This is the original Dark Phoenix saga written by Chris Claremont with art from John Byrne. It's a 260-page book which is essentially a graphic novel. It is definitely worth purchase for its price. The comic contains many beautiful colorful pictures, as typical for comics of that time (1979-1980 and years about that time). Aside from Phoenix's story, which begins on Muir Island and ends on the dark side of the moon (even Kree and Skrulls appear for a while), Kitty Pryde and Dazzler are introduced during the part of the story involving Hellfire Club. Other Marvel characters, namely Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Silver Surfer, Mr. Fantastic, The Thing and Edwin Jarvis appear in one to two picture cameos, which makes this feel even more like a true Marvel comic book. Chris Claremont is an excellent writer. The back cover states that the story was expertly crafted. I definitely agree.
This is the classic book of the whole collection of Pocketbooks I've read. I came into the X-Men through the classic 1990's TV show and lots of the stories in these pocketbooks where used in the series so its great to read the originals. Running throughout this book in the background is Jean Grays manipulation into the Dark Phoenix while other stories take up the action. The first being the Proteus story which is very weird and very cool at the same time. Its very psychedelic and twisted and much Darker than the TV series and Proteus actually murders people and completely distorts all reality around him into a mess. Also the introduction of The Hellfire Club and its manipulation of Jean Gray. Then we have of course the Dark Phoenix story which is just amazing and I cant describe all the horror, action, romance, tragedy and ultimate sacrifice of this story its just amazing. The chapters are below
Theres Something Wicken On Muir Island How Sharper Than A Serpents Tooth The Quality Of Hatred The Action Of The Tiger God Spare The Child Dazzler Run For Your Life And Hellfire Is Their Name Wolverine: Alone Too Late, The Heroes Dark Phoenix Child Of Light And Darkness Dark Phoenix (its called this twice in the chapter heading in the books and isn't a mistake as far as I can tell)