After introducing a younger version of Jean Grey in All-New X-Men, Marvel Comics is gearing up to spin her off with a solo story. So, what story is there left to tell in Jean’s life?
The Jean Grey series is being handled by the creative team of Dennis Hopeless (All-New X-Men, X-Men: Season One) and Victor Ibanez (Extraordinary X-Men, Storm), and will follow Jean as she sets off on her own to figure out what the Phoenix Force has in store. Jean will face the demons of the past and her potential future (trippy, right?), as she tries to avoid the fate of the previous Jean. To get ready, Jean explores the Marvel Universe and studies under the greatest heroes out there (so expect crossovers galore).
Here’s what Hopeless told Marvel about the project:
“I spent over a year on ALL-NEW X-MEN delving into the other time-displaced X-Men and exploring how they live in the shadows of their older selves. In Jean’s case, her older self has died. Still, when you say the name “Jean Grey” or “Phoenix,” people already have an idea of what that represents—but that isn’t her. I wanted to take teenaged Jean and put her up against this massive, monolithic thing that the other Jean had to deal with and see how she’d handle it differently. I wanted to write something brand new that still takes advantage of this classic, beloved character…
She needs to become a prepared Jean Grey by the time the Phoenix arrives. So she puts herself through a lot of things to try to get ready for something she can’t really prepare for. And I think a lot of people can relate to that—especially readers around her age. During those post-high school, early college years, you want to figure out the adult you’re going to become, but you largely base that on the experiences you had growing up and the expectations others have put on you.”
The first issue of Jean Grey, which marks the character’s first solo series, hits shelves this spring.
Check out the cover below and let us know what you think: