Uncanny X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga  #129-#137 (1980)

Writers: Chris Claremont & John Byrne

Pencilllers: John Byrne

Inker: Terry Austin

Colorist: Glynis Wein

Letterer: Tom Orzechowski

  • Uncanny X-men #129
  • Uncanny X-men #130
  • Uncanny X-men #131
  • Uncanny X-men #132
  • Uncanny X-men #133
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  • Uncanny X-men #135
  • Uncanny X-men #136
  • Uncanny X-men #137

I finally got around to reading this recently and I was blow away. I usually find it really difficult to read older comics (though to be honest I’ve not really read much old Marvel), but this was epic and well crafted from the outset. Yes, it’s not a smooth as current comics, but it really does engage the reader emotionally, as well as being pretty and exciting. 

I couldn’t believe the amount of things alluded to in other comics that take place and are introduced during this story arc including the debuts of Emma Frost, Kitty Pryde, Dazzler and the Hellfire Club amongst others, as well as the incident that Ms Pryde alludes to in her steely, geekbumps-inducing conversation with Emma Frost:

"The first time I ever met the X-Men, the first day…they were ambushed. And captured. And caged. By you. I learned more about good and evil in that one day than I ever have before or since. I was thirteen. When I think about evil, whenever I think about the concept of evil, yours in the face that I see. I don’t have to “watch you”, Miss Frost. I can smell you.” (Astonishing X-Men #2)