Greg Pak, Greg Land, Matt Ryan
Welcome to a whole new adventure with… X-Men! The Phoenix force is right back at it again and she wants some L-O-V-E. Emma better watch yo back as she’s coming for ya!
I remember reading this some time ago during my teen years but
warrants a second reading or a “re:view” (wink wink) especially after seeing it
going for £4 for the set at Gosh! So yeah, the Phoenix is let go by some Shi’ar
lackies in an attempt to destroy it once and for all. That’s going to end so
well. It’s here that the Phoenix has a conscience rather than a conjoined conscience
in Jean’s mind. It’s different and sheds a whole different light on the Dark
Phoenix Saga which holds such a place in my heart and is referenced in the past
with the psychic link between Jean and Scott.
I mean this is a 5 issue mini-series but a hell of a lot
happens. It does well to juggle the different characters coming together as
well as providing a huge amount of breathing space to develop the mind behind
the Phoenix force. Some get their moments but I feel like at the expense of
other characters getting short-changed like the pain Wolverine goes through to
repeatedly attempt to kill off the Phoenix and the sha-blam moment for Storm
taking down the Shi’ar transport plane in all her splendor, whereas Colossus
and Kitty get subpar which was disappointing. They all play a part in being
Jean’s family and Colossus deserves to be there for her more than anyone else, and Kitty gets one-liners here and there which don’t seem to make any impact on the
overarching scheme of the story.
I had an “oh snap” moment with the return of Quentin. There’s
an interesting conversation to be had about the ethics and morality in doing
such a thing but I guess we have witnessed an evil Beast in the past (or future
however you want to put it). I quickly worked through the 5 issues. What’s more,
I would have loved to see how Emma and the Phoenix feel when they’re occupied
together but I can see Emma relishing the moment and umm... relishing more than
a moment with Scott.
There were so many Jean and Phoenix moments when she exclaims “I am you” when she rips the Phoenix out of Emma. Giving me that Heathcliff and Catherine vibe that they belong together but are not good for each other. I mean if only Jean can see the future as the Phoenix Force has been around the block quite a few times. The other moment was when Emma projected the minds of everyone to say that they love her. All you need is little bit of love. I live, girl, I live!