It’s not coming anymore! With today’s release of #0, it’s here (Well, kind of, I guess? Does a #0 mean that something had actually started, or not?), and I have just one question about Avengers vs. X-Men: Is the fact that I remember reading earlier Phoenix stories going to be a problem?
Here’s Jason Aaron, talking to CBR about the importance of previous Phoenixes to the event:
The Phoenix Force obviously has a very long and complicated history, and in order to make “AvX” new-reader friendly, we wanted to distill as much of that down as we could. So we focus in on Hope, and the recent history of the Phoenix. That means someone like Rachel Summers won’t play a big role in the main series, but she most definitely will have her moments in the “Wolverine & the X-Men” tie-ins.
Here’s the thing: Unless I am missing something, isn’t Rachel Summers the first human (mutant) to become Phoenix post-retconning the original Jean-as-Phoenix story? Doesn’t that make her pretty important if the Phoenix Force is returning to Earth? I can understand that Quentin Quire gets a pass considering the nature of his relationship to the Phoenix, but… shouldn’t Rachel be central to this story as one of the few people who has an actual relationship to the thing it’s ostensibly all about?
This is one of those times when you’ve read too many comics for your own good, isn’t it? Don’t ask — Just buy it, as the saying goes.