JEAN GREY #1
Written by: Dennis Hopeless
Art by: Victor Ibanez, Jay David Ramos, & Travis Lanham
Published by: Marvel Comics
When a teenage JEAN GREY traveled through time and arrived in the present, she learned the terrible fate that befell her predecessor: Possessed by a cosmic entity called the Phoenix, Jean was trapped in an endless cycle of life and death. Determined to escape that future, Jean set out to write her own destiny. But now, she’s visited by a premonition that the Phoenix is coming for her…and in this new ongoing series by DENNIS HOPELESS (ALL-NEW X-MEN, SPIDER-WOMAN, X-MEN: SEASON ONE) and VICTOR IBANEZ (EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN, STORM), she’s going to fight tooth and nail to escape becoming its next victim!
Let me start by saying I know Jean Grey #1 has been out for nearly a month, but I just got around to reading it. Also, if you’ve been following my comic book reviews, then you know that I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the quality of Marvel’s ResurrXion relaunch.
I’m not saying everything Marvel is doing with the X-Men now has been perfect, but things are certainly better than they have been in many years. Well, sad to say my love affair with ResurrXion took a hit.
I hated pretty much everything about Jean Grey #1. Once again, I felt like I got half a story for my $3.99. I hate that current comics keep making me feel like this. Anyways, I don’t know why Jean is alone in Japan in this issue, let alone how she got there in the first place.
And if she’s trying to lay low, why is she walking around Kyoto wearing her costume? And what the heck is the Wrecking Crew doing in Kyoto? Were all the X-Men villains booked already?
Writer Dennis Hopeless tries to provides a distinction between the Jean long time fans remember, and the Jean that exists in the comics now. But the narration tries to sound like a teenager, then not. And the whole thing feels forced.
This Jean Grey seems to he holding on to a lot of guilt, but that doesn’t make sense because she wasn’t responsible for what Dark Phoenix did. As far as I know she’s never met the Phoenix force. Plus, for someone out of her time, this Jean acts too much like a current teenager when she should still be a fish out of water in some ways.
The art of Victor Ibanez isn’t bad, and does deliver some excellent battle scenes with some nice little details thrown in. I’m still not a fan of Jean’s current costume, it actually look better without the jacket I think.
I’m a big fan of Jean Grey and the Phoenix. I even like the idea that Jean and the Phoenix were meant to be together. But I would have rather read a Jean Grey solo series starring the real deal, and not the Jean brought back from the past.
Jean Grey #1 score: D