Okay, kidding about the shock part since this spoiler had been floating around for a while. Jean Grey died for the final time most recently 10 years ago in Grant Morrison’s New X-Men run. She also famously died in the original Claremont/Byrne X-Men.
But it’s time for renewal and Legacy so Grey is back with a five issue mini, PHOENIX RESURRECTION, written by Matthew Rosenberg (Secret Warriors, Punisher) and drawn by Leinil Yu (Secret Empire). This resurrection will roll out with a full pageant of homage -y variant covers by tippity top names like Arthur Adams.
Phoenix’s first and most iconic death was caused by editorial fiat, and, unusually for a comic book character, she stayed dead for many years, with a return from Reichenbach Falls expressly forbidden, leading to many clones, dreams and hoaxes, and eventually revival and a new, permeable death.
And now she’s back!
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?
“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.”
Rosenberg expressed asimilar degree of enthusiasm. “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?”
PHOENIX RESURRECTION goes on sale December 27th just in time to celebrate the new year.
PHOENIX RESURRECTION: THE RETURN OF JEAN GREY #1
Written by MATTHEW ROSENBERG
Art by LEINIL YU
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.