She will return, like a Phoenix from the ashes. Years ago, Jean Grey died and the X-Men mourned her. Since then, the world has changed, her teammates have lived without her and died without her. And now, when strange events start happening all over the world, those teammates can only come to one conclusion – the one true Jean Grey is back!
The build up has been going on for a while now and with Phoenix Resurrection #1 we get the first taste of the how. Written by Matthew Rosenberg, Phoenix Resurrection is a fascinating first issue that’s a lot of mystery. The X-Men are scattered around the world to study phenomena with three teams doing the work. Something is going on with what seems like the dead coming back, but not everything is as it seems.
Rosenberg delivers a solid set up in an opening chapter that feels exactly that. We don’t get explanations, nor should we. Instead, things are teased out at a good pace as everyone attempts to figure out what’s going on. There is so minor issues with a briefing room scene going on a bit too long, but we get a lot packed into the first issue. Rosenberg does a solid job of mixing in a lot of characters and each gets a little bit of a moment. But, not a lot is explained who they are. So, as an intro for new readers, this doesn’t work. For long time X-Men fans, Phoenix Resurrection #1 should get you excited.
Leinil Francis Yu‘s art is fantastic. This isn’t too surprising as Yu is one of Marvel’s best artists. Gerry Alanguilan handles the inks and Rachelle Rosenberg is on colors. All three together create a fantastic visual treat as we’re taken all around the world. Though they’re each very unique locations, each feels like they all fit together and each X-Man looks fantastic, each with their own looks. VC’s Travis Lanham handles the lettering which rounds out the visuals and with a lot of dialogue at parts, lettering is key.
The first issue is a good one. It sets up the mystery well, gives us some action, and has me wanting to see what’s next. I was skeptical going into this but now I’m excited to see where it all goes. When it comes to first issues, you can’t ask for much more.
Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Leinil Francis Yu
Ink: Gerry Alanguilan Color: Rachelle Rosenberg Letters: Travis Lanham
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy
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