Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Dale Keown
Inks by Scott Hanna
Colors by Jason Keith
Letters by Cory Petit
The Rundown: The Phoenix is born and must make her way in a hard and deadly world.
A baby is born a million years in the past. Her red hair makes her a threat to her people and she is left for dead in a burned grave. Fortunately, she does not die and is rescued by a pack of wolves who raise her as one of their own. Years later, she returns to the spot she was left in and discovers that there are others like her including one who can communicate with her through her mind. She joins a new tribe and quickly discovers that she has powers no one else possesses.
When the tribes who abandoned their “different” children came hunting for them, Highwalker attempts to reason with them and assuage their fears, but the fire burning inside the red haired child continues to grow and she lashes out in fear and rage. An act that will shatter her seemingly peaceful world. An act that will lead to tragedy. An act that will also attract a force looking for a suitable host.
The Story: Jason Aaron takes the story back to the past and crafts one that is both interesting and engaging because of its character focus. The story is rich and its character is charming in her evolution. Something that is evident in her narration throughout the issue. I enjoyed the humanity of the character and how her experiences not only shape her, but drive her as well.
The Art: Dale Keown delivers some beautiful art in this issue. With the story being so character driven, Keown is able to focus on character details, but not at the expense of the lush landscapes and backgrounds.