Phoenix Resurrection #1
Written by Matthew Rosenberg
Art by Leinil Francis Yu
Ink by Gerry Alanguilan
Colors by Rachelle Rosenberg
In New York, two kids come upon a young girl laying in the street with blood seeping from her head. When they approach her, she suddenly wakes up, blood gone and speaking strangely. When the kids move closer, another girl appears and starts manifesting strange powers. Two hours later, Kitty Pryde and her team including Old Man Logan, Colossus, Storm, Nightcrawler and Rachel Summers come on the scene. The two kids are floating in the air surrounded by blood, but they have no wounds and whatever happened, it’s affecting Rachel to the point where Kurt has to take her back to the plane.
Kitty decides to call a meeting with as many members of the X-Men as are available and she has Hank go over the information that they have so far. I really liked the fact that this was like an X-Men APB and everyone showed up for whatever reason. I always enjoy seeing the mutant community come together in these titles. Beast explains that they have been able to track the unique energy signature of whoever affected the kids and that the signature is located in three different locations. Kitty breaks up the mutants into three teams and sends them to the locations to investigate.
Nightcrawler, Magick, Colossus, Kitty, Storm and Jubilee are attacked at the former headquarters of The Hellfire Club. The young X-Men and Rogue take on one of Magneto’s former acolytes in the south of France and Old Man Logan, X-23, Sabertooth, Psylocke, Domino and Warpath face a familiar foe at the North Pole. As the teams fight, something appears in the sky overhead. Something that everyone involved knows is not good. Meanwhile, a young woman named Jean sees the same thing as she takes a break from her job at a local diner. She returns to her job, not really knowing what she saw, but the reader is treated to some truly bizarre circumstances culminating in the reintroduction of some old friends.
So it would appear as if Phoenix isn’t the only person being resurrected in the pages of this series and it looks like this is going to be a wild, emotional ride for fans of the X-Men. It looks like the story is going to be taking some big twists and turns and I like the fact that it isn’t predictable. I find myself wondering what certain things mean in the panels and if they serve the larger story or if they’re just interesting window dressing designed to distract. It’s a testament to the writing and the art that both visually and in the narrative, everything seems on edge and capable of changing at any time. I enjoy that uncertainty and I hope to continue to be kept on my toes as this series continues.
pics courtesy of Comixology