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Review: Phoenix Resurrection #3

For the first three issues of Phoenix Resurrection, the same teaser text has been used. Ironically, that repetitiveness feels like it exemplifies this event which, while not bad, has some serious pacing issues.

Phoenix Resurrection #3 continues the mystery and search for the Phoenix which is believed to be behind weird phenomena. Meanwhile, the strangeness has been upped a level in Jean’s world as she’s being haunted by the Phoenix. That sound familiar? Because that was the first two issues as well.

While not bad, the first three issues of this event has been rather slow and boring. Writer Matthew Rosenberg has been building the anticipation but scenes feel like they’re played out multiple times and really, not a whole lot has happened. The comic has everyone running around trying to figure out what’s going on but now a new psychic is pulled in to help the X-Men out and they’re pointed in a new direction.

The art for the third issue is by Joe Bennett. While all three issues have had similar styles it feels odd to have such a high profile comic have so many different artists. This isn’t Bennett’s fault, it’s just an odd choice. The characters look solid and environments interesting but as a whole there’s nothing here as far as art that makes me say “wow.”

It’s an issue of building and while that’ll work when read in one sitting, it doesn’t as individual issues. One wonders how this would have read if it was released all at once as a graphic novel. While I’m still reading the event to see where it goes, I generally feel like I haven’t missed much up to this point. Some editing to speed up the pacing would have absolutely helped the first three issues and it should be interesting to see how the rest of the series goes but so far this is greater hype than entertainment.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Joe Bennett Cover: Victor Hugo
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review