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Review: X-Men Annual #4

A powerful Romani sorceress hellbent on revenge sends Nightcrawler to infernal damnation – or does she? On its own merits, this is an interesting outing from the team of Chris Claremont, John Romita Jr. and Bob McLeod. But it feels like a letdown in the wake of “The Dark Phoenix Saga.”

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Review: X-Men #138

At Jean Grey’s funeral, Cyclops remembers his life with Jean and the X-Men – then steps away from the team. An effective epilogue – and jumping-on point – from the classic creative team of Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin.

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Review: X-Men #137

Amid lunar ruins, the X-Men duel the Shi’ar Imperial Guard to determine the fate of the Phoenix. The classic X-Men team of Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin deliver one of the best comics of the Bronze era.

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Review: X-Men #136

Phoenix returns to Earth for a family visit and a rematch against the X-Men – with Professor X joining the fray. Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin deliver the goods – mostly – with this penultimate chapter of “The Dark Phoenix Saga.”

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Review: X-Men #135

Drunk on her exponentially increasing power, Dark Phoenix defeats the X-Men, devours a star and kills billions. “The Dark Phoenix Saga” reaches a tipping point in this tragic chapter from the creative team of Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin.

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Review: X-Men #134

Phoenix manages to shake off Jason “Mastermind” Wyngarde’s control … but has her liberation come too late? “The Dark Phoenix Saga” takes its darkest turn yet in another escalating chapter from Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin.

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Review: X-Men #133

Wolverine makes a solo attempt to free the X-Men while Cyclops gambles on his and Jean’s “psychic rapport.” The X-Men’s descent into darkness continues, with an iconic issue from the team of Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin.

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Review: X-Men #132

After regrouping in New Mexico, the X-Men attempt to infiltrate a Hellfire Club gala; it does not go well. The thematic downward spiral of “The Dark Phoenix Saga” continues, thanks to another excellent chapter from X-legends Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin.

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Review: X-Men #131

Half of the team – plus Dazzler – races to rescue the remaining X-Men from the clutches of The Hellfire Club. “The Dark Phoenix Saga” continues to escalate with another strong outing from Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin.

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Review: X-Men #130

Half the team searches for Dazzler, unaware that the remaining X-Men have been ensnared by the Hellfire Club. Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin offer up another A+ outing – and they’re just getting started!

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