PHOENIX RESURRECTION #1
Written by: Matthew Rosenberg
Art by: Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, Rachelle Rosenberg, Travis Lanham, Jay Bowen, & Anthony Gambino
Published by: Marvel Comics
What it’s all about…
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! less
What I thought about it…
Jean Grey coming back from the dead is not new to comics, it’s happened at least twice that I can remember, and there have been plenty of false flags over the years since her last demise. But I have to give Marvel Comics some credit, because this time Jean stayed dead for about 15 years, which in comic is an eternity.
Now, when I first heard about Phoenix Resurrection limited series, I was a little apprehensive. Not about Jean Grey coming back, I’m glad the real deal is back because she’s sorely missed. No, what worried me about Resurrection was putting down $4.99 an issue for another X-Men event that wouldn’t live up to the hype. However, I have to say that I was pleasantly pleased with Phoenix Resurrection #1.
Although we don’t get a ton of answers yet, I did enjoy how the story was set up. In this issue, a lot of strange things start happening around the world, so the X-Men decide to Split into three teams. Things of course don’t go as planned and their missions culminate with a bright red specter covering the sky.
One of the best things about this issue was seeing the X-Men split into teams. I can’t remember the last time all these mutants were together like this. Phoenix Resurrection #1 felt like an X-Men comic from yesteryear, and that’s a very good thing. Writer Matthew Rosenberg has the characters personalities down pat, and he even inserts a little bit of humor despite what the X-Men are dealing with.
Leinil Francis Yu always delivers great art, even though his style has evolved dramatically since his debut in the late 1990’s. But his work on Phoenix Resurrection #1 is reminiscent of his early stuff on Wolverine way back when. Sadly, this is 2018 Marvel, and that means he won’t stick around for the rest of the series.
So far this story is a weird one, but that’s what I like best about it. This is one cool X-Men issue, the kind the regular books don’t have anymore. The table has been set brilliantly by Matthew Rosenberg and Leinil Francis Yu. Now I can only hope that the rest of this weekly five issue series lives up to the greatness of the first issue. If they do, this series will be one hell of a ride.
Phoenix Resurrection #1 score: A