Months ago, Marvel announced plans to resurrect Jean Grey, a fan-favorite member of the X-Men who has been dead for 13 years. The character’s impact has had a lasting effect not only on the X-Men, but on the Marvel Universe as a whole. For a length of time, the circumstances behind Jean Grey’s return was wrapped in mystery. With the release of the final issue of the five-part miniseries Phoenix Resurrection, all the pieces of the puzzle are in place, and Jean Grey’s return has finally been explained.
As Marvel Girl, Jean Grey debuted in 1963 as one of the five original X-Men. While serving with the team of teenage heroes, Jean formed a relationship with Cyclops which soon became one of the most well-known romances in comic book history. Years later, the character bonded with a world-devouring cosmic entity called the Phoenix Force which granted her incredibly abilities. Unfortunately for Jean and her teammates, that power came with a price. Jean was eventually transformed into Dark Phoenix. In order to save her allies, Jean had no choice but to sacrifice herself. Though Marvel has occasionally found ways to bring her back into the fold, the character has mostly stayed dead.
In Phoenix Resurrection, fans saw Jean Grey alive and working in a diner while living a seemingly mundane life full of “normal” versions of Wolverine, Magneto, Cyclops, and other members of the X-Men. Jean had no memory of her past life, and as the story progressed, it became clear that there was something off about this quaint little town. Jean experienced visions that blurred the lines between reality and fiction. Meanwhile, the X-Men discovered that the Phoenix had returned to Earth.
Upon discovering the Phoenix’s hiding place within a cosmic dome in New Mexico, Beast theorized that the Phoenix brought Jean back to life in order to bond with her once again. According to Beast, the Phoenix Force created a world for her to live in to prepare her for their merging. To stop Jean Grey from becoming the Phoenix, Old Man Logan went into the diner to remind her of her past. After Logan successfully connected with Jean, her memories began to come back. The Phoenix also brought back Cyclops, just long enough for the two to have an emotional reunion. The Phoenix abruptly killed Cyclops again.
In the end, Jean rejected the Phoenix Force and told it to find someone else. Reluctantly, the cosmic entity said its goodbyes and left. Now Jean will have decide what to with her life now that’s she finally back and without the power of the Phoenix. The next chapter in Jean’s life will come in X-Men: Red, a new series that will see Jean lead her own team of mutants, including Nightcrawler, Namor, X-23, and Gambit.
Phoenix Resurrection #5 is on sale now.
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