The day that many people didn’t think would come will be arriving soon.
Many fans of the X-Men comics believed that the death of Jean Grey would be counted among others like Uncle Ben and Gwen Stacy as final in the comics. With the announcement today from Marvel Comics, it looks like the Phoenix will be rising yet again.
According to senior editor Mark Paniccia, “It’s not what we expected, and plays to Matt’s (Matthew Rosenberg) 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.”
The five issue series, titled Phoenix: Resurrection, will be written by Rosenberg with art by Leinil Yu. “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.” Rosenberg said.
Phoenix has been making a return to comics for some time. The Phoenix force will be featured in one of the Marvel: Legacy titles as well as in the Avengers of the year 1,000,000 B.C. where she will have a romantic relationship with Odin himself.
While none of this is an indication that the adult Jean Grey will be coming back permanently, it is an indication that the Phoenix force might be sticking around in some form for a while.
Phoenix: Resurrection will arrive in stores December 27, 2017.
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