A Quote:

"There sit the knights that were so great of hand,
The ladies that were queens of fair green land,
Grown grey and black now, brought unto the dust,
Soiled, without raiment, clad about with sand."
- Algernon Charles Swinburne.

viernes, 2 de agosto de 2019

Review: Uncanny X-Men: Fénix Oscuro

Uncanny X-Men: Fénix Oscuro Uncanny X-Men: Fénix Oscuro by Chris Claremont
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I don't know what to think of this. Legendary? Yes, without doubt. The highest stakes for the X-Men up to that time, and that was a lot to say. If the FF had Galactus, the X-Men got the Phoenix Force as their greatest challenge. But somehow the argument was derived form the FF: a mysterious force from space that changed Jean Grey, but for bad. Then enter the Hellfire club; like the Illuminati but with an inner circle of mutants. Not very different from the Secret Empire, but with an odd fixation for 17th century wardrobes. Then a master of illusion that was helped by evil Emma Frost and they easily overcame one of the most powerful telephats without effort, and in so doing they unleashed a power no one could manage. That was the best part: seeing a real competitor for DC's Dr. Manhattan. And suddenly, the Shi'ar entered, beat to pulp (again) the X-men and... Jean chose her fate.

It was a roller coaster: some great ideas mixed with old tired tropes. It was nice to see them defeated genuinely, but the road to that was very bumpy. In the end, yes, it is a classic. For its time it was revolutionary for sure. But I think it has not aged well.

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