The Essential X-Men, Volume 2
(black & white collection reprinting
two years of X-Men history,
including "The Dark Phoenix Saga")
X-Men — Dark Phoenix (1991 trade)
The Dark Phoenix Saga
(original 1980s trade)
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Last month, the Comic Club delved into Marvel Comics by reading The Sentry. This month, we're going back a few years to read one of the all-time classics from the House of Ideas. By popular demand, it's time to read Chris Claremont and John Byrne's super-hero epic, The Dark Phoenix Saga.
Most comics readers have a passing familiarity with Dark Phoenix — even if they've never read the original stories. Jean Grey's transformation from sweet, super-powered girl next door to power-mad destroyer of worlds has been the key element of the X-Men mythos for the past 20 years. It's near-impossible to read an X-Men story without catching a reference to it, and "Dark Phoenix" has become synonymous with the axiom, "Power corrupts."
With the popularity of Dark Phoenix in mind, we're inviting everyone to join us for this month's Comic Club meeting. If you've been meaning to ask about Comic Club (or maybe drop in on one of our monthly meetings as a guest), here's your chance to do it without disrupting your weekly schedule:
This month only, we're having our Comic Club meeting at 7:30pm Wednesday (November 3) instead of Thursday. No special trip to check us out — just walk back to the H&D Game Room after you pick up your weekly comics on Wednesday, and we'll be there! Look for our friendly Comic Club reps, who'll be passing out refreshments and stirring up scintillating conversation about Dark Phoenix!
This month's reading is available in several formats. "The Dark Phoenix Saga" originally ran in Uncanny X-Men # 129-136, and those issues have been collected several times over the last 20 years. The current edition is Marvel Legends: X-Men — The Dark Phoenix Saga. There's no introduction or afterword in this bare-bones trade, but it does feature the complete, unabbreviated original issues — presented on high-quality glossy paper that really brings out the best in the art. Comics have never looked better!
Marvel Legends: X-Men — The Dark Phoenix Saga is available now with a retail price of $19.95. BUT — Comic Club members pay only $15.96 when they flash their membership card at the register.
Or, if you'd prefer to get a whole two years' worth of X-Men, you can opt for The Essential X-Men, Volume 2. This massive trade paperback is printed in black-and-white on newsprint, but it includes every single panel of art from Uncanny X-Men # 120 to # 144! In addition to "The Dark Phoenix Saga," you get several issues of build-up and a whole year of follow-up, leading you into lots of other X-Men sagas. If you already know you like the X-Men, this is a great buy — and you can use your HDCC Membership Discount to save 20% on it, to boot!
The Essential X-Men, Volume 2 is only $14.95. Flashing your card on this one gets you two years' worth of X-Men stories for only $11.96! (Aren't these Essential trade paperbacks great?)
Comic Club members save 20% on all graphic novel purchases at H&D (not just Comic Club selections)!
Determined to sort out all the confusing continuity surrounding Jean Grey and the Phoenix? You'll find no shortage of resources on the web, like these:
C. Nathan Coyle's Rambles review of "The Dark Phoenix Saga"
Lots o' Fanlisting fan sites
Previous Comics of the Month:
|October 2004 |||The Sentry|
|September 2004 |||League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume II|
|August 2004 |||The Complete Peanuts, Volume One: 1950-1952|
|July 2004 |||The Filth|
|June 2004 |||Marvels|
|May 2004 |||Batman: The Dark Knight Returns|
|April 2004 |||Hellboy: Seed of Destruction
Hellboy: The Corpse
|March 2004 |||Superman Past and Present:
Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
Man of Steel
|February 2004 |||Torso|
|January 2004 |||Sgt. Rock: Between Hell and a Hard Place|
|December 2003 |||Kingdom Come|
November 2003 |
|Batman: Arkham Asylum|
|October 2003 |||Vault of Horror, Volumes 1 and 2|
|September 2003 |||Blankets|
|August 2003 |||Sin City, Volume 1|
|July 2003 |||Astro City: Life in the Big City|
|June 2003 |||The Golden Age|
|May 2003 |||League of Extraordinary Gentlemen|