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The mysterious and powerful Phoenix Force is life incarnate, and yet it consumes whole worlds in a moment. Its long history with the X-Men is fraught with tragedy... especially concerning one of the most beloved of their number, Jean Grey. What will happen when the Phoenix returns to Earth in search of the one mortal who could ever contain its power... only to find her dea The mysterious and powerful Phoenix Force is life incarnate, and yet it consumes whole worlds in a moment. Its long history with the X-Men is fraught with tragedy... especially concerning one of the most beloved of their number, Jean Grey. What will happen when the Phoenix returns to Earth in search of the one mortal who could ever contain its power... only to find her dead? Collects X-Men: Phoenix -- Endsong #1-5.


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The mysterious and powerful Phoenix Force is life incarnate, and yet it consumes whole worlds in a moment. Its long history with the X-Men is fraught with tragedy... especially concerning one of the most beloved of their number, Jean Grey. What will happen when the Phoenix returns to Earth in search of the one mortal who could ever contain its power... only to find her dea The mysterious and powerful Phoenix Force is life incarnate, and yet it consumes whole worlds in a moment. Its long history with the X-Men is fraught with tragedy... especially concerning one of the most beloved of their number, Jean Grey. What will happen when the Phoenix returns to Earth in search of the one mortal who could ever contain its power... only to find her dead? Collects X-Men: Phoenix -- Endsong #1-5.

30 review for X-Men: Phoenix - Endsong

  1. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    This was pretty cool. A nice goodbye for Jean and Scott. So Jean comes back to life. Nothing new here. But this time we really focus on the Phoenix force. It's unstable life, it's memories, it's odd sense of needing to be a part of something. It's actually pretty interesting and we get to see a lot of character vulnerable in situations we normally don't get. I especially liked Scott and Emma's issues here, but also watching the X-Men work together like Beast and kitty and Logan is all great. The This was pretty cool. A nice goodbye for Jean and Scott. So Jean comes back to life. Nothing new here. But this time we really focus on the Phoenix force. It's unstable life, it's memories, it's odd sense of needing to be a part of something. It's actually pretty interesting and we get to see a lot of character vulnerable in situations we normally don't get. I especially liked Scott and Emma's issues here, but also watching the X-Men work together like Beast and kitty and Logan is all great. They all have to come together to stop the Dark Phoenix from killing 5 million people again. On top of that a return of another mutant might stop them. Good: I really enjoyed a lot of the interactions here. They felt like family, friends, a lot of bitterness, and a lot of heart. The mistakes of the past made them all question things in a interesting way. I also liked the fights, for they made the powers of most people come into full effect and have some great moments. I know a lot of people hate the art but I enjoyed it, and thought it looked pretty solid. Bad: I thought the Shira or whatever they're called were lame. Also, bringing back the Omega Mutant was cool but he felt like just a subplot to draw out the final fight a lot longer. As if he was a afterthought. Overall, I really liked the dialog and pacing here. I also thought the art was good. The story had a few issues but overall a interesting and fun title you can read as a standalone. A 3.5 out of 5.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    Artwork was simply beautiful, and I quite enjoyed the story.

  3. 4 out of 5

    47Time

    This comic looks amazing. The female form rarely looked hotter. Oh, there were male characters too. They were ok, I guess, I wasn't paying attention. The story is nothing to write home about. It features X-Men teaming up against a foe many times stronger than they are and still coming out victorious. But hot damn, that artwork! The Phoenix Force has been reconstituted by a Shi'Ar vessel that intends to then destroy it forever. A small portion of the Phoenix Force survives and returns to Jean Grey This comic looks amazing. The female form rarely looked hotter. Oh, there were male characters too. They were ok, I guess, I wasn't paying attention. The story is nothing to write home about. It features X-Men teaming up against a foe many times stronger than they are and still coming out victorious. But hot damn, that artwork! The Phoenix Force has been reconstituted by a Shi'Ar vessel that intends to then destroy it forever. A small portion of the Phoenix Force survives and returns to Jean Grey, the best candidate, even though she is dead. Cyclops is torn between saving the universe from the Phoenix - again - and saving his first love, Jean Grey. He believes she is still inside the Phoenix, fighting to gain control and offer them a chance to destroy it. Quentin reforms himself and escapes his tank after being awakened by Phoenix. He takes Sophie's death hard and joins Phoenix to bring his love back to life. He becomes a target for the Shi'Ar because of his omega level powers that may draw the Phoenix Force to him. (view spoiler)[An interesting twist happens mid-way through the story. With the Phoenix Force weakened, Emma Frost offers herself as host. Cyclops then throws her and himself in an egg that Beast designed to contain the Phoenix forever. Unfortunately, it still has Quentin as an ally. He frees it and, dare I say it, Emma's version of the Phoenix is even hotter than Jean's. Jean isn't out of the picture yet. She rips the Phoenix from Emma's body, which got me thinking 'here we go again.' The X-Men band together to show Jean that she is loved by her friends far and wide. She gains control of the Phoenix Force as the Shi'Ar detonate their ship to destroy her. (hide spoiler)]

  4. 5 out of 5

    MC

    In the Marvel Comics universe, the Phoenix Force is a primal part of the cosmos that can effect the very fabric of reality. The powers of the Phoenix are such that it is stronger than almost any other being alive. Years ago, the Phoenix possessed an Earth woman, the mutant named Jean Grey. Despite initially doing so for a noble purpose, Phoenix was eventually corrupted, and slaughtered billions of aliens before the combined might of the X-Men and the alien Shi'ar Empire put it down. After being f In the Marvel Comics universe, the Phoenix Force is a primal part of the cosmos that can effect the very fabric of reality. The powers of the Phoenix are such that it is stronger than almost any other being alive. Years ago, the Phoenix possessed an Earth woman, the mutant named Jean Grey. Despite initially doing so for a noble purpose, Phoenix was eventually corrupted, and slaughtered billions of aliens before the combined might of the X-Men and the alien Shi'ar Empire put it down. After being freed of this influence, Jean Grey was happily married, and seemed to have a happy life ahead of her. She tragically would go on to die saving others. Years later, as this comic begins, the Phoenix has been awakened by members of the Shi'ar military who desire to destroy it once and for all before it can cause anymore damage. Phoenix immediately travels to earth to seek the woman who was it's former host, Jean Grey, and the man they both love, Scott Summers (mutant and leader of the X-Men, Cyclops). But Jean is dead, Scott has moved on with the mutant woman Emma Frost, and Phoenix is not pleased... This was a fun romp for me because it really doesn't require a ton of prior knowledge to piece together the plot. The writers made sure to give the reader exactly what they needed to know in the first few pages of each issue. This was good, as sometimes comics can be difficult to get into at first due to the sheer volume of continuity one may need to know in order to understand what is going on. It was interesting to see that, as far as this comic goes, Jean Grey stayed dead. So far in comics, the only characters to stay dead for good are the three who are necessary to a major hero's origin story, i.e., Uncle Ben for Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Thomas and Martha Wayne for Bruce Wayne/Batman. Granted that that statement is a tad simplistic, but still makes the point that most characters do not stay dead in comics. The fact that someone of the importance of Jean Grey has done so for so long is impressive. The best part of the issue, aside from the story was the characterization. To me, this is always an important one. The characters were presented in a very believable way within the confines of the fantastic tale. They interacted in ways that made sense given their personalities. In no way did the characterization seem to change for the story, and thus someone act differently for the sake of plot convenience. Instead, the story and players moved together in sync. This was a great read, and one that I also would suggest as a good starting place for someone interested in reading Marvel comics. Highly Recommended.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nelson

    Re-read this one more time before I read Warsong. I think I liked it just as much this time around, which doesn't really say much. I did like this mini-series, but the art just holds it back so damn much. This is Greg Land at his most Greg Landish. Dude just can't draw bodies and faces to save his life. Everything else is generally fine, but when it comes to expressing emotion, be it via facial expressions or body language, the guy just can't do it. Everything he does just feels so hollow; and f Re-read this one more time before I read Warsong. I think I liked it just as much this time around, which doesn't really say much. I did like this mini-series, but the art just holds it back so damn much. This is Greg Land at his most Greg Landish. Dude just can't draw bodies and faces to save his life. Everything else is generally fine, but when it comes to expressing emotion, be it via facial expressions or body language, the guy just can't do it. Everything he does just feels so hollow; and for an emotional and cathartic story like this, he's the absolute worst choice for an artist. Okay, enough about Greg Land. Let's talk about Greg Pak. Pak does a great job telling a fresh Phoenix story that feels both nostalgic and new. I enjoyed the inclusion of Quentin Quire and the Stepford Cuckoos. It's always a treat seeing them. I enjoyed the development to the Phoenix's personality as a seperate entity. And I enjoyed the further development of Scott and Emma's relationship. Some pretty great concepts here, and a decent execution. Overall, I give this a 7/10. It could be much higher, but Greg Land just shits allover everything he touches, especially during this era of his career.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Strawberry

    This story was quite okay, but I must say that I expected a little more. I love the drama around the Scott/Jean/Logan relationship, but in this case it didn't really work out that well. There were some nice moments, even with Emma, but in the end getting rid of the Phoenix was much too easy (although I liked the idea of showing Jean that there are a lot people who care about her to help her gain control over the Phoenix).

  7. 5 out of 5

    Χρύσα Αναστασίου

    The artwork was amazing but they story didn't really grip me as much as I'd hope it would. I like that I got to see a part of Jean and the Dark Phoenix that I haven't really known that much about and I might read more into it in the future. All in all, I had a good time reading this graphic novel and I don't regret it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dimitra

    I love X-Men. I hate Jean... This one had STUNNING artwork, though! I really enjoyed it, even though I hate the character...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    The Phoenix is returning to Earth in search of a host. Fearing the worst, the X-Men expect that this means one thing and one thing only – the return of Jean Grey. But who else is seeking the Phoenix? Phoenix: Endsong is the much-awaited ‘return of Jean Grey’ story X-Men readers around the world have been expecting ever since her death at the hands of Xorn/Magneto/Xorneto in 2003. Not to put too fine a point on it, I think they might be waiting a while longer. Being a reader of the English Panini r The Phoenix is returning to Earth in search of a host. Fearing the worst, the X-Men expect that this means one thing and one thing only – the return of Jean Grey. But who else is seeking the Phoenix? Phoenix: Endsong is the much-awaited ‘return of Jean Grey’ story X-Men readers around the world have been expecting ever since her death at the hands of Xorn/Magneto/Xorneto in 2003. Not to put too fine a point on it, I think they might be waiting a while longer. Being a reader of the English Panini reprints, I only got to read this one as it was deemed more essential to continuity than the sequel Phoenix: Warsong. I’m not sure why they thought this, for reasons I’ll get into shortly. Sadly, Warsong sounds like the much more interesting one of the two, but I haven't read that yet. The Phoenix returns to Earth, and right on cue, Jean Grey is resurrected. The X-Men try to stop her. Quentin Quire, one of my favourite characters from Grant Morrison’s excellent run on New X-Men, returns with none of the charisma or appeal he had before, and doesn’t really do anything interesting, either. The X-Men chase down Quire and Jean, fight them, stop the Phoenix, and everything works out for the best. The end. I really can’t find much interesting to say about this story for the very simple reason that nothing of interest really happens. It's a good story, and the artwork is gorgeous. And Jean doesn’t return. Which probably isn’t news to anyone up to speed on the current continuity (let’s ignore All-New X-Men for now). Oh, and the fact that Rachel Grey/Summers/whatever spends the entirety of her time in the Uncanny X-Men run whining about how much she misses Jean, and then doesn’t show up at all in this story. Seriously, what the fuck?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Ball

    This was a great X-Men story, made all the better by the fact it plays off storylines and nostalgia from the X-Men of the 1980s and 1990s, and the Phoenix Saga. I haven't kept much up to date with the X-Men for many years, but that didn't matter. For any fans of the classic eras of the X-Men, this is a beautifully written and drawn standalone that is everything an X-Men story should be.

  11. 5 out of 5

    SA

    Ugh, X-Men, why do you hurt me when you try to love me? Also known as "Jean Grey will never ever actually die, even by comic book rules." Best moments: Kitty reaching through the x-jet to touch Colossus as they leave. Emma and Scott starting to get it the fuck on in the egg thing and Kitty's "ewwww."

  12. 4 out of 5

    Drew

    Fantastic artwork and a good storyline. Took me back to when I first read the Phoenix storyline back in the early 80s. Well worth a look.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Karl Kindt

    This "story" is a lame excuse to have Greg Land draw Phoenix, which he does admittedly and exceptionally well.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    Beautiful artwork, and a story with a surprisingly touching ending. I love X-Men, but to be perfectly honest, I haven't enjoyed their comics in years--mostly because of the convoluted, confusing storylines and bad writing. Jean Grey/Phoenix is my favorite character, though, and always has been, so that's why I decided to check this out. I was a little bit confused as to who some of the characters were, as I haven't read in years, but I was able to figure out who they were pretty quickly. Side not Beautiful artwork, and a story with a surprisingly touching ending. I love X-Men, but to be perfectly honest, I haven't enjoyed their comics in years--mostly because of the convoluted, confusing storylines and bad writing. Jean Grey/Phoenix is my favorite character, though, and always has been, so that's why I decided to check this out. I was a little bit confused as to who some of the characters were, as I haven't read in years, but I was able to figure out who they were pretty quickly. Side note: I hate Emma Frost. Always have. But I really hate her in this, particularly due to her petulant pouting whenever Scott thinks of/mentions Jean, as if it's some kind of awful thing for him to miss and still love his wife. I never understood why Emma Frost, The White Queen, one of X-Men's enemies, became an ally and hooked up with Scott. It left a bad taste in my mouth, and not just because I always felt that Scott and Jean belonged together. It was the same thing with Magneto--it made absolutely no sense, to me, to have him turn good and work with the X-Men. I hate this Cyclops; he's a douche and he and Emma deserve each other. The ending of this story, like I said, was surprisingly touching. Until the very last panel, where we're treated to a cliffhanger.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    Another contender for The Worst X-Men book ever created. Greg Pak is usually a wonderful writer. I have no idea what happened to him while he was writing this, whether a family member died, or whether he was grief-stricken to have to work with porn-tracing hack Greg Land, but this book is Awful. The premise, that The Phoenix Force is back and...well, that's pretty much as far as the premise goes, is stupid. The dialog is really strained. The pacing is all over the place. And, of course, Greg Land Another contender for The Worst X-Men book ever created. Greg Pak is usually a wonderful writer. I have no idea what happened to him while he was writing this, whether a family member died, or whether he was grief-stricken to have to work with porn-tracing hack Greg Land, but this book is Awful. The premise, that The Phoenix Force is back and...well, that's pretty much as far as the premise goes, is stupid. The dialog is really strained. The pacing is all over the place. And, of course, Greg Land's art is just the same traced over pornography he's been paid to produce ever since he stopped actually drawing in the 90s. The only reason one should ever read this book is if you're Super Lonely, have a fetish for superheroes getting tuck in the same seven porn poses that Land traces, and you have no access to the internet. Otherwise, any time you see someone pick this book up, you should slap the book out of their hands before it can contaminate their eyes.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ashe Catlin

    The Phoenix comes to earth again but this time the X-men are ready for it. The best part of this was the Scott and Emma moments, the three way love triangle was very well done. This was enjoyable but it feels like it's been done several times before, this is the only Phoenix I've read apart from Avengers vs. X-Men. It just felt like a rinse and repeat for me and I've only see the movies. Hopefully one day I'll find an X-Men story that I can really get into. The art was pretty nice, I know he get The Phoenix comes to earth again but this time the X-men are ready for it. The best part of this was the Scott and Emma moments, the three way love triangle was very well done. This was enjoyable but it feels like it's been done several times before, this is the only Phoenix I've read apart from Avengers vs. X-Men. It just felt like a rinse and repeat for me and I've only see the movies. Hopefully one day I'll find an X-Men story that I can really get into. The art was pretty nice, I know he gets a lot of flack but I quite liked it. The rest of this is filler which is about Jean Grey's trail... if you can call it that. It's not as enjoyable, very dialogue heavy in parts. At least it connected to the main story even though it was a lot older, I hate when Marvel cram old issues into these trades just to make them bigger.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This was a little crazy, I am not familiar with the Phoenix lore. I have not read or know what has happened other than the Phoenix at one point possessed Jean and she killed a bunch of people. With that being said, I really enjoyed reading this. The graphics were pretty and the story was easy to follow. I don't think it is necessary to have read other stories to enjoy this one. looking forward to more Jean and more Phoenix.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    Greg Pak's dialogue is terrible. Greg Land's artwork is just as bad; it looks like it was generated by computers, and the characters do not look how I expect them to look (Cyclops and Wolverine look like they're 20 years old!). What I liked about this is it was short, I read it for free on Comixology Unlimited, and it has the X-Men.

  19. 5 out of 5

    C

    Continuing the great x-read of 2017... 3.5 stars (just couldn't bring myself to give it a full 4) Beautiful art, decent story that occasionally traipses over that line between drama and far too much melodrama (though that is sort of the point with Jean and Scott, isn't it?) The subplots were more interesting to me than the main plot to tell the truth.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ralph Wark

    Excellent! The action never stops here, as Jean is brought back to life by the Phoenix, who we see as a separate entity, longing for....something. An Omega mutant named Quentin escapes and wreaks havoc, Emma Frost becomes the Phoenix, Jean Grey encased in ice, an isolation egg, and all is saved...by love. With a twist at the end. Lots of fun, read it in one sitting.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bekka

    Another fun look into the resurrection of Jean Grey thanks to the Phoenix! Really enjoyed this one as well - it was a good look into how this all affects Jean and the team every time Phoenix comes back. Some things I didn't get, thanks to not having read previous comics, but I managed well enough. Overall, another great X-Men comic!

  22. 4 out of 5

    AGraphicMaduck

    fan of the story and writing... look up greg land, read the stories about how he draws, then go back and look at the comic again, it's juvenile, but I can't help but laugh... I do think the story/writing matches the art (I mean that as a positive)...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jammin Jenny

    I really enjoyed this graphic novel about the X-Men and Jean Gray. She was dead but the Phoenix resurrected her, and the X-Men need to get her under control again and kill her again. Fun installment of the X-Men universe.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ari Cohen

    We all love the X-MEN And this Phoenix story shows why. Emotions rule in Marvel Universe and this story is no exception. No matter how the may stray from those core values they always come back to them.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Doctor Doom

    The Phoenix is aptly named... she rises more times than Jason Voorhees. So "Endsong"? Highly unlikely. Does it seem strange to anyone else that Marvel preaches so much political correctness and yet portrays females in "eye-candy" costumes and poses?

  26. 5 out of 5

    Miss L A J Sargeant

    Short but great read Not much timeline involved as all the events take place over a short period but a great read for any Phoenix saga fan

  27. 5 out of 5

    Julian Thomas-Horning

    Fun plenty of action and the story gives each X-MEN a moment to be the hero.

  28. 5 out of 5

    berfin

    3.5 because i hate scott and emma's relationship (and i hate scott). 4.0 because i love jean grey and i also love emma too but you know,,,, scott.

  29. 4 out of 5

    John

    Milk I need a glass of milk after reading this as it seems like Marvel is just milking off a good story that should have been an end in the 80s.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Brown

    This exciting book brings back the Phoenix & Jean Grey & all the complications that come with that. http://nicolewbrown.blogspot.com/2018...

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