By Steve Morris
And so begins year 8 of the never-ending Marvel teases aimed at whipping the broken and bruised backs of those poor ol’ Jean Grey fans. After dying in New X-Men #150, these poor people have desperately been leaping to conclusions regarding their favourite surrogate comic-book mother for almost a decade now. And the latest revival of this cruelty comes now from Joe Quesada, as part of whatever new branding Marvel take on at the end of their Avengers Vs X-Men storyline. Quesada today revealed part of a large poster which will show off the new era of Marvel, and the characters taking centre-stage. And who is on this part of the post?
But of course.
According to the Entertainment Weekly article which revealed this piece, this is not a false Jean like the ones in Phoenix Warsong, Endsong, Uncanny X-Men 515, Exiles, Fantastic Force, Ultimate Marvel, Generation Hope, Second Coming, X-Men First Class, Deadly Genesis, etc etc etc. And it won’t be a hologram or an image created by everybody’s favourite character Pixie. This is the real Jean, and Jean fans certainly aren’t setting themselves up for another disappointment if they start to celebrate this news. Honest it’s the real Jean, and certainly not a flashback series or Hope Summers in costume. And it’s absolutely not Rachel Grey, or a copout, or a dream-sequence Jean. If you think this is Siryn or Medusa with a haircut, you are wrong! There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that this is the real Jean Grey, back in comics to once more pine for Cyclops, get pulled around by the hair, and faint at every opportunity. No doubt at all.
Having said that, maybe it’s Madelyne Prior.