Updated on 16 October, 2021
In the April 2021 issue of comic book is the release of Dark Phoenix, written by Brian Bendis. The movie handles several key details of the original Phoenix's development far better (ironically, since both movies were actually written by Simon Kinberg), here s what Dark Phoenix gets correct about the story that X3 did not. Dark Phoenix spoilers ahead.
The first major event of the Dark Phoenix comic is the appearance of a new Dark Phoenix (possibly Rachel Cook). She is an orphan with strange psychic and telepathic powers. The only thing she knows is that she has the ability to control other people's actions, but her true nature as a dark Phoenix killer cannot be understood by most people. She kills anyone she thinks will fall under her influence, and even wants to kill Jean Grey (who she saw in the future and killed her father for). This makes her a new sort of bad person, and also makes her the central figure of this crazy comic.
The second major event is the end of the "Photonesis" era of the X-Men comic books. In this era, the X-Men are no longer run by Professor X, and are instead run by Magneto (the original X-Man). The Phoenix has been thrown into a time warp, so that the entire series can take place in a few months. The Phoenix was essentially the last stand for the X-Men, and would play a huge role in the final showdown between the good guys, Magneto and the evil geneticist Doctor Doom.
The Dark Phoenix Saga comic, written by Kurt Busiek, takes the Phoenix concept and runs with it to the ends of the Earth. The Phoenix was almost completely forgotten after the release of the Ultimate X-Men movie, but now it's finally time to bring it back into the spotlight. While many people have their opinions on how "good" or bad the Phoenix is, I would rather see people give an opinion on how amazing the Phoenix has become. Without the Phoenix, the X-Men would be nothing. It would have been a total waste of all their time.
The main story in The Dark Phoenix Saga comic book storylines begins when Professor X tries to contact the X-Men, but he doesn't have a solution for the crisis. This causes several other X-Men to form an organization called X-nants. These X-nant (X-Men) include Storm, Beast, Psylocke, Beast, and Wolverine. These X-nant are seeking out the original saga comic book storyline, and are aided by X-Men from the past. All the while, a single, seemingly ordinary human is placed in the center of the action.
The Phoenix, along with several other X-Men, attack the Xavier Institute for further information on the Phoenix, and they are followed by Cyclops, Jean Grey, Rogue, Storm, and Wolverine. Wolverine kills Storm, but Psylocke kills Cyclops. After battling and killing Cyclops, Storm is killed, and the X-Men are trapped inside the Phoenix. Finally, the Phoenix absorbs the energy of the Dark Phoenix and becomes a massive X-Gene, taking over the minds and bodies of all of those who were previously implanted with the Phoenix Force.
The Dark Phoenix is written as a fan fiction, and the plot and events within the story have been altered to fit in with the Marvel Universe. Many elements from the comics and films have been incorporated into the story, and the creative team has done a fantastic job of retelling the events of this classic storyline. The Dark Phoenix is an excellent introduction to the wonderful world of Scott Kurtz's and Sean Murphy's fantastic four novels, and is easily the best book in the new X-Men series. Although the Phoenix Saga is not as long as the original X-Men series, it is a very entertaining and powerful installment that will make any fan of this amazing team satisfied.
The Dark Phoenix is written by Kurtzers and Wells, and is the first graphic novel written by these two writers. This gives us a nice little background for them and a glimpse into their world. It also provides a great story that introduces a new character into the Marvel Universe, and lays the groundwork for a fantastic four issues that takes place throughout the second half of the x-men series. If you are new to the comics, or haven't read the original trilogy, I would highly recommend picking up Dark Phoenix. I can tell you from experience that the art is nothing like what you would expect, and the storyline is fantastic. If you love the Phoenix saga, you will love Dark Phoenix, and this is a must buy book for any X-Men fan.