Excalibur #52 (1992)

Then in #52, we pick up with the storyline of Rachel Summers struggling against the Phoenix force.  Professor X comes by to help.  As a result of his psychic work with Rachel, we get a long history of the Force and what it has been doing through history.  If you want that kind of backstory, this isn’t a bad issue to get it in.

The cover to issue #52 acknowledges that this book isn’t very good.  The X-Men don’t appear in the book, except as part of the flashbacks/history of Phoenix Force.

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