Dark Phoenix By John Byrne
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Dark Phoenix: Part 2
John Byrne talks about the origin of the Dark Phoenix Saga.
Eventually we reached the point that Phoenix would go “dark”, and off she went into space for her debut rampage. As originally plotted, the total extent of destruction was one Shi’ar battle cruiser — which fired first!
So, to up this from an action that was basically self defense, I had her destroy a star, heedless of any inhabited planets that might be orbiting it. To tie this into the Marvel Universe a bit more closely than the destruction of some newly invented alien race, I got editorial permission to make it the “asparagus people” intoduced in AVENGERS 4.
At this point Shooter was also told what I planned and approved it. After all this was no “worse” than anything Galactus did on a regular basis — and at that point Galactus was still being played as nothing more than a cosmic badguy.
As planned, we then had the Shi’ar fight and defeat the X-Men, capture Jean, and “psychically lobotomize” her. Since the plan — also approved by Shooter — was to have Dark Phoenix become a recurrent villain, this would set it up for us to bring her back when we were ready. The issue was finished, as was the next, which was double sized.
I was well into 138, when Shooter declared that Phoenix’s crime was too great, and that she must be “taken to a prison asteroid and horribly tortured for all eternity”.