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Avengers VS X-Men

Unlimited Highlights: Phoenix

Get to know this cosmic force and its various hosts before it crashes back down to Earth in Avengers Vs. X-Men!

By Ben Chabala

Every week we'll pick a handful of awesome comics from the thousands available through Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited. From creator spotlights to editor's picks and more, this'll be your spot to find something new and cool.

This week the Phoenix Force rises in Unlimited Highlights, paving the way for its rebirth in Avengers Vs. X-Men.  Keep your eyes peeled for AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #0 on March 28 and AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #1 due out April 4 in stores and on the Marvel Comics app, but until then make sure to read up on this blazing bird of prey and its extraordinary exploits!


Fresh off saving the universe, the X-Men find themselves careening back to terra firma in a rapidly disintegrating space shuttle. Only Jean Grey can guide the metallic fireball to safety, but how long until her telekinetic bubble breaks and solar radiation bombards the ship? What happens to one of the world’s most powerful mutant minds when subjected to cosmic levels of radiation? You get the birth of Phoenix, an all-powerful entity of life and death. The story starts here folks!


Behold Dark Phoenix, as the world trembles beneath her fiery gaze. Jean Grey, completely in the thrall of the all-consuming extraterrestrial avatar, nearly kills her fellow X-Men as they fly over Central Park. Drunk with power, she hungers for the unimaginable energies of a living star and her next move sets the stage for one of the most sensational space operas ever told!


The Phoenix threatens the existence of Galactus, and you can bet he won’t stand for that.  Now Excalibur fights to save one of their own, but do Captain Britain, Nightcrawler, Meggan, and Lockheed really have the guts and gumption to duel with a universal constant? Does their extra-dimensional lighthouse HQ hold the ticket to their salvation, or will Rachel Summers go the way of all the planets before her, lost in the gaping maw of the world eater?


Somehow the Shi’ar have called the Phoenix Force back from the brink of blackness, denying it the healing powers of the White Hot Room. Something draws the force back to Earth, and just when Jean Grey thought she might get some well-deserved rest, the Phoenix brings her back to life. Again. What have the Shi’ar done, and what does it mean for the safety of the universe?


With the nigh endless amount of planets in the known universe, why does the Phoenix Force always come back to Earth? What about this little ball of mud draws its pyrotechnic presence? And what does it want with the Stepford Cuckoos? As if the girls weren’t difficult enough to deal with already, now they can fly and flambé anyone at the Xavier Institute they don’t like—Wolverine for example. A whole new Phoenix mystery begins!

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