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X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga [Library Binding]

Chris Claremont , John Byrne , Terry Austin
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Mar 2008
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 universe! Collects X-Men #129-137.
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  • Library Binding: 183 pages
  • Publisher: San Val (Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1417816953
  • ISBN-13: 978-1417816958
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 16.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,573,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars "Because She Was Human..." 14 Jan 2012
WARNING!! This Review may contain Spoilers!!

Think of an X-Men story, any single one of them. Days Of Future Past, God Loves Man Kills, Mutant Genesis, Age Of Apocalypse, E For Extinction, Unstoppable, Messiah Complex, Second Coming etc, these are great comics. But The Dark Phoenix Saga is better by a long way. Compared to this, only the likes of comic book royalty such as The Dark Knight Returns, Maus and Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour are close.

Written by Chris Claremont, X-Men writer for a massive 16 years between 1975-1991, and co-plotted by artist John Byrne, The Dark Phoenix Saga effectively rounds off a story that began in 1976 with the transformation/possession of original X-Man Jean Grey (then going by the fairly crap name of Marvel Girl) into/by Phoenix, the most powerful being in creation. As the title suggests, the book chronicles the descent of Phoenix into darkness. Containing issues #129-1937, it also contains the debuts of two well known X-Men: Kitty Pyde (a.k.a: Sprite/Ariel/Shadowcat) and Alison Blaire (Dazzler).

You have noticed that I haven't said much about the actual story. This is because, for me, The Dark Phoenix Saga is special, and I don't want to spoil it. The art is Superb, not just for the period, but now as well. Not quite as good as in his run on Fantastic Four, but still absolutely indispensable. Claremont's writing is at it's peak by this point, and besides being more wordy then some are used to now-a-days, he nails every characters voices and thoughts with dynamite precision.

Basically, it's bloody spectacular. And to me, it's never been bested. Yet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the all time greats. 2 Sep 2010
Back in the late 1970's into the early 1980's Chris Claremont and John Byrne put together a sequence of issues of the X-Men that was something special at the time and it remains so to this very day.

The culmination of this three year period was The Dark Phoenix Saga. They'd taken the huge decision to turn plain old Jean Gray into the Phoenix, one of the most powerful characters in the history of comics. Alas, such power was proving to be too much for her and we come to the story of Dark Phoenix.

I don't want to give anything away here, but it's safe to say that these issues manage the nigh-on impossible feat of telling a huge story while still making us care for the individuals concerned. Claremont and Byrne's resolution to the storyline was an extra-ordinarily brave decision. Unquestionably a high water mark for comics. (Marvel's later decision to undo this ending in an attempt to make some big money was one of the scuzziest things I've ever read in comics, but Claremont and Byrne weren't to know this at the time.)

John Byrne's art was at its best in these issues. He's clearly trying his best to imitate Neal Adams, who was so hugely influential on comic book art. In later days he developed his own style, and quite right too, but in truth it never looked this good again. His pencils are beautifully inked by Terry Austin.

These issues regularly turn up in comic book readers all time top ten. It's amongst my favourites too. As there's nothing anywhere near this good out there these days, I expect it always will be.

Very highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No exaggeration: the best X-Men story ever 28 Jun 1998
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This book reprints the "Dark Phoenix" saga from X-Men 129-137 (circa 1980). This is the story that moved the X-Men from a very good comic book to something truly remarkable. The story was so significant that the original ending had to be changed (the original was later published separately). The Claremont/Byrne combination is phenomenal. The book features a new introduction by Stan Lee. A must read for any X-Men fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars X Man Phoenix Review 18 Mar 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
For anyone collecting comics this tome will be one the most wanted items in any list

and that is enough said, it is one of the best ever stories with the x - man

I also strongly recommend the classic "Days of A Future Past"
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