The Dark Phoenix Saga was named 2nd Greatest Comic Book Storyline of all time by popular vote on Comicbookresources.
This is a story line that had a lot of influence on the little Marvel geek me. It started with the existence of the X-Men, period, where I saw women on a team with men, kicking just as much ass as the men. Then it lead into this story arc, where a woman not only became a villain, but one of the most powerful supervillains of them all! I’m not saying the Dark Phoenix saga was totally feminist, it had its own share of problems. I’m just saying, when we played X-Men on the playground, you better believe I was Jean Grey.
Not only that, this saga (and the issues leading up to this saga) introduced a host of characters, from Kitty Pryde to Emma Frost to Dazzler.
I’m really happy to see the readers at ComicBookResources give this arc the recognition it deserves.
Phoenix by Art Adams
Dark Phoenix by Paul Smith & Bob Wiacek
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Marvel Girl and X-23 by Stuart Immonen
Wade Von Grawbader: inks
Marte Gracia: colours.
Phoenix by Matt Ferguson