Issue starts with Tony explaining how and why the Phoenix Force is here, and affected by Wanda Maximoff. Wanda’s chaos magic is a ying to the Phoenix Force’s yang of control. Then, he explains how exactly Hope will bring forth a win. It cuts to the battle that started in the last issue, and then back to roughly 72 hours prior for a bit to give us a bit of back story. The issue then gets all action oriented by showing Hulk and Thor get punched half way across the globe. And Cap, seemingly arriving to give the Avengers one last push. With Cyclops easily beating them, Nova helps ground him, where some hope comes from the tag team of Hope, and Wanda who eventually beat him. As he falls, the Phoenix Force finds its intended Host, who seems to be in total control and is fixing the destruction made by Cyclops. When she comes back (she moves very fast), she announces to her onlookers that she is the Phoenix, and Wanda informs her that’s not why she was chosen. She tells Hope that she’s the only one willing and able to deny the Phoenix a host vessel and in doing so, she does what she is most famous for doing. No more Phoenix. And just like that, the battle is over. Now most of the X-men’s prominent members are on the run, and Cap.A believes it’s time for a new set of Avengers, something a little more uncanny. Meanwhile, Cyclops has been arrested, and currently in prison. The end. For now.
First and foremost, I want to say: this is the Marvel version of Final Crisis. NOTHING REALLY HAPPENED.
I’m sure in later years, this will mean more since there’s “no more Phoenix” and all. But at the end of House of M, there was a CLEAR CUT OUTCOME. This was just, blah, and then “oh yea.. Your fallen comrades are missing and need to be found in case you were wondering, arrested Cyclops”. I’m sorry but for as great as this idea felt, and as hyped as it was, and for how great this started, it failed. This was a series of arcs to get here, and Hope Summers seemed fated to be this WICKED character, and all the writers as a team blew it. The art and panel work was good, but for the most part, I’m ashamed Marvel produced this.
In case you were wondering how it’s like final crisis, the heroes win by having Superman find this “wish maker” machine, that literally creates what ever you wish for. He wished for a happy ending–No more Phoenix, who really hasn’t been a thing of prominence since the Dark Phoenix saga with Jean Grey, so it just felt lame. Since “Civil War”, these arcs have been pointless, or poorly handled. This again is why I call it similar to Final Crisis. Anyway, I’m done rambling..
- Overall rating of the comic: 2.5 out of 5
- Art: 3 out of 5
- layout*: 5 out of 5
- True to character dialogue: 2 out of 5
- Story: 1 out of 5
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THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!
– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW