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X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga (Marvel Legends, Vol. 2) Paperback – August 1, 1990
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It started as a subplot when the mutant X-Man, Jean Grey, was possessed by the Phoenix entity, a being of great power that slowly transformed her into one of the most powerful superbeings in the universe. The story contained in this book is the climactic end to the story. As Phoenix, Grey becomes more and more powerful to the point where she can no longer fully control the urges that her godlike abilities give her. A shadowy organization called the Hellfire Club seeks to control her and manipulate her power to their ends. Meanwhile, her fellow X-Men, including her love Scott Summers (a.k.a., Cyclops), seek to infiltrate the Hellfire Club. Ultimately they end up defending Phoenix after she has unleashed her powers in ways they never dreamed imaginable.
The Dark Phoenix Saga is a story of power, love, subterfuge and tragedy. Each of the X-Men has their moment to shine in this story. Of particular note is the sequence wherein Wolverine singlehandedly rescues the entire team, one of the best single-issue stories ever, in my opinion.
Claremont and Byrne were at the peak of their abilities in this story. Neither has shone as brightly before or since. While stories like The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen are often said to be the best comic story ever created, my vote goes to the Dark Phoenix Saga.
If you are new to the X-men universe, and want to know the merry mutants at their very best, or your only exposure to them has been in the movies, this is the book that should be first on your list.
Claremont, the writer, and Byrne/Austin, the art team, are as if they were thinking with the same brain. The result is one of the most breathless, rollercoaster, and truly epic sagas in comic book history. Cyclops, Phoenix, Wolverine, and the rest are written and rendered so well, you can almost hear the dialogue being delivered.
In short, this is the closest you will ever come to holding a wide-screen summer blockbuster in your own two hands. You will not regret this purchase.
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loved it. very good. good read. good quality. easy download. recommend it to anyone who loves xmen. it's really cheap.Published 1 day ago by Elise Caluori
As a kid, I specifically remembered the Dark Phoenix Saga—on the animated TV series. It was a spellbinding series of episodes equal to that of the best of Game of Thrones (for a... Read morePublished 4 days ago by benjamin bannister
Fantastic xmen arc. It's a must read for fans new and old. It's worth reading to better appreciate Jean Grey's character.Published 16 days ago by Christopher Poulos
If you love comics...than read this! This is a classic, but you should read every X-men that leads up to it, starting at Giant Sized #1Published 1 month ago by Morgan Cade Naslund
The comic was a little too worn for what I paid for it. Otherwise, the story is a must read for xmen fans.Published 1 month ago by Brian Cammarano
This is mostly a review of how it is to read this comic with a Kindle App. The Story is, of course, a classic. Nothing else I need to say about it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tom&Maria
The all time X-Men classic-Claremonts writing is a bit lame but this is great art & storyline-all time best X-men story bar none in my mindPublished 10 months ago by Dungeon Master
I would have loved to give this a five-star. But someone screwed up with the scanning because there's a slight crinkle about 2/3 of the way down most pages. Read morePublished 10 months ago by George Chow