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X-Men: Phoenix Rising Paperback – September 14, 2011

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: X-Men
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (September 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785157867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785157861
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 6.7 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #534,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Jean Grey alive? Find out what happened to her after the infamous Dark Phoenix Saga. What a great collection of comics." -- J.M. Guillemette

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Roger Stern has written for radio, television, the stage, and the Internet, creating scripts for everything from sketch comedy to flash-animation. For ten years, he was the senior writer of the Superman series for DC Comics. Stern has written hundreds of stories about such diverse characters as Green Lantern, Supergirl, Starman, and the Justice League for DC Comics; and Spider-Man, Captain America, the Incredible Hulk, and the Avengers for Marvel. His first prose novel, The Death and Life of Superman, was a New York Times bestseller.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. H. Wells VINE VOICE on August 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Phoenix Rising Premiere classic includes issues Avengers #263, Fantastic Four #286, X-Factor #1, and Classic X-Men #8 & #43 in one great graphic novel.

I bought Phoenix Rising at the same that I bought X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga and together they tell one of the greatest stories of x-men history. While I was already familiary with the Dark Phoenix Saga, I had never read the issues that comprise Phoenix Rising. I do think that readers need to know the Dark Phoenix Saga before reading this book and it helps to know about the X-Men relaunch that was done in Giant-Size X-Men #1 (collected here X-Men: We Are The X-Men TPB )

However, once you have the appropriate background, Phoenix Rising tells a great story-- really a rebirth of two immortal powers. The title entity known as the Jean Grey makes a return after being rediscovered in a cocoon/egg/dormant state. But the rebirth of the original X-Men as "X-Factor" was a much more moving moment for this marvel reader.

Modern readers of the X-men can confidently pick up Phoenix Rising and a few other quality graphic novels and have the most important backstory for their favorite mutants. Older readers of the X-men (like me) may not have ever read these issues. I never followed Marvel's various x-overs especially into titles like the Avengers and Fantastic Four (doing extra chores around the house didn't pay a whole lot back then). Either way, Phoenix Rising will be enjoyed by x-fans new and old.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew W. Manzo on December 8, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I'm glad to have this book because it connects the dots between the original X-Men becoming X-Factor. Also it helped to figure out what happened between Cyclops and his wife.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By zombie phreak on April 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
This comic was a huge disappointment. The title is basically a lie. She doesn't "rise" in this book, if anything she sits around and reflects on things she's done. This should have been titled "Phoenix Aftermath," or "Phoenix Wrap-Up."

The story is pretty boring and it's pretty much just the clean up after the whole Phoenix saga. It just serves to get Jean Grey back into the Marvel continuity, break up Scott Summers and Madelyn Prior, and get him back with Jean Grey. It also served to remind me why I stopped reading X-Men back in the 90's. Every male on the X-Men/X-Factor/X-Force teams with a pulse wants to sleep with Jean Grey. She's not even that interesting of a character to read about. So why do all these male characters want to get with her? Is it because she's female, has red hair and green eyes? I kinda like my characters to have more defining characteristics than, "Ohhh she's hot!"

Something else that didn't make sense was that on page 44, Wolverine has his old yellow and brown costume on. But then in the VERY NEXT PANEL, he's in his yellow and blue costume with no explanation of why the change happened.

The only good parts of this book were the parts where the Fantastic Four and the Avengers show up and interact with Jean Grey. Even then the interesting parts are the Avengers and the Fantastic Four just being there!

I can't recommend this to anyone, give it a pass.
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