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X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga

(Uncanny X-Men (1963) #129-137)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  15,274 ratings  ·  605 reviews
Gathered together by Professor Charles Xavier to protect a world that fears and hates them, the X-Men had fought many battles, been on adventures that spanned galaxies, grappled enemies of limitless might, but none of this could prepare them for the most shocking struggle they would ever face. One of their own members, Jean Grey, has gained power beyond all comprehension, ...more
Paperback, Uncanny X-Men, 200 pages
Published April 5th 2006 by Marvel Comics (first published 1983)
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Epic moment in The X-Men’s history!

This TPB edition collects the issues #129-137 of “Uncanny X-Men”.

Creative Team:

Writer & Co-Plotter: Chris Claremont

Illustrator & Co-Plotter: John Byrne


During this saga, Dark Phoenix, the X-Men meet new friends along with the return of old allies.

It’s during this saga that we watch the introduction of Kitty Pryde (aka Shadowcat) which became one of the most popular characters in the X-Men along with proud member of Excalibur and e
i have decided that "the x-men" is actually short for "the exposition men". i mean, i know this is a collection of several comic books strung together to make one big fat story,and in order to refresh readers' minds as to what happened a month ago or whatever, it is sometimes necessary to throw in little callbacks to previous escapades, but boy does it end up reading awkwardly: "this is my name. this is your name. remember when we did that?? now we are doing this. why?? in order to facilitate th ...more
May 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Yay! Now I can officially say that I've read X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga! Wheee!


Quintessential is a word I've seen a lot in relation to this story. Yeah. I can see that. This was a pretty major story arc for the X-Men. You know, Jean Grey...Krrrrk *slashes finger across throat*.


Gripping is another word I've seen describing it. *crickets chirping* Hmmm. Yeah, not so much. Yes, I realize that this story is around thirty years old. And yet, somehow that does nothing to make the cheesetastic dia
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is, by far, one of the greatest storylines of Marvel. The Phoenix saga has always held a special place in my heart -all my favorite characters take part of it and the tension! Gosh, simply amazing.

Not only the story has aged beautifully but it also managed to have the same effect as it did back in the 80’s.
Sean Barrs
The purpose of the X-men was completely subverted in this. It was so cool. Their actions are genuine and heroic, but their foes have also manipulated the world into thinking that they are the good guys too. They’ve hidden themselves rather cleverly in their crime, so when the X-men attempt to bring down such a syndicate, it makes them look like the bad guys for a change.

It only took the most minor of manipulations to turn fear and respect into hatred and animosity. And when that’s paired with T
UNPOPULAR OPINION TIME: Fuck all y'all haters, I actually like Dazzler. I somehow forgot this was her debut. People are always like, "Haha Dazzler has the power of disco! How lame! Pfffft!"

Oh yeah, what's your mutation, bro? Fucking nothing? That's what I thought.

First off, THAT SHIT WOULD BE AWESOME. Damn, do you know how much joy you could bring people with that power? You are literally a walking ball of happiness and fun.

"Oh shit, you had a bad day? LET ME PUT ON A FANTASTIC LIGHT SHOW JUST

Mixed feelings for this one. Good reading for diehard Marvel and X-Men fans, but lukewarm for everyone else. While I like Bronze Age DC, I don't think I care for Bronze Age X-Men or Claremont's writing. The closest thing I can compare this to is Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, which is vital and important to the Batman universe, weird and 80s and hated by some. Unlike TDKR, however, which I own and love, this was a chore to read. Also the polar opposite of grim dark.

Let me start with th
Selkie ✦ Queen
Midway through reading this classic Claremont tale, I understood its significance to the X-Men mythology instantly, and I also wondered if it had some kind of impact on the role of the female superheroine in comics back then and today. That's because I consider Jean Grey in this story to be a very empowered representation of what a comic book heroine can become and be undone for at the same time. I would like to try and touch upon that subject matter in this review.

This is quite possibly the mos
This is one of the greatest comic book story arcs ever told.

It has early, rough around the back-hair Wolverine. It has Cyclops at his leadership best. It has Colossus and Nightcrawler and Storm -- the Russian, the German and the African woman -- at their eighties expectation-blowing pomp. It has the Hellfire Club, the Avengers (embodied by Beast) and the Shi'ar. It has Angel and Professor X. And it has Jean Grey - Phoenix - Dark Phoenix.

Did I mention it has Jean Grey - Phoenix - Dark Phoenix? I
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Hands down one of the best Marvel comic stories I've ever read.

The way Claremont brings out each character and piece them together as a team is commendable.
Michael Jandrok
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so the story goes like this……

It all starts in 1976 with the initial Marvel Comics storyline commonly known as “The Phoenix Saga.” (Uncanny X-Men #101-108, 1976–1977) This gave the writers at Marvel a shiny new version of the original Marvel Girl to play with. Renamed as “Phoenix” and endowed with near cosmic levels of power, the new/old character of Jean Grey was forever transformed into a persona that would shape and reshape the X-Men, and the entire Marvel Comics Universe as a whole, for
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For one of the most popular X-Men story lines, I really didn’t know a whole lot of what would happen in the story. Because I knew so little and I was so excited to dive right in, I think I enjoyed the story more than most. I loved the build up, the subtle (and not so subtle) hints at Jean’s growing power (which actually started before the beginning of this collection). I liked the introduction of the Hellfire Club and the conclusion of this long running scheme from one of it's members. However, ...more

To be honest, I actually first heard of the famous “The Dark Phoenix Saga” through an episode of the 90s “X-Men” cartoon series and that was probably my favorite episode of the entire series! Now, I had the opportunity to read this story in its original comic form and I was totally blown away! Chris Claremont had a huge reputation of being the best “X-Men” writer in history and after reading this saga, I am starting to believe that and John Byrne's illustrations clearly define the
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
I'm just going to pretend the last chapter of this nine issue arc didn't happen.

The Dark Phoenix Saga is the first major event of X-men in 80's. This is where Jean Grey go complete haywire and does a whole black swan routine.


This arc is also known for:
※ Dazzler's dazzling debut that dazzled all the dashing devotes. *I'm really sorry for that* She is really cool though!
※ Kitty Pryde debuts here too!
※ X-men's long term adversaries, the Hellfire club makes the
Apr 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x-men, graphic-novels
Dark Phoenix is one of the most popular X-Men storylines, and rightly so, unfortunely, the dialogue and the pacing is super dated, I've never been much of a fan of the comics from the 60s and the 70s because of that very same reason, I find myself skipping a lot of the dialogue, the exposition gets extremely boring, the art on the other hand remains stellar.
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
I liked this because it makes Cyclops a sympathetic character rather than the jerk that he is often portrayed as these days. Also, we have the debut of Kitty Pride and Dazzler, two of my favorite X-men. Finally, the showdown with the Hellfire Club was a lot of fun to read. The only thing that I didn't like so much was the illusions of Wyngarde. It doesn't seem that projecting an illusion into someone's mind would instantly make them lose a grip on reality. There should have been more of a mental ...more
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"This is what makes humanity virtually unique in the cosmos, my friend; this extraordinary capacity for self-sacrifice, this ability to triumph over seemingly insurmountable obstacles if the cause be just, knowing all the while that to do so means certain death."

This is probably, storywise, the best volume I've read in the Marvel universe. Jean Grey has always been my favourite Marvel character, from the moment I first saw her, and this is the one stage that defines her character the most an
L. McCoy
So I just read and reviewed another Jean Grey comic so decided now would be a good time to review this since I haven’t.

What’s it about?
So the main thing in this book is Jean Grey is super powerful and going a bit crazy. By “super powerful” I mean everyone could die because of her so this Phoenix part of her being psychotic... yeah, this won’t end well.

The story is interesting.
The characters are interesting and many of these X-Men are pretty bad-ass.
The art is cool. I know many don’t like o
Chris (The Genre Fiend)
I know, ok? I know this is one of the highest-regarded tales not only in X-canon, but throughout the whole of Marvel's 75-year output. I know it's a formative text that set the bar for writers like Grant Morrison and Joss Whedon to one day leap over (and others like Brian Bendis to limbo under with the skill of Barbados Slim). I know Chris Claremont is a visionary writer, and that the writer-artist tag team he had with John Byrne produced some of the most talked-about-to-this-day graphic literat ...more
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Before I started reading The Dark Phoenix Saga, I expected that I would probably like it for all the usual reasons-- it came highly recommended, it's a classic, it should be required reading for all comics fans, blah blah etc. I was fully expecting to knock it out in a couple hours, give it a solid 3 star rating on here, and then promptly forget about it. Instead, I fell in love with the story, and with Jean Grey, and with the X-Men, and with pretty much everything else about it. Go figure.

Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
I remember reading this in my Ann Arbor comic book store over a decade ago and being so impressed with how well it held up (and I think I was reading it without color!). While it does bear some of the ostensibly negative trademarks of classic comics like frequent recaps of events in the last issue and characters saying/thinking exactly what they're doing/feeling, this actually makes it far more accessible; you can pick this book up with zero knowledge of the X-Men and appreciate its storytelling ...more
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The penultimate X-Men story. The artwork was definitely a sign of the times in which it was written. It also makes me extremely happy that comic book writers have gotten away from using thought-balloons and text boxes explaining the story.
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
The version I read of this had Kitty Pryde's and Dazzler's introductions and those were awesome! Unfortunately, it kind of went downhill from there.

Kitty was super adorable when she first meets Storm. Ororo becomes her hero and she's incredibly brave for a 13 1/2 old girl risking her life to save them. Dazzler is pretty badass in deciding to help them even if she decides being an X-man just isn't for her. Emma Frost made a formidable foe here and it was a solid arc. I'm not entirely sure why th
Oct 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Okay! So Chris Claremont has written all of the X-Men biggies, in terms of stories; Days of Future Past, Apocalypse(I think) and this one! So I will tell you off the bat, I do not like Jean or Cyclops; Jean manipulates Wolverines feelings, and Cyclops, well he's kind of a dick!!! However I did not hate them in this one, I did not love them, or really care but I did not hate them; which is good because this story mostly focuses on Scott and Jean; so props for not making me wanna punch Cyclops! So ...more
Mar 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
The most gripping event in X-men history and some say Marvel's finest moment, when comic book storytelling finally grew up. This is science fiction at its realest and in its purest form, a cautionary tale of how absolute power corrupts absolutely. When love and honor get in the way of lust and greed, the effects are nothing short of earth shattering. Want to know how to make sense of violence? To reconcile life and death? Take a look at The Dark Phoenix Saga and prepare to be transported. This i ...more
Andtruth Danielson
Oct 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
This is THE quintessential Jean Grey story; it operates on a level of new emotional sophistication for Marvel Comics; it is said to be the first depiction of suicide in mainstream superhero comics; it features the introduction of the great Kitty Pryde; and it is fully imbued with that feeling you get when you read something from a bunch of artists who have pulled off something deeper and more exciting than their usual work. But on the other hand, you have to deal with writer Chris Claremont. His ...more
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
A classic not of only X-Men, but of Marvel, and possibly comics in general. That being said, not everything classic shines like the chrome of classic cars. Some of Claremont's dialogue is brutal here. Just like his continual need to discuss the Ruby Quartz that Cyclops needs in his visor, or that Jean can read minds and link people, or things like that. Byrne's art works, though there are a few times it's nothing great, but that is what happens sometimes.
What's really cool to me, is that this bo
Mar 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: comic enthusiasts
Shelves: fiction
The "date read" above is actually my sixth reading of this book. The Dark Phoenix Saga is certainly the most gripping story arc within a major comic continuity. This is pure pulp comic book superhero stuff, but it's never been done better. Particularly astounding are two of the major action set-pieces in the story: Wolverine's rescue of his teammates, and the final confrontation with the Shi'ar Imperial Guard on the Blue Area of the moon. There's little character development, and a simple, deriv ...more
Jesus Saldivia
I reaaaally wanted to like this more, i love Jean Grey and the X-Men are probably my favorite heroes.

It had really great moments but overall it felt kind of underwhelming and rushed, plus, all that exposition, please stop.

I'm giving it a strong 3.5
Jesse A
Fine story but it has to be extra special for me to get past the old school art. Not so much.
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Chris Claremont is a writer of American comic books, best known for his 16-year (1975-1991) stint on Uncanny X-Men, during which the series became one of the comic book industry's most successful properties.

Claremont has written many stories for other publishers including the Star Trek Debt of Honor graphic novel, his creator-owned Sovereign Seven for DC Comics and Aliens vs Predator for Dark Hors

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