Welcome friends to Back Issue Bloodbath, a comics-centric podcast presented by Geek Hard. Join hosts Andrew Young and Sammy Younan as they get down and dirty in the four-colour world of comic books, focusing on classic stories, new issues, comic creators and hot button topics.
This week is a “very special episode” of Back Issue Bloodbath as it kicks off a month of guest co-hosts on the podcast. For the next 5 episodes, Andrew’s got some special guest co-hosts. This time around, Andrew is joined by his original co-host, comedian Gavin Stephens! Gavin was on the show through 2015 and 2016. These days, he hosts Master Race Debaters, a podcast that tackles racism in Canada. But he’s back on Bloodbath to help Andrew dissect a comic that’s been hailed as the GREATEST COMIC STORY OF ALL TIME: The Dark Phoenix Saga.
Written and Drawn by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, The Dark Phoenix Saga is the crown jewel of X-Men stories. Overcome by the power of the Phoenix Force, Jean Grey transforms into the godlike Dark Phoenix. Over the course of 9 issues, Jean becomes one of the most powerful villains the Marvel Universe has ever known. The events of this saga affect X-Men stories to this day, almost 40 years later. The final issue of the story is not without controversy as editor Jim Shooter forced the creators to change the ending.
Take a listen as Andrew and Gavin look back on The Dark Phoenix Saga and discuss why the story has come back to haunt the X-Men again and again for the last 4 decades. It’s all waiting for you on the latest episode of Back Issue Bloodbath. Enjoy!
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