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Preview: Phoenix Resurrection: Return of Jean Grey #5

Phoenix Resurrection: Return of Jean Grey #5

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Khoi Pham (CA) Victor Hugo
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 31, 2018
SRP: $4.99

A light in the darkness is not always welcome.

Kitty Pryde, Old Man Logan and Cyclops are leading teams of X-Men all across the globe, chasing events connected to the Phoenix. But with teammates disappearing and familiar enemies returning, the X-Men are fighting a losing battle. Beast doesn’t know how or what shape it will take, but he knows they are running out of time before the Phoenix makes its true presence known.

Meanwhile, a young woman named Jean is starting to go insane in her peaceful, suburban life. Nightmares and daydreams are spilling over into the world and revealing cracks in her reality. Jean’s life and everything in it may just be a facade, but made by who? And why?

Jean needs to escape. The X-Men need to stop the cycle of death the Phoenix brings. Their worlds will violently collide as Jean searches for an opening and the X-Men fight for closure. But when they are brought together, will the X-Men be reunited with their long-lost teammate – or something darker?

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Review: Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey #4

If you’ve been trying to figure out what’s going on for the past three issues, Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey #4 lays it all out there. The reveal by writer Matthew Rosenberg is interesting if a bit too literal. Its taken four issues but we’re finally here.

Unlike last issue, this one feels like there’s actual movement in the story with the X-Men now having an idea as to what’s happening and a better idea as to what to do about that.

There’s some solid moments in the issue as well as some clunkers as Rosenberg is hit and miss in the dialogue. Hellion for instance has a line that had me cringe. Some of the statements by characters just don’t flow well. But, there’s also moments that had me laughing. So, it’s a bit of a mixed bag of an issue when it comes to that.

The art by Ramon Rosanas is decent but not exactly earth shattering. Scenes with Jean in her world and things catching on fire are impressive in a way. There’s a horror tinge to it that is intriguing and the idea and delivery is cool. What’s behind her is burning but when she turns it’s not. It’s a subtle idea but a neat one and looks great on a page. The final panel also hit me with a nice “hell ya” moment.

The issue is better than what we’ve been seeing and it feels like we’re finally getting some movement in things. Moments aren’t wasted here but again some of the dialogue and interactions is a bit stilted and silly. There’s a lot of characters but only a few are the focus. So, it’s overall it’s just ok. But, at least we’re getting somewhere.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Ramon Rosanas Cover Art: Victor Hugo
Color: Rachelle Rosenberg Lettering: Travis Lanham
Story: 7.25 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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

Preview: Phoenix Resurrection #3

Phoenix Resurrection #3

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Joe Bennett (CA) Victor Hugo
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 10, 2018
SRP: $3.99

A light in the darkness is not always welcome.

Kitty Pryde, Old Man Logan and Cyclops are leading teams of X-Men all across the globe, chasing events connected to the Phoenix. But with teammates disappearing and familiar enemies returning, the X-Men are fighting a losing battle. Beast doesn’t know how or what shape it will take, but he knows they are running out of time before the Phoenix makes its true presence known.

Meanwhile, a young woman named Jean is starting to go insane in her peaceful, suburban life. Nightmares and daydreams are spilling over into the world and revealing cracks in her reality. Jean’s life and everything in it may just be a facade, but made by who? And why?

Jean needs to escape. The X-Men need to stop the cycle of death the Phoenix brings. Their worlds will violently collide as Jean searches for an opening and the X-Men fight for closure. But when they are brought together, will the X-Men be reunited with their long-lost teammate – or something darker?

Review: Phoenix Resurrection #2

A light in the darkness is not always welcome.

Kitty Pryde, Old Man Logan and Cyclops are leading teams of X-Men all across the globe, chasing events connected to the Phoenix. But with teammates disappearing and familiar enemies returning, the X-Men are fighting a losing battle. Beast doesn’t know how or what shape it will take, but he knows they are running out of time before the Phoenix makes its true presence known.

Meanwhile, a young woman named Jean is starting to go insane in her peaceful, suburban life. Nightmares and daydreams are spilling over into the world and revealing cracks in her reality. Jean’s life and everything in it may just be a facade, but made by who? And why?

I dug the first issue of Phoenix Resurrection and felt it set up a mystery and was able to balance a massive cast. Phoenix Resurrection #2 though just doubles down on all of that and we get an issue devoted to either folks attempting to figure out what they learned in the first issue or more mystery of Jean and her world. Writer Matthew Rosenberg basically gives us an issue devoted to catching up readers as to what happened in the first. And that, feels like a bit of a waste. There’s little in this second issue that feels vital. There is a little bit that’s new involving Magneto which makes this come off as a half issue worth of story that was just too much to fit in either the first or third. It exists because editing necessitated it so.

The art by Carlos Pacheco is solid with some great depictions of the characters but what really stands out is the subtle details Pacheco adds to Jean’s world. A bent spoon or the use of Multiple Man, it all comes together to add to the weirdness of it all. And, it’s those small details that stand out in the issue as a whole as a lot of the comic is forgettable.

This is a prime example of the decompression in comics storytelling and I’d imagine when it’s all over we’ll see that things could have been edited and the story pace picked up. For a second issue, it takes the momentum of the first and grinds it to a halt.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Carlos Pacheco Cover Art: Victor Hugo
Story: 6.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Connecting Phoenix Variant Covers Showcase Jean Grey’s Adventures!

Phoenix rises again! And Marvel is celebrating with a series of connecting variant covers from Brazilian artist Victor Hugo, who is bringing his spectacular 3D art to the covers of one of Marvel’s most anticipated new series! Staring this January, Hugo’s art will appear on Jean Grey #11 as well as issues #2-5 of Phoenix Resurrection, each variant cover coming together to form a connecting portrait of the X-Men’s beloved mutant.

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the magic with Marvel’s connecting Phoenix variant covers this January!

JEAN GREY #11: PSYCH WAR PART 4: Connecting Cover 1 of 5
Written by DENNIS HOPELESS
Art by VICTOR IBANEZ and ALBERTO ALBURQUERQUE
Cover by DAVID YARDIN
On-Sale 1/31/18

 

PHOENIX RESURRECTION #2 (of 5): Connecting Cover 2 of 5
Written by MATTHEW ROSENBERG
Art by CARLOS PACHECO
Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
On-Sale 1/3/18

 

PHOENIX RESURRECTION #3 (of 5): Connecting Cover 3 of 5
Written by MATTHEW ROSENBERG
Art by JOE BENNETT
Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
On-Sale 1/10/18

 

PHOENIX RESURRECTION #4 (of 5): Connecting Cover 4 of 5
Written by MATTHEW ROSENBERG
Art by RAMON ROSANAS
Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
On-Sale 1/24/18

 

PHOENIX RESURRECTION #5 (of 5): Connecting Cover 5 of 5
Written by MATTHEW ROSENBERG
Art by KHOI PHAM
Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
On-Sale 1/31/18