The Uncanny X-Men The Dark Phoenix Saga
I'm in the process of catching up with some classic X-Men and decided to kick off with one of the 'classic-classics': The Dark Phoenix Saga. Here is the splash:
'Gathered together by Professor Charles Xavier to protect a world that fears and hates them, the X-Men had fought many battles, been on adventures that spanned galaxies, grappled enemies of limitless might, but none of this could prepare them for the most shocking struggle they would ever face. One of their own members, Jean Grey, has gained power beyond all comprehension, and that power has corrupted her absolutely! Now they must decide if the life of the woman they cherish is worth the existence of the entire universe! Collects X-Men #129-137'.
This is classic X-Men in every sense of the word, writing, story and art. It is something else I figured out when I put it down on completion as well. It is a brilliant starting point or casual read. Something you hear a lot if you read comics is where to begin? So many of the big popular titles, such as the X-Men, have been going on for years and have built up a huge history of stories, characters and their relationships - all which can and do confuse the new reader.
The Dark Phoenix Saga however is a fantastic story for anyone, new or old, to the comic world of the X-Men. If you have seen the films for example and wanted to pick up a comic, this could be the one to start with. The characters will be all familiar, the same goes for the story and the relationships, it has the Hellfire Club, Wolverine, Jean Grey and the Phoenix - all seen in the movies and it is a contained story as well, everything you need is in this one book.
This is an easy 4 out of 5.