for taking advantage of a woman and using her as your personal puppet.As impressive as Jean was for taking control of that situation, it was ultimately the last catalyst that unleashes the disruptive and wild force known as the Dark Phoenix in issue 135 This extreme manifestation of her powers is ironically the very creature that robs her off her free will and agency She becomes entitled, arrogant, selfish, hedonistic and uncaring as the Dark Phoenix, even going so far as attacking her own friends, believing that they are the ones holding her back in the first place She left them completely devastated as she roamed the outer space, looking for something to devour because of this insatiable hunger inside her She picked a random planet where five billion lived She did not even bat an eye with this atrocity that seemed to only come naturally for her This casual genocide attracts the attention of the Shi ar empire ruled by Lilandra, Professor X s long time alien girlfriend After DP had that satisfying meal, she went back to Earth to visit her old home where her parents and sister lived They were happy to see her, of course, but the dormant Jean also felt their fear which was a primal instinct that DP picked up on and she lashed out on them, feeling as if they were threatening her newfound independence and freedom The X Men luckily came back for another brutal second encounter and it was Professor X who eventually managed to lock the Phoenix away from Jean s subconscious The victory was not meant to be savored though because Lilandra and the Shi ar are determined to bring Jean Grey to trial for the genocide she just committed previously This was the falling action of the grand arc that is The Dark Phoenix Saga EMPOWERMENT AND ABSOLUTE POWERThere is a true brilliance to Claremont s narrative and progression of this story from the moment Jean Grey was transformed into the Dark Phoenix I have only vague recollections of the cartoon adaptation of this arc in X Men The Animated Series and I haven t gotten far from my re watch of said cartoons just yet, so everything about reading this was fresh for me Two things I liked about this saga are the tonality and approach of its writing when it comes to the roles of the female characters As Kitty Pryde s first appearance, I found that she was a surprisingly adaptable and brave young girl in the cusp of realizing her potentials as a mutant and aspiring superhero She wasn t portrayed easily as a damsel in distress In fact, it was her resoluteness to help the captured X Men that enabled the other members to rescue them in the first place At thirteen, her world was turned upside down but she coped with it rather impressively Instead of running away, she found the courage to stand up for strangers she did not even know that well but believed that they are good and therefore worthy to be saved At the end of it all, she did break down into tears but that was only a natural reaction to the dangerous life she has yet to know will be her daily existence from that day forward Still, for a first introduction, Kitty Pryde already holds promise as a capable heroine who tried to make good choices out of the worst scenarios she faced.In contrast, Emma Frost is a self made, strong and cunning villainess who may ultimately answer to a domineering male group Hellfire Club but she certainly possesses loftier ambitions of her own and seemed to commit heinous acts not because she was forced to do them, but rather because she is motivated by her own greed Her allegiance to the Hellfire Club s men is attached to the fact that they are also enabling her to pursue whatever personal goals she may have on the side It wasn t explicitly shown but I get the sense that she could very much decide to leave the men by themselves if she wasn t getting what she wants from them in return and the men may be aware of that arrangement as well She was defeated by another woman Jean Grey , and it was another bonus for me to see that when her role in the story abruptly finished, it wasn t because a man did not find her useful any Now I m very interested to read about Emma Frost from this point on To have another competent and powerful female telepath offers possibilities and I definitely want her to come back.But empowering female characters in this story was sadly not very consistent though The appearance of Dazzler was baffling to me especially her role in helping the X Men I do not understand her motivation in doing so anyway, let alone her relevance which was why I was uncaring that she was there The same can be said for Ororo Munroe Storm who spent almost all her time in the story being a lesser superheroine next to Jean Grey as the Dark Phoenix It was understandable for Jean to overpower Storm during their confrontations especially in her DP form but it also places Storm in a very unflattering way where her capabilities are diminished There was even that passing scene in Mastermind s illusion where Jean was a noble woman and Ororo was a servant in her household who tried to escape and so Jean had to whip her It just made me shake my head because I really didn t think that should have been put there It s jarring and slightly insensitive to see a supeheroine of color be portrayed like that It just wasn t necessary to the story anyway, and it only adds to the diluted effect of Storm s rather passive role in the narrative Well, at least they did get to manage Storm to kick ass again at the later pages as the story comes to an end so I ll just take comfort in that Speaking of said later pages THE IMPOSSIBLE CHOICEThe second climax of this saga arrives when the X Men Wolverine, Nightwalker, Storm, Angel and Colossus with recent Avenger ed Beast face Shi ar warriors in a trial by combat arrangement to save Jean from punishment There are at least twelve pages of great action sequences that these combats provided It was visually engrossing which made me imagine seeing them on screen and that only made me dislike X Men The Last Stand further We really should have gotten The Dark Phoenix instead But before all that, I would just like to share this favorite set of panels where Jean Grey puts on her old Marvel Girl costume It was nostalgic and appropriate It shows that there is still light and humanity present in Jeannie, and she embraces the heroine she was at the beginning at this moment to demonstrate that her friends, especially her boyfriend Scott, have not lost her And she is not ready to be lost herself.In the end, it was only Scott and Jean who were left standing and together they fought their way for Jean s pardon and freedom Scott was injured during the battle and seeing her beloved in danger has once again awakened the Phoenix in Jean Tragically, the possibility of her going dark and twisted because of the Phoenix is just something her relationship with Scott and the rest of the X Men cannot withstand And Jean knew this from the moment Professor X was able to put some temporary restraints on her powers which are ultimately infinite and uncontainable So in a quiet last scene between the lovers, Jean informs Scott of her decision to extinguish herself in order to save all of them That conversation was done rather beautifully for me In the heat and determination of everyone especially Scott to save Jean from her doom, they did not anticipate that perhaps she herself is giving up control and choosing to lose the battle instead by righteously as well as selflessly letting go of her powers That s how I interpreted that final scene because it makes sense for Jean s character to choose death in order for others to live It s who she is as a person It s why she s one of my all time favorite superheroes She recognized the devastation and havoc she had caused when she committed mindless genocide as the Dark Phoenix and she would rather die a mortal than live as a goddess with unbridled passions and a lack of awareness and concern for life It s a choice we all should commend her for.THE VERDICTThe X Men may never realize it but this is the day they have won perhaps the greatest victory of their young lives Jean Grey could have lived to become a god But it wasimportant to her that she die a humanI understand why this story is considered an important classic because it does define a lot of future arcs concerning Jean Grey, and the effect of the Phoenix as an unstoppable sentient force in the Marvel Universe But I have my personal reasons why I think this is simply a comic book story you should find time to read Since I began writing this review with the intention on discussing the role of female characters as the heart of the conflict, climax and resolution for this story, I want to end it now by recommending this to other young women who will read this review Often, I ve made this subconscious decision to ignore the underlying sexist themes and small moments I may encounter every now and then in superhero comic books if they only get in way of enjoyment of a great story in spite of such flaws I understand that superhero comic books have been majorly written by men in the past and present, with a few exceptions so old classics like this one can be very dated in the most negative sense possible This is why The Dark Phoenix for me was uplifting to read because I found the way they portrayed Jean Grey and, to a lesser extent, Kitty Pryde to be most admirable Most sites will tell you to pick this up because of its posterity and value as a classical tale But personally, I want you to read this because it s a meaningful story about one woman s emotional and psychological journey through the joys and burdens of power, and the ultimate sacrifice she chooses to make, all for love and humanity.RECOMMENDED 9 10

  9. says:

    This is one of the greatest comic book story arcs ever told.It has early, rough around the back hair Wolverine It has Cyclops at his leadership best It has Colossus and Nightcrawler and Storm the Russian, the German and the African woman at their eighties expectation blowing pomp It has the Hellfire Club, the Avengers embodied by Beast and the Shi ar It has Angel and Professor X And it has Jean Grey Phoenix Dark Phoenix Did I mention it has Jean Grey Phoenix Dark Phoenix I This is one of the greatest comic book story arcs ever told.It has early, rough around the back hair Wolverine It has Cyclops at his leadership best It has Colossus and Nightcrawler and Storm the Russian, the German and the African woman at their eighties expectation blowing pomp It has the Hellfire Club, the Avengers embodied by Beast and the Shi ar It has Angel and Professor X And it has Jean Grey Phoenix Dark Phoenix Did I mention it has Jean Grey Phoenix Dark Phoenix It does.It is perfect but for the end I mean perfect Chris Claremont is one of the all time great Marvel writers His dialogue works, his plotting works, his mind scores multiple hits when it comes to what needs to be said and done He was the Hitchcock of the Marvel Universe And his partner was John Byrne I don t know what tastes are today I don t care What I do know is that John Byrne s art spoke to me like no other s Byrne was a Calgarian my home town and he gave birth both to Canada s greatest hero Wolvie and our greatest superteam Alpha Flight but he also pencilled some of the greatest sequences in comic history and the Dark Phoenix saga was the best of them all.I hated the ending and all its humanist drivel , but the rest of the story was unparalleled I am so glad I reread this after rereading Secret Wars I would have hated the reread of the latter if I d reread the former first.Now, though, I must take a break If I were to read another comic now, it would suffer by comparison, and there is no way I could be fair The Dark Phoenix Saga is one of the best stories ever told What a shame they fucked it up in the X Men movies I d have given anything to see it done right

  10. says:

    Hands down one of the best Marvel comic stories I ve ever read The way Claremont brings out each character and piece them together as a team is commendable.

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