There are very few characters, in comics, that remain dead. However, in the X-Men world there have been a few. Professor X, Wolverine and Phoenix. Well, that last one may be seeing a change coming in late December when a new five-issue miniseries will feature the return of the adult Jean Grey.
Matthew Rosenberg with artist Leinil Yu are working on a series entitled “Phoenix Resurrection” that will arrive in stores on December 27, with covers by Yu and a variant by Arthur Adams. You may remember that the last time we saw the adult Jean Grey was in the Marvel one-shot Jean Grey. Obviously, this was leading up to something, as well as her introduction in the Marvel one-shot: Thor.
“Matt came to us with a really interesting and unique approach to bringing Jean back,” senior editor Mark Paniccia said in an official statement. “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.”
“It’s such a mind-blowing honor to bring back the original Jean Grey,” Rosenberg said of working on his and Yu’s series. “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.”
We do know that the Phoenix will be part of the Avengers of 1,000,000 BC and have a relationship with Odin, but that would be more of the entity and not actually Jean. While the Marvel one-shots have been a bit disappointing, just how they will work together when the new line-up hit remains to be seen. However, it would be nice to see Jean Grey back.