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One of the most heart-wrenching stories of all time the death of Jean Grey, the member of the X-Men known as Phoenix. This comics milestone was forever etched in the minds of comics readers everywhere. And then the unthinkable happened. Jean Grey was alive How did this popular X-Men character cheat death? More importantly, how did the individual creators construct a story One of the most heart-wrenching stories of all time the death of Jean Grey, the member of the X-Men known as Phoenix. This comics milestone was forever etched in the minds of comics readers everywhere. And then the unthinkable happened. Jean Grey was alive How did this popular X-Men character cheat death? More importantly, how did the individual creators construct a story that would violate one of the best remembered tales of all time without leaving fans feeling they'd been cheated? Find out in the unforgettable X-Men: Phoenix Rising, a story which reunited the original X-Men for the first time In numerous years and set them screaming on a course toward even greater heights.


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One of the most heart-wrenching stories of all time the death of Jean Grey, the member of the X-Men known as Phoenix. This comics milestone was forever etched in the minds of comics readers everywhere. And then the unthinkable happened. Jean Grey was alive How did this popular X-Men character cheat death? More importantly, how did the individual creators construct a story One of the most heart-wrenching stories of all time the death of Jean Grey, the member of the X-Men known as Phoenix. This comics milestone was forever etched in the minds of comics readers everywhere. And then the unthinkable happened. Jean Grey was alive How did this popular X-Men character cheat death? More importantly, how did the individual creators construct a story that would violate one of the best remembered tales of all time without leaving fans feeling they'd been cheated? Find out in the unforgettable X-Men: Phoenix Rising, a story which reunited the original X-Men for the first time In numerous years and set them screaming on a course toward even greater heights.

30 review for X-Men: Phoenix Rising

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    A decent to good coverage (it's multiple tales) of Jean Grey and how she was lost and then came back as the Phoenix. It's an older comic so graded on a curve. OVERALL GRADE: B minus.

  2. 4 out of 5

    David

    Never cared much for this story as the time of publication but I'm very into it right now. Loving it. Have plunged right into the Essential X-Factor collection that follows. Can't believe there are no full color collected editions of these early X-Factor issues. Not even available singly online either. So, it's black and white reprints for me. How's that for dedication and love?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jay DeMoir

    Thoughts: not a strong edition. Jean is back. Poor Maddie Pryor

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    X-Men: Phoenix Rising is kind of hard to rate since it’s a mix of issues from different series from different decades. Some of the issues are a lot stronger than others and it never quite finds its tone as a single volume. At times there is a surprising amount of sexism even for its time; Jean Grey is referred to as a “waif” at one point (not sure if meant to be ok because a butler says it) and even the Invisible Woman undermines her. Rather disappointing. There are also some strange panel decis X-Men: Phoenix Rising is kind of hard to rate since it’s a mix of issues from different series from different decades. Some of the issues are a lot stronger than others and it never quite finds its tone as a single volume. At times there is a surprising amount of sexism even for its time; Jean Grey is referred to as a “waif” at one point (not sure if meant to be ok because a butler says it) and even the Invisible Woman undermines her. Rather disappointing. There are also some strange panel decisions, some unintentional, such as an unfortunate hand placement which makes it appear as though Jean Grey is giving Cyclops a hand-job mid-argument. Some not so unintentional, such as She-Hulk’s butt cheek taking up half a panel. On the plus side, there is one stand out chapter which would warrant a five star review on its own. “Greater Love Hath No X-Man” #8 from the Classic X-Men series documents Jean Grey’s heroic sacrifice, doing so with remarkable pathos. Phoenix Rising deserves to be read for this chapter alone. ”Greater Love Hath No X-Man” shows Marvel at its best, with pure storytelling which gets to the heart of its characters. Although at time a bit hit and miss Phoenix Rising is worth a read for any X-Men fan. Heck, if nothing else, it’s nice to have a female Christ figure for once.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    I'd already read most of the issues in this trade, but was glad to finish off the whole thing. It was good to finally read the whole story of Jean Grey's first comeback from the dead. At least here the art has a very legitimate reason to be inconsistent, what with the story taking place over the course of three issues in three different titles. It also helps the artists in question are as top-shelf as John Byrne and John Buscema (with my all-time favorite inker Tom Palmer working over Buscema). I'd already read most of the issues in this trade, but was glad to finish off the whole thing. It was good to finally read the whole story of Jean Grey's first comeback from the dead. At least here the art has a very legitimate reason to be inconsistent, what with the story taking place over the course of three issues in three different titles. It also helps the artists in question are as top-shelf as John Byrne and John Buscema (with my all-time favorite inker Tom Palmer working over Buscema). Jackson Guice (at least back then) wasn't bad, but certainly not as good. The story itself hits all the right notes for bringing Jean back to the people who would care the most, the other original X-Men. It's also telling to foreshadow how two people in the X-Men's world (Maddy Pryor and Cameron Hodge) would have a much more sinister role in their lives. All in all, a good mid-80s Marvel storyline. That said, the introduction by Kurt Busiek is certainly worth it too as he describes his role in bringing Jean back from the dead.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mont'ster

    A nice trip down memory lane with some old friends. ...much of what i like about this book falls under the category of "spoiler" so i'll only say this: If you like the X Men or good comics (or just good storytelling in general) then you should read this book. It neatly wraps up the "Phoenix" story arcs and introduces a new chapter in the lives of the original X-Men as they continue to battle prejudice. Of course Marvel's books in the "X family" (mutants with an "X Factor" in their DNA) are popular A nice trip down memory lane with some old friends. ...much of what i like about this book falls under the category of "spoiler" so i'll only say this: If you like the X Men or good comics (or just good storytelling in general) then you should read this book. It neatly wraps up the "Phoenix" story arcs and introduces a new chapter in the lives of the original X-Men as they continue to battle prejudice. Of course Marvel's books in the "X family" (mutants with an "X Factor" in their DNA) are popular with teens - they've got all the [well written] themes of "needing to belong" and "finding yourself" that we all struggle with. But more than that, you'll find understated commentary on the bigger tensions of our day - race, class and what does it mean to be an American. Relevant social commentary without being preachy. These are from the 1990's. Back then Marvel wasn't as heavy-handed and obvious on politics.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Peggy Lo

    Despite the whole living-dying-living-dying thing with clones and alien beings thrown in, Jean Grey/Phoenix is my favorite character. I've been looking for this story for a while and was glad they finally put it out in trade. It was a good story and only a slight let down because I've been waiting for it for so long that I've built it up in my mind. And they still haven't even begun to deal with the Maddie issue in this collection and I really wanted to see Scott tell Jean about her. alas

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Cleverly done, how they brought back Jean Grey. I had no idea Kurt Busiek came up with the premise. I like how it crossed over with the Avengers and Fantastic Four as well. Marvel at its best.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Marco

    The return and resurrection of Jean Grey. Back then that was a big deal and worth a crossover by some of Marvel's best writers. (Not an "event", a crossover.) I own all but one of the X-Men Classics back-up stories as single issues, including the Marvel Age content. But it has been thirty years or longer since I've read any of this. Still, I remembered most of the content, which still holds up today. (That said, the original X-Factor team concept was not exactly inspired even then...) What I had n The return and resurrection of Jean Grey. Back then that was a big deal and worth a crossover by some of Marvel's best writers. (Not an "event", a crossover.) I own all but one of the X-Men Classics back-up stories as single issues, including the Marvel Age content. But it has been thirty years or longer since I've read any of this. Still, I remembered most of the content, which still holds up today. (That said, the original X-Factor team concept was not exactly inspired even then...) What I had not been aware of were a few rewrites by Chris Claremont to John Byrne's Fantastic Four story; changes that Byrne apparently had not been made aware of before publication and which might have led to his leaving the book less that a year later. Anyways, the original scripted pages are also contained in this volume. I thoroughly enjoyed this return to one of the best periods in Marvel Comics history!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Judah Radd

    Ever wonder how Jean Grey/Phoenix comes back to life after The Dark Phoenix Saga? This volume explains it... and that’s it. Nothing else besides that is resolved here. This volume is incomplete.... although the characterization, dialogue and art is top notch. Marvel should release a better, fatter version of this with more story.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Frank

    Ah, the good old days of John Byrne, Roger Stern and Bob Layton doing their thing. It's refreshing to read these stories again, back when political agendas weren't the priority...just fun story telling. The return of Jean Grey was originally suggested by pre-pro comics scribe Kurt Busiek and the house of ideas brought it to fruition.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Matti

    Een belangrijk moment in de geschiedenis van de X-Men en een must-read voor fans.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Clayton Greiman

    The legendary Jean Grey returns to the pages of the X-men, and what should have been a remarkable spectacle of a return is spoiled by a rush into X-Factor. The Avengers lead-in is strained in that it is so far outside the (then) realm of Marvel mythos. This wasn't the modern age of comics in which Avengers and X-men rosters were intermingled; this was a time when the Avengers and X-men barely had any interaction. Thus, the emotional impact of Jean's return is stifled right from the beginning. The The legendary Jean Grey returns to the pages of the X-men, and what should have been a remarkable spectacle of a return is spoiled by a rush into X-Factor. The Avengers lead-in is strained in that it is so far outside the (then) realm of Marvel mythos. This wasn't the modern age of comics in which Avengers and X-men rosters were intermingled; this was a time when the Avengers and X-men barely had any interaction. Thus, the emotional impact of Jean's return is stifled right from the beginning. The strongest arc is John Byrne's contribution in the pages of The Fantastic Four. He was present on the original "Death of Phoenix" storyline, so he nails the character as rightfully confused and on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Then, the entire return is shot to bits by Jean's sudden emergence into X-Factor. By the end of issue one, Jean is back in costume and fighting when she was on the verge of mental collapse one 'issue' ago in the pages of The Fantastic Four. We needed about six solid issues to deal with Jean's initial resurrection; it should have been a summer event arcing across numerous titles. What we received were three discordant issues. The forth and closing tale of this hardback...a classic X-men 'B-side' is absolute rubbish.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Garrett

    Memory lane, man. I guess I was a little obsessive about Phoenix when I first started getting into X-Men; Jean's death is kind of the fulcrum event between the old guard and the new guard (Jean/Kitty) and when I started reading X-Men, I was collecting in two directions - forward and backward. I would read what happened this month, and then get through the crop of old stuff that I picked up at flea markets and backwater comic stores - so I knew Jean was dead before I read the death itself. I even Memory lane, man. I guess I was a little obsessive about Phoenix when I first started getting into X-Men; Jean's death is kind of the fulcrum event between the old guard and the new guard (Jean/Kitty) and when I started reading X-Men, I was collecting in two directions - forward and backward. I would read what happened this month, and then get through the crop of old stuff that I picked up at flea markets and backwater comic stores - so I knew Jean was dead before I read the death itself. I even had the "alternate ending & interviews" issue with John Byrne talking about grapes. This, though - this was current. I was reading FF, Avengers and X-Men when this happened, and the house ads for X-Factor made everyone unreasonably excited. I say all of this to say that I cannot, with any responsible objectivity, evaluate the interior content. I can say that all of the parts of this reveal unfold across four titles, and they're all included here, along with material that came later. Exactly what you need from this collection.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bob

    One of the most moving deaths in comics, Jean Grey in Dark Phoenix Saga, undone in a stupid way & not even in an X-Men book. Avoid like the plague it is One of the most moving deaths in comics, Jean Grey in Dark Phoenix Saga, undone in a stupid way & not even in an X-Men book. Avoid like the plague it is

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nicky

    This is such a great collection of the Phoenix Force mythos. I had read the Dark Phoenix Saga, and wanted to read what happened after. Eventually I want to read all of the X-Men collection, but in the meantime this book was more than enough to blow my mind and find new reasons why I love Jean Grey and why I'm obsessed with the X-'verse.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Heine

    Getting through this one almost felt like work. Although I'm aware of the significance of the event, within the universe in which it takes place, it felt every bit as old as it is. Some portion of the blame should perhaps fall to the editors of today, who felt that random issues of various series makes a good trade.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Suge

    This was a brilliant, yet controversial story. Sure, Jean Grey has already been killed but in some bizarre twist of faith, she is resurrected and tries to pick up where she left off. This causes problems for Cyclops and the other X-Men as well. I don't know whether I disliked this one or loved it. The ending was a bit sad and left me wondering but the overall story was not too bad.

  19. 4 out of 5

    J.M. Guillemette

    Jean Grey alive? Find out what happened to her after the infamous Dark Phoenix Saga. What a great collection of comics.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sinclair Duncan-Mercer

    Love this so much, the return of Jean Grey, what more does one need?

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Of Jean Grey and the Phoenix. The tale of how Jean Grey became the Phoenix, who/what the Phoenix is and the reappearance of jean after everyone though she was dead.

  22. 4 out of 5

    William Fuentes

    X-Men!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Krista Ivy

    Jean Grey is back, but is it really her? How will the ex x-men react?

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    rebirth of Jean Grey. This was back when they had a lot of dialog that you do not see in contemporary comics.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Karla

    Would have given this 5 stars, except that it ends in a very odd place. And I can't figure out where/if the story is continued in another book!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Ledrew

  27. 4 out of 5

    Luigia

  28. 4 out of 5

    Francesca Lucy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Daniel M.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Steve

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