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4.0 out of 5 stars Epic Addition to the Phoenix Saga, 8 Sep 2013
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This review is from: X-Men - Phoenix: Endsong/Warsong Ultimate Collection (Paperback)
One theme has run through the X-men for many years and that is of Phoenix and its relationship with Jean Grey; see recently Avengers Versus X-Men & the Arc commencing with All-New X-Men: Here Comes Yesterday. Like it or be irritated with the re-visits Marvel will not let it go.
If you are not put off by the thought of this theme, then this collection is very good value for money as it combines stories that have normally been sold as two separate books.
Endsong tells the tale of the Phoenix seeking out Jean, those arch bombasts the Shi'ar in pursuit, Jean Grey being raised from the dead and the resulting impact. All manner of tales and sub-plots result. Jean's struggles for her will against Phoenix, Scott and Logan naturally being emotionally torn as to what to do, Emma Frost having to confront yet again the influence of Jean Grey in her life and a poignant tale of Quinton Quire (when he was not cast as a mischievous scamp) trying to bring back the dead Sophie (of the Stepford Cuckoos). On the face of it this could be mawkish and soap-opera ridden, but thanks to the balance of action, exceptional artwork and plenty of other x-men playing their part (you just have to love Storm taking on a Shi'ar space vessel), the tale goes along at a good pace and is an intelligent read, avoiding spoilers-ending on a cliff hanger.
Warsong deals with the ramifications. I have to skim this to avoid even more spoilers to Endsong; suffice it to say it involves in addition to an entire X-men team, Jake Oh from S.H.I.E.L.D, Emma Frost fighting for and against Stepford Cuckoos both live and dead and John Sublime. It is interesting to read of the Stepfords as individuals and Emma Frost as central character always works well; the theme of Emma as their biological mother is played out well. The art is spectacular with much imagery of flames contrasting with darkness and characters floating or blazing through the air, another poignant ending too.
If like me you've not read much of the preceding histories and implications then this omnibus means a careful and slow read to catch up on implications and maybe a quick journey to your favourite reference site, or there again you might rush through it first because there is so much action and suspense (even if we know the general theme of what happened from reading stories out of synch).
Very good value for money and addition to the X-men legends.
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