Status Quo in Comics: The Superior Spider-Man and The Death of Damien Wayne

Status Quo in Comics: The Superior Spider-Man and The Death of Damien Wayne

Serialization that gravitates back to the status quo sells its subjects and its audiences short. Without sustaining change in its characters and scenarios, it loses resonance and lowers expectations. Comic creators - and editors - need to have the courage to move their stories forward and try their damnedest to make their changes stick, because without change, there is no drama, and without drama, there is no reason to read.

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Reflections on The Dark Phoenix Saga, Part One

The Dark Phoenix Saga is simply one of the greatest stories ever told in the comic medium. It is a complex narrative with a simple question at its core: will Jean Grey live as a god or die a human? Chris Claremont and John Byrne magnificently executed it over nine issues, and while much has been written about this seminal arc, it is only because there is so much to explore. In this series of postsReflections on the Dark Phoenix Saga, I will analyze each issue of the story, as published in The Uncanny X-Men, from issue #129 to #137. Although I have read my share of X-Men stories and am familiar with the details that lead up to this one, I've not read the issues immediately preceding or following The Dark Phoenix Saga. This isn't a review; it's an exploration of a narrative in an attempt to understand what makes it great.

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