Phoenix Force may return to X-Men comics. The X-Men always had secure connections to the Phoenix, a cosmic force of death and rebirth that predates the creation of the universe. They first encountered Phoenix when it replaced Jean Gray with an avatar, and experienced the human spirit, eventually going insane in the classic Dark Phoenix Saga. Since then, Cosmic Firebird has been increasingly tied to the mutant race, even going so far as to re-ignite the X gene worldwide in the Avengers vs X-Men phenomenon.
Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men relaunch has mostly unveiled the golden age of the mutant race. Charles Xavier has gathered all the mutants in the world on the island of Kraków and is building the first real mutant community. Even more incredibly, the X-Men have learned the secret to conquering death using a mixture of mutant powers and Cerebro technology. They are using this to bring back all the mutants that have ever died slowly. With mutants booming, it was undoubtedly always just a matter of time before Phoenix returned once again.
In the preview cover of Cable # 2, by artist Phil Noto, there is a hint that Phoenix is indeed coming. It reveals the baby cable surrounded by teenage clones of Five Stepford Cuckoo, Emma Frost, who is part of a hive mind. And he wields a weapon that is strongly linked to the Phoenix force; Legendary Blade of the Phoenix.
Blade of the Phoenix is a cosmic weapon that dates back centuries, to an ancient Phoenix host named Rook Shishir. Like many Phoenix hosts, Rook Shire has learned the painful lesson that absolute power corrupts. Although the Phoenix force is only a few days near Rook Shishir, he burned countless planets with Phoenix fire. But, unlike all other Phoenix hosts, Rook Shire channelled his cosmic power through a blade. When the fans released her, the sword was tainted by the shadow of the Phoenix Force. It was said to be just a “true phoenix echo”, but it was proved to be a deadly weapon at a reasonably powerful age. Phoenix’s Blade was most recently wielded by Korvus, one of Rachel Gray’s lovers, and was considered depowered in the construction the second incident years ago.
Of course, covers can be misleading; But there’s absolutely no reason for cover artist Phil Noto to remember an old weapon like the Blade of the Phoenix when creating this stunning piece of artwork. The logical conclusion is that Blade of Phoenix will return to the Jarre Duggan cable chain; And where the Blade appears, the Phoenix cannot be far behind. This may well explain just why the miracle green-lit cable; Because it contains matters of real and lasting importance for the X-Men.
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