Writer Chris Claremont and illustrator John Byrne are the creative team behind one of the most important and influential comic storylines in Marvel’s history. The plot centers on Jean Grey’s transformation into the Dark Phoenix, a being of god-like power with the potential to destroy the universe. Jean Grey’s true power starts to emerge and it’s too much for her to handle. Cyclops agonizes as the woman that he loves becomes a threat to the entire universe, and he must lead the X-Men in a fight to defeat one of their own. The basic storyline was ripped off and butchered in X-Men: The Last Stand. The comic is obviously better and also involves the corrupt and evil Hellfire Club, as well as a cosmic battle between the X-Men and the Shi’ar Imperial Guard over the fate of Jean Grey/the entire universe. Not only is it considered a classic; it also introduced readers to the Dazzler and a young Kitty Pride. There are a lot of X-Men comics out there; this is a good one to start with.
Critically Rated at 15/17
Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young