X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga by Marvel

Posted: March 3, 2015 in Graphic Novels
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Another challenge on the list accomplished for the year: a graphicnovel

I’ve been a fan of the X-Men movies, but had never really kept up with the stories taking place through the comic books over the decades. The powerful telepath, Jean Grey, has long been my favorite member of the X-Men, and the story of her transformation into Phoenix was devastating. When I discovered that X-Men issues 129-137 covered this story arc and had been compiled into a single graphic novel I was excited!

In 2006 Marvel released the movie The Last Stand which depicted the rise and fall of Phoenix. The comics, which ran from January through September of 1980, explored these same events but followed quite a different series of events. The movie was very emotional, depicting a heartbroken Wolverine being the last one able to stop Phoenix, a resurrected Jean Grey, from destroying the world. In the comics, Phoenix is even more powerful, and evil, than the movie depicted. And although members of the X-Men had opportunities to destroy her on two separate occasions, they could not bring themselves to do it. In the end it was Jean that fought through the entity of Phoenix to end it herself.

Over the years, Marvel has told and retold the stories of the X-Men. I enjoyed seeing the story of Phoenix in its original telling. The comics are from 1980 and might feel a little dated, like that Aunt that still says “cool beans,” but you love her anyway. And I learned some information about the comic book X-Men that I didn’t know: Hank (Beast) had left the X-Men to join the Avengers, Jean Greg’s superhero name was Marvel Girl, Wolverine didn’t have the power of super-healing and he was short, and Professor X was kind of a jerk.

Reading this series definitely has left me wanting to read more.


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