The saga of the Dark Phoenix--in which Jean Gray is possessed by a powerful and destructive cosmic being--is the centerpiece of X-Men, Volume 3
, which compiles the conclusion of the third season of 1990s animated series X-Men
and the beginning of its fourth. The story line, which unspools over 4 of the double-disc set's 15 episodes, largely echoes the one outlined by Chris Claremont, John Byrne, and Dave Cockrum in the print version circa 1976-77, with Gray/Dark Phoenix installed as the Black Queen of the Hellfire Club's Inner Circle, her destruction of the D'Bari star system, and the X-Men's fight against the fearsome Shi'ar Imperial Guard to decide the Phoenix's fate. It's a thrilling quartet of episodes, and the highlight of the set; other story arcs include Wolverine's never-ending quest for the facts of his past ("Weapon X, Lies and Videotape"); Morph's return to the X-Men, which is dampened by an attack by the Sentinels ("Courage"); appearances by Nightcrawler, Iceman ("Cold Comfort"), and Archangel ("Obsession"), who recruits Rogue to battle Apocalypse; and a nice nod to the Age of Apocalypse story line in the two-parter "One Man's Worth." Those who remember the TV series will be pleased to have this current go-round of episodes, despite their being out of broadcast order (which results in some continuity confusion); newcomers will appreciate the plentiful action and smart scripting. As with previous Buena Vista X-Men
releases, no extras are included in the set. --Paul Gaita
The X-Men are back for more nonstop thrills and excitement in Volume 3 of the definitive animated series. Faithfully created from the pages of the original Marvel comic books, these classic stories are a must have for any X-Men fan.
When the all powerful Dark Phoenix inhabits the body of Jean Grey, the X-Men go to battle in order to save one of their own. Get into the action with 15 spine-tingling episodes, including the 4-part Dark Phoenix saga in this collectible 2-disc set.