It’s disingenuous to pretend that Jean Grey’s been “dead” in Marvel’s comics for some time now, considering that her time-displaced younger self has been leading a team of teen mutants in X-Men: Blue. But it also hasn’t quite been accurate to say the “real” Jean as been alive, either.
The first details about the next chapter in the X-Men movie franchise, Dark Phoenix, are here. And as you’d expect when it comes to adapting one of the most iconic sagas of the X-comics, things are about to get hot under the collar for Jean Grey. And like, everywhere else too.
Dennis Hopeless and Victor Ibenez’s Jean Grey is a thoughtful, nuanced exploration of anxiety, self-doubt, and fear. Teen Jean’s been preparing for the Phoenix’s return—the test of her life—but this week, the Phoenix decides that it’s tired of waiting for her to study up. Reckoning day’s here.
Much like an iconic drag queen who melodramatically announces that she’s finally ready to retire and leave the business behind, the adult Jean Grey is actually coming back from the dead. That alone isn’t all that surprising, but the fact that she and the Phoenix Force will be leading the X-Men definitely is.
The last time Scott Summers saw his ex-wife Jean Grey alive, she’d managed to fulfill her destiny of becoming the White Phoenix of the Crown, a nearly perfect version of the normally destructive cosmic firebird. This latest version of the Phoenix retained its sanity and had the potential to become one of the greatest…
There are certain constants in the world of comic books that are so reliable and so predictable, you can damn near set your watch by them. Lying Cat will always catch you lying. Batman will always brood. Jean Grey will never stay too dead for too long. It’s about that time, folks. The Phoenix is coming back.
Jean Grey is one of those comic book characters that people either unabashedly love or despise with a burning passion. She’s been the focal point of some of Marvel’s most convoluted, retcon-packed storylines and after over 50 years of saving the world, she’s finally getting a chance to be a three-dimensional person in…
Art nouveau heroines are the latest trend among fan artists, but Hanie Mohd has added a fashionable touch, draping Marvel's superheroines in long, flowing dresses based on their slim-fitting costumes.
Earlier this week, we showed you Hillary White's amazingly bizarre mashups of pop culture characters with classic paintings. Now other artists are getting in on the act, taking Wolverine, Black Canary, and a host of other heroes out of their normal comic book element and putting them in pieces of fine art.
Designer Danny Haas has created a series of weathered posters that split famed superheroes' personalities straight down the middle. For characters such as Jean Grey and Susan Richards, the divide is less obvious but no less charming. Here's hoping he makes a Multiple Man diagram that's shaped like a pie chart. You can…
We've seen kaiju inserted into yard sale paintings and vampiric 1800s facsimiles of Nicolas Cage. In the spirit of such portraiture comes Alex Gross' series of science fiction cabinet cards, in which he takes poor dead bastards who kicked it 100+ years ago and repaints them as pop icons. Gross will be presenting a new…
We've seen sex-swapped incarnations of the X-Men before, but Deviant Artist Timberoo is devoted to giving almost every X-Men — no matter how obscure — the Victor Victoria routine. Let's kick off these creative offerings with He-Dazzler, who I imagine would look a lot more like Cerrone or Giorgio Moroder in real life.
The X-Men always complain that they're loathed by society, but they never think to stop it's because they're so damned good-looking. And barring a few select team members, the X-Men are more Olympic water polo team pin-up calendar, less genetically quirky superhero squad. But what if the comeliest of X-Men couldn't…
Out of all the superteams in comics, the X-Men always seem to rack up the highest body counts. It's like dying is their mutant power! In any case, here are the weepiest passings in X-history.
Astro City writer Kurt Busiek shares a genuine piece of comic history at his blog: the original notes for the story that became the return of X-Men's Jean Grey, unseen even by the people who actually wrote the story. [Busiek.com]
Superheroes can escape almost any trap... except for 50 years' worth of backstory that's dated, self-contradictory or gets in the way of a story. So what do you do? Reach for the retcon! Here are 15 examples of retcon fail.
X2 screenwriter Michael Dougherty didn't get a crack at the third X-Men script, but he and Bryan Singer did kick around some ideas for a Phoenix-centric movie. He shares his different take on Rogue and the end of Jean Grey.
Death really isn't the end in science fiction... It just depends on whether or not it can be written around later. Here are some of our favorite NotDeaths that prove that the Grim Reaper should really up his game.