When Jean Grey died heroically in Grant Morrison’s epic run of NEW X-MEN, she left a void among her mutant family – and in the world. For over a decade, the X-Men have lived with the fact that Jean Grey is no longer with them as a team member and a friend – and now, this winter, adult Jean Grey will live again.
Marvel announced the official return of adult Jean Grey in PHOENIX RESURRECTION, with a story by newly exclusive writer Matthew Rosenberg (Secret Warriors, Punisher) and art by Leinil Yu (Secret Empire). As a celebration of the character’s power and iconic status, the five-issue epic will also include five blockbuster artists taking on Jean Grey throughout the run, as well as Phoenix Variant covers that will begin in December.
“Matt came to us with a really interesting and unique approach to bringing Jean back,” said senior editor Mark Paniccia. “It’s not what we expected, and plays to Matt’s biggest strengths as a storyteller. This is very cool mystery building to a mind-warping climax. And it has plenty of what you’d expect from an X-MEN epic of this magnitude. Action, romance, sacrifice, lots of X-Men and five great artists.”
Strange events are no surprise to the X-Men, but when events start occurring that are more specific and strange than usual, the group is forced to confront the truth: could Jean be alive after all? And how will this Jean Grey deal with a world that is now so different from the one she left years ago?
“It’s such a mind-blowing honor to bring back the original Jean Grey,” said series writer Matthew Rosenberg. “I’ve been an X-Men fan my whole life and Jean is, in my mind, the true soul of the X-Men. So we aren’t taking this lightly. We’re going for that perfect balance of universe shaking epic and intimate personal drama that only the X-Men ever truly achieve. This is all hands on deck for the X-Men as every available member heads into battle for the soul of their team and maybe even the fate of the Marvel Universe.”
“This is just the beginning,” teased Paniccia. “Something this big will leave quite a footprint on the Marvel Universe. Jean will have a startling new role after this, and you’re left wondering, how will the rest of the X-Men respond? What will happen to young Jean Grey?”
Jean Grey is probably one of the most important characters to ever be part of the X-Men. An insanely powerful telepath with telekinetic abilities to boot, she was already a force to be reckoned with even without the Phoenix force.
She’s always been a character that I liked as much as I was irritated by – especially with the Scott and Logan love triangle. I remember when she first died all those years ago, fans were betting on a much earlier return. Since then quite a few iconic X-Men have been killed off and returned, yet Marvel kept Jean firmly (‘young’ Jean Grey and the other ‘young’ X-Men never counted for me) dead.
Here’s hoping that her return is truly an epic one and as a long-time fan (against all odds) that they don’t screw it up. I’m betting that we’ll see quite a few more X-Men return from the dead (Logan) once she’s back… but then again, they wouldn’t be the X-Men if it wasn’t convoluted and surprisingly convenient at the same time.
Jean Grey’s newest adventure – PHOENIX RESURRECTION hits comic shops December 27th!