We've known for a while now that Jean Grey — the real Jean Grey, not the time-displaced younger version of the character — will be making her return to the Marvel Universe soon in the pages of the Phoenix Resurrection miniseries this December. What we didn't know was how Marvel would deal with Jean after that return. Now we have a clue: She's getting her own mutant team.
Marvel announced this week that Jean Grey will be the flagship character for X-Men Red, a new team book by writer Tom Taylor (All-New Wolverine) and artist Mahmud Asrar (The Unworthy Thor) that will help restore Jean Grey to the Marvel Universe. Details about the new series are scarce right now, but it's described as a "core" X-Men title accompanying already-launched series X-Men Blue and X-Men Gold.
“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,” Taylor said in a statement. “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.”
We'll probably have to wait until Phoenix Resurrection launches to get a better idea of where exactly this series is heading, but Marvel promises "new uniforms, a new team headquarters, and exciting new characters" for X-Men Red, so clearly the ambition to restore Jean Grey to the Marvel Universe is there.
Check out the first issue's cover below, and look for the series when it hits stores Feb. 7.