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X-Men: Phoenix Rising [Hardcover]

Roger Stern , John Byrne , Bob Layton , John Buscema , Butch Guice
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June 24 2009 X-Men
She was a mutant. She was a telepath. She was dead. PHOENIX! Now, Jean Grey walks the earth again. How will her friends, her enemies, and her one true love react to the fiery spectacle of Phoenix Rising? Collects Avengers #263, Fantastic Four #286, X-Factor #1, and Classic X-Men #8 & #43.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Return Of Jean Grey Jan. 12 2010
Format:Hardcover
This collection contains Avengers #263, Fantastic Four #286, X-Factor #1 and backup stories from X-Men Classic #8 and #43.

When Jean Grey supposedly dies in X-Men #137, the story had a profound effect upon me as a young comic book reader. On the one hand, I was unhappy that one of the seminal silver-age Marvel characters had died, but given the grandiose circumstances of the story, I learned, over time, to accept the fate that had befallen Marvel Girl.

My original reaction to the story of Jean Grey's resurrection was anger. I thought that it cheapened the noble sacrifice of an X-Man and replaced it with a overly complicated plot device, simply to reunite the original X-Men and launch the reformation of this team in the new series X-Factor.

Re-reading this story now, I have to agree with Kurt Busiek (the progenitor of this plot) when he says, in his introduction to this book, that he "likes the Marvel Universe a little better, knowing that Jean Grey's still walking around in it."

Regardless of how anyone feels about whether "Phoenix Rising" should have been written at all, it's canon now, so if you missed out on how Jean Grey returned from the dead, this a nice hardcover edition for your collection.

And although I usually prefer stories directed by singular creative teams as opposed to ones that sprawl across multiple titles, it's somewhat fitting that the original X-Men's return was handled within the pages of the other two silver-age Marvel team books and the inclusion of John Byrne (and Chris Claremont...although uncredited) added some symmetry to the process.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life and Death the Marvel Way Aug. 17 2010
By S. H. Wells - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Phoenix Rising Premiere classic includes issues Avengers #263, Fantastic Four #286, X-Factor #1, and Classic X-Men #8 & #43 in one great graphic novel.

I bought Phoenix Rising at the same that I bought X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga and together they tell one of the greatest stories of x-men history. While I was already familiary with the Dark Phoenix Saga, I had never read the issues that comprise Phoenix Rising. I do think that readers need to know the Dark Phoenix Saga before reading this book and it helps to know about the X-Men relaunch that was done in Giant-Size X-Men #1 (collected here X-Men: We Are The X-Men TPB )

However, once you have the appropriate background, Phoenix Rising tells a great story-- really a rebirth of two immortal powers. The title entity known as the Jean Grey makes a return after being rediscovered in a cocoon/egg/dormant state. But the rebirth of the original X-Men as "X-Factor" was a much more moving moment for this marvel reader.

Modern readers of the X-men can confidently pick up Phoenix Rising and a few other quality graphic novels and have the most important backstory for their favorite mutants. Older readers of the X-men (like me) may not have ever read these issues. I never followed Marvel's various x-overs especially into titles like the Avengers and Fantastic Four (doing extra chores around the house didn't pay a whole lot back then). Either way, Phoenix Rising will be enjoyed by x-fans new and old.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story to have Dec 8 2012
By Matthew W. Manzo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm glad to have this book because it connects the dots between the original X-Men becoming X-Factor. Also it helped to figure out what happened between Cyclops and his wife.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Phoenix Failure Is More Like It April 21 2013
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This comic was a huge disappointment. The title is basically a lie. She doesn't "rise" in this book, if anything she sits around and reflects on things she's done. This should have been titled "Phoenix Aftermath," or "Phoenix Wrap-Up."

The story is pretty boring and it's pretty much just the clean up after the whole Phoenix saga. It just serves to get Jean Grey back into the Marvel continuity, break up Scott Summers and Madelyn Prior, and get him back with Jean Grey. It also served to remind me why I stopped reading X-Men back in the 90's. Every male on the X-Men/X-Factor/X-Force teams with a pulse wants to sleep with Jean Grey. She's not even that interesting of a character to read about. So why do all these male characters want to get with her? Is it because she's female, has red hair and breasts? I kinda like my characters to have more defining characteristics than, "Ohhh she's hot and has curves!"

The only good parts of this book were the parts where the Fantastic Four and the Avengers show up and interact with Jean Grey. Even then the interesting parts are the Avengers and the Fantastic Four just being there!

I can't recommend this to anyone, give it a pass.
7 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars AVOID!!!! March 21 2011
By Mark Lowe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
All you need to know is that Jean Grey comes back from the dead and Cyclops walks out on his wife and kid, Madelyne and Nathan (who would become Cable). This story completely ruins everything that was created in the Dark Phoenix epic. Read the birth of Phoenix and the Dark Phoenix, but you are better off acting like this part of X-Men lore was never written. If you don't believe me just as the guy who come up with this idea. He will be the first to tell you.
3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Phoenix Failure Is More Like It April 22 2013
By zombie phreak - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This comic was a huge disappointment. The title is basically a lie. She doesn't "rise" in this book, if anything she sits around and reflects on things she's done. This should have been titled "Phoenix Aftermath," or "Phoenix Wrap-Up."

The story is pretty boring and it's pretty much just the clean up after the whole Phoenix saga. It just serves to get Jean Grey back into the Marvel continuity, break up Scott Summers and Madelyn Prior, and get him back with Jean Grey. It also served to remind me why I stopped reading X-Men back in the 90's. Every male on the X-Men/X-Factor/X-Force teams with a pulse wants to sleep with Jean Grey. She's not even that interesting of a character to read about. So why do all these male characters want to get with her? Is it because she's female, has red hair and green eyes? I kinda like my characters to have more defining characteristics than, "Ohhh she's hot!"

Something else that didn't make sense was that on page 44, Wolverine has his old yellow and brown costume on. But then in the VERY NEXT PANEL, he's in his yellow and blue costume with no explanation of why the change happened.

The only good parts of this book were the parts where the Fantastic Four and the Avengers show up and interact with Jean Grey. Even then the interesting parts are the Avengers and the Fantastic Four just being there!

I can't recommend this to anyone, give it a pass.
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