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X-Men: Phoenix Rising Hardcover – Jun 24 2009

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (June 24 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785139486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785139485
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.6 x 26.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,184,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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John Byrne, originally from Dublin, Ireland, is one of Britain's top cartoonists, comedy writers and stand-up comedians with wide-ranging experience in performance, production and the teaching of creative skills. He is currently the resident artist on Nickelodeon TV (UK), drawing live and unscripted, and often with "art materials" that include everything from sausages to toothbrushes to TV presenters with luminous paint in their hair. He has a six year-old son Pearse, is married to Fumi, and has a house full of teen in-laws (who he loves dearly especially since realizing the importance of babysitters!).

Chris Claremont is one of the bestselling comic writers in the world. He wrote The Uncanny X-Men for seventeen years as well as the novelization of the movie X-Men 2. He has been the co-creator of several top-selling series for Marvel Comics, including Excalibur, Wolverine, New Mutants, and, in the United Kingdom, Captain Britain. He wrote the Star Trek twenty-fifth-anniversary graphic novel Debt of Honor and a Next Generation sequel, Cry, Vengeance, for DC Comics, as well as" "Alien/Predator: The Deadliest of Species for Dark Horse. His debut novel was Firstflight, the story of a young female astronaut in the twenty-first century, to which he wrote two sequels, Grounded and Sundowner. He collaborated with George Lucas on three novels in The Chronicles of the Shadow War, and has delved into fantasy with the publication of Dragon Moon, a dark fantasy novel co-authored with his wife, Beth Fleisher. The couple lives in Brooklyn with their two children. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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Format: Paperback
Jean should have stayed dead. If you read the original stories after she became Phoenix there were many things that she still did as Jean Grey that meant a great deal. Her and Wolverine had an odd relationship together as he grew to love her and she grew closer to Scott (Cyclops). She formed a psionic rapport with Scott where they could keep in constant touch and share their love for one another. They had adventures and the newer team members (at the time) became closer to Jean and fought side by side with her. She sacrificed herself in issue #137 of the Uncanny X-Men and the readers really felt an emotional loss. She had been someone we and the new X-Men came to know and care about. The whole Phoenix Rising storyline and Jean coming back just cheated everyone of that investment in her character. It wasn't really her that we were caring for and blah blah blah. That's a bunch of crap because some of those stories from issue #101 (1st Phoenix) to issue #137 (death of Phoenix) were the best in Marvel history. Jean, the person, was a big part of those stories and saying that it was not really her is just the biggest farce that a comic series has ever pulled. I know that a lot of characters die and then come back but her death was so well done and played out and led to many other things (Scott leaving, team remorse, etc...) that bringing her back just really left me feeling cheated. Basically it means Wolverine didn't really love Jean, but some clone or piece of her or whatever. That's just dumb. This all leads up to the Inferno storyline that was dismal. A very weak conclusion to Mr. Sinister/Jean Grey/Madelyne Pryor storyline. It was a poor poor poor (have i mentioned poor?) decision to raise Jean from the dead.Read more ›
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To many, this is the story that ruined the X-Men. That is understandable. To many, the classic death of Jean Grey/Phoenix on the moon at the end of the "Dark Phoenix Saga" is not something to be tampered with. Therefore, when Marvel decided to resurrect Jean for the formation of X-Factor in the mid-1980s, many felt cheated. They felt that this story cheapened the original "death". For me, I'm glad that Jean is alive again (although she's dead again in the recent Grant Morrison X-Men run, I was told!). I felt that this story opened up so many story possibilities - especially the emotional tug-of-war that Cyclops, then married to Jean-lookalike, Madelyne Pryor, had to face.
The problem with many comic fans is that they can't seem to see beyond the "scandal" or "controversy". For example, the Batman story, "A Death in the Family". Everytime you hear fans discussing that storyline, they have to bring in the controversial decision that D.C. made at that time to set up a 1-800 number for people to call in voting whether to let Robin live or die. Seeing beyond that little piece of marketing ploy, the story by Jim Starlin and Jim Aparo is pretty tight and solid. Same thing here. Jean Grey lives. The Phoenix entity that died on the moon was a different person altogether (therefore, Jean is not guilty of the crimes committed by Dark Phoenix). If the fans would just take time to examine the story carefully, they would find this a solid book to begin with.
Firstly, we have the issue from Avengers wherein the cocoon holding Jean underwater is found. The fans also screamed when they discovered this - Jean's resurrection taking place in "Avengers" rather than "Uncanny X-Men".
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