By Squares 57 Comments
I'll be completely honest from the start; I'm no fan of Phoenix, as any incarnation. Jean has always struck me as being too damn perfect, and Rachel's immense mother complex is almost as irritating as her personality. And as much as I'd love for both of them to remain six feet under, there's one thing that the phoenix, in both mythology and in the x-men, is monumentally horrible at- staying dead. But I just remembered something about the mythological Phoenix; there's only ever one at a time. Like, literally, the parent dies before the child is born. Didn't Rachel and Jean meet at some point? Okay, they're not mother and daughter, per se, but they're as close as we're gonna get in terms of the whole phoenix lineage. Hey, for that matter, why is it that the Phoenix Force only really goes for women as long-term hosts?
Okay, some of you may be wondering why I'm leaving Madelyne Pryor out of the list of prominent Phoenix hosts. There's a few good reasons for that, but primarily I did it because she's essentially, as far as I'm concerned, Jean Grey. Literally, she's Jean's evil twin; what kind of soap opera were the writers watching, anyways?
At any rate, I've stated before that I dread Rachel's possible return; however, perhaps for the sake of Cyclops' sanity, that'd be the better route. I mean, poor guy had the most important person in his life constantly dying and being resurrected. If it was anyone but Scott, there would be really serious emotional trauma. And I mean come on, the dude's happy, can't we just cut him a break?
Bonus Phoenix trivia: The name 'phoenix' means crimson, and it shares a name with one of the spirits mentioned in the Lesser Key of Solomon (Phenex).