In this series, the Phoenix force is brutally jarred from slumber by Shi'ar determined to destroy it. Because of the brutal attack, the Phoenix is confused, scared, and lonely. Returning to the Xavier Institute in search of Scott, she finds that his heart now belongs to Emma Frost, the White Queen. Hurt by the rejection, both the Phoenix and Jean struggle for control of Jean's mind, body, and soul. Since the Phoenix can end all of creation, or easily destroy the Earth, the X-Men must battle their former teammate.
One of the great strengths of this story is the wonderful characterization. Wolverine's quiet declaration of " I may look tough, Jeannie, but I'm getting tired of killing you" or Cyclops' face covered in tears as he remembers the love he had for his former wife are small examples of the touching, yet powerful moments sprinkled generously throughout this story. It is also not without fast paced, bloody battles.
Another strength is the art! Greg Land's art is breathtaking. The painted, photo-realistic panels are a marvel. I found myself reading this through for the story, then going back to gaze at the art.
There are only two downsides. One- you can only reawaken the Phoenix so many times without it loosing a little meaning and Two- I thought the overall product would have been vastly improved had the last page not been included.
Overall, a very spectacular book which I highly recommend.
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Before you say, "What, another Dark Phoenix story?"--well, on second thought, youcansay that, becausePhoenix: Endsongis indeed another Dark Phoenix story, though maybe the best-looking one yet. In Greg Pak's five-part miniseries, Jean Grey returns to once again test the resolve of those who love her if they can destroy her for the good of the universe. Ultimately, the story doesn't amount to much, but few artists draw women as beautiful as Greg Land does, and if your main interest is seeing Jean Grey and Emma Frost looking as gorgeous as they've ever looked,Phoenix: Endsongis worth the price of admission.--David Horiuchi