Special guests, Kathleen Wisneski and Jim Sliney, Jr. talk all things Jean Grey and Phoenix. The “Dark Phoenix Saga” is an X-Men story arc that featured the introductions of:

This episode of the ComicsVerse Podcast explores Jean Grey’s descent into madness in “Dark Phoenix Saga.” Most of all, what makes this story arc so tragic is Jean’s internal struggle between the near goddess she’s become and mother figure to the X-Men she once was.

Why the “Dark Phoenix Saga?”

First of all, X-MEN: THE DARK PHOENIX SAGA is one of the gems of the comic book medium. While singlehandedly inventing “the comic book death” trope, X-Man Jean Grey becomes the most powerful mutant who ever lived after she seems to have been possessed by a cosmic entity. Writer, Chris Claremont, who’s commitment to giving a platform to women and minorities, hence transformed Jean Grey into the Phoenix. Comics scholars describe Jean’s transformation as a clear response to the second wave feminist movement concluding in the United States of America at the time.

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Another noteworthy element of “Dark Phoenix Saga” is that it takes place almost all over the map. From Muir Island to Chicago to the suburbs of New York City and the depravity of the inner circle of the Hellfire Club, “Dark Phoenix Saga” seems jam-packed with fun, incredible writing due to Chris Claremont while John Byrne shines as the artist in some of his best work. The conclusion is so provocative, you’ll be contemplating it for weeks as a result of reading it.

In addition to the first appearances of future major X-Men players, another virtue of “Dark Phoenix Saga” is how it perfectly features an ensemble cast where every character has their shining moment. The X-Men roster consists of Cyclops, Storm, Nightcrawler, Jean Grey as Phoenix, Colossus, and Wolverine. As if anything could make “Dark Phoenix Saga” more epic, there are cameos from Angel, Beast, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and Lilandra and the Shi’Ar Empire.

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