New Phoenix, new Dark Phoenix Saga? Check out this Phoenix Song: Echo #1 preview

Phoenix Song: Echo #1 excerpt
Phoenix Song: Echo #1 excerpt (Image credit: Marvel Comics)

Marvel's new Phoenix, Echo, will be starring in her first solo series this fall. Award-winning prose novelist Rebecca Roanhorse and artist Luca Maresca are working on Phoenix Song: Echo, a five-issue series to debut this October.

"I am excited to return to Echo in her first solo series and follow this thrilling new direction Jason Aaron has taken her," Roanhorse says in the announcement. "Readers will see some old favorites reimagined and some entirely new characters as Echo comes to terms with the incredible and dangerous powers of the Phoenix."

Check out a preview of Phoenix Song: Echo by Roanhorse and Maresca here:

Echo was chosen as the new host of the Phoenix Force in the recent Avengers storyline 'Enter the Phoenix' by Jason Aaron and Javier Garron. Roanhorse and artist Weshoyot Alvitre created an Echo short story previous to that in 2020's Marvel's Voices: Indigenous Voices #1.

With her assent to being the host of the Phoenix Force, Echo is now one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe according to the publisher. In the  Phoenix Song: Echo, she'll be learning about her new abilities and the fierce personality that the Phoenix Force has.

Phoenix Song: Echo #1's main cover is drawn by Cory Smith, with variants by Oscar Vega, Leinil Francis Yu, Carmen Carnero, and Todd Nauck. Check them out here:

Echo was created by David Mack and Joe Quesada way back in 1999's Daredevil #9, and went on to briefly serve as an Avenger - and Ronin - in Brian Michael Bendis' Avengers run. The publisher states that Phoenix Song: Echo will have "revelations" about both her ancestry and that of the Phoenix Force. The series will also feature the "shocking" return of a surprise X-Men villain and the debut of new Marvel heroes.

Marvel Entertainment has big plans for Echo beyond comics - she'll make her MCU debut, played by Alaqua Cox, in the upcoming Disney Plus series Hawkeye, and is already pegged for her own spinoff show.

Phoenix Song: Echo #1 (of 5) goes on sale on October 20.

Echo is the latest in a long line of Phoenix Force hosts that include Jean Grey, Franklin Richards, Quentin Quire, and even Cyclops, Emma Frost, Magik, Colossus, and Namor - as the Phoenix Five… but who wore it best? Check out our rundown of the best Phoenix Force hosts - we might soon need to update that with Echo! 

Chris Arrant

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)