Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here's the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we feature the sad conclusion of the Dark Phoenix Saga.
Okay, to set the scene for Uncanny X-Men #137 (by Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin), do note that Jean Grey had become a powerful hero known as Phoenix, but she was then corrupted and turned into Dark Phoenix and went off into outer space and actually destroyed a whole planet's population!
So the X-Men's old alien allies, the Shi'ar, have shown up to take her into custody and lobotomize her so that she can no longer use her dangerously powerful mental powers.
Xavier, as a last second gambit, challenges the Shi'iar Imperial Guard to a sort of duel over Jean Grey.
The Imperial Guard proceeds to basically kick the X-Men's collective behind, which leads to the following...
"The" moment, naturally, is the sacrifice.
Still, overall, good stuff (although boy, that's a lot of fairly unnecessary dialogue)!
Great artwork by Byrne and Austin, in particular.