Reflections on the Dark Phoenix Saga, Part Three

Reflections on the Dark Phoenix Saga, Part Three
While part one of the Saga introduced the key players and part two emphasized their entry into unknown territory, part three focuses on the scope of Jean Grey's expanding power. Throughout the issue, we see repeated occurrences of Jean pushing her powers beyond previously assumed physical and moral thresholds. Much of the Saga is a meditation on the corrupting nature of power, and it is here that the slow corruption truly begins.Read More

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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