Marvel is finally bringing back the original Jean Grey after years where we thought she might actually stay dead this time. Fans were just getting used to the new, younger, time-displaced Jean Grey who arrived along with the rest of the original five X-Men during Bendis’ time with the X-franchise, who leads her own team in X-Men: Blue while also starring in her solo series.
The classic Jean will be returning to the Marvel universe in the pages of the upcoming Phoenix: Resurrection and Marvel released a new video that explores the lives and deaths of Jean Grey over the years, with a tease of the future near the end of the video.
Classic Jean will be leading her own team of X-Men following her resurrection and will be brought to us in the pages of X-Men Red, by Tom Taylor and Mahmud Asrar, with a cover from Travis Charest. The new team promises “new uniforms, a new team headquarters, and exciting new characters” and is being called “the series X-fans have been waiting for.”
“As an X-Men fan, as a Jean Grey fan, as a Mahmud Asrar fan, and as a Travis Charest fan, to be asked to write X-MEN RED is a dream,” said series writer Tom Taylor. “The time is right for an X-Men book like this, and I’m very excited about the story we’re telling in these pages. I’m excited for Jean Grey’s vision for the world, and I can’t wait for Marvel readers to meet our team of established fan-favorites and brand new mutants, and to see them in action. To write a core X-Men book is to walk in the footsteps of giants, so I’m hoping my secret mutant ability is sudden foot-growth.”
“Jean Grey has been one of my favorite characters ever since the Dark Phoenix Saga, so I’m pretty excited to be a part of her return,” added series artist Mahmud Asrar. “The stories we plan to tell really captures the essence of the X-Men I read lovingly growing up. It’s just a delight to be working with this team. I have been working on many components of this book, including the designs of the characters old and new, and I haven’t been this eager to see the response to this book in a long while.”
“Tom has captured the spirit of a quintessential X-Men book,” said series editor Mark Paniccia. “It’s got dynamic hero moments, great character interactions, and a surprise villain at the end. Mahmud is doing some of the best work of his career, going into this fully charged and designing cool new costumes for our eclectic team. I’m thrilled to have Travis on covers for this series. I’ve always thought of him as one of the industry’s best artists. It’s a real honor to have him as part of the X-MEN RED crew.”
Marvel also revealed a few new connecting 3D variant covers from Brazilian artist Victor Hugo:
“I see this project as a milestone in my life,” said Hugo, who over the past 12 years has worked for Walt Disney Animation Studios, Blur Studios, and more. “I’m a 3D artist and even being a huge Marvel fan, I know that it’s definitely not common for publishers to request 3D illustrations for cover art, so not even in my coolest dreams did I think that someday I would be invited to do a Marvel comic book cover! The Phoenix Force is definitely the coolest thing about Jean, but what I really love about her is her evolution and changes through the years. It was an awesome experience being able to portray all the phases in a single artwork.”
“A stalwart Marvel fan, Hugo is excited to be adding his stamp to the long history of artists who have drawn the hero. “I love to portray moments and appealing characters,” he continued. “I believe that having the chance to portray Jean’s key life moments was a great opportunity to express one thing that I like the most about comics: the feeling of adventure! We have action and drama, but the thing that I like the most about X-Men is their adventures and how characters evolve with that, and that’s what I wanted to focus on.”
X-Men: Red hits comic stores on February 7, 2018.
Images: Marvel Comics