In celebration of one of its most beloved characters, Marvel has released a new video taking a look at Jean Grey Through the Years: a look back at the iconic mutant’s history with the X-Men! Take a moment to relive all Jean Grey’s classic moments, from her debut in 1963’s X-Men #1 to the return of her adult form in the upcoming Phoenix: Resurrection.
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Jean Grey #8
(W) Dennis Hopeless (A) Victor Ibanez (CA) David Yardin
In Shops: Oct 25, 2017
PSYCH WAR Part 1
The Phoenix is coming and in its wake – death and destruction! Destined to become the Earth’s host for the fiery entity, Jean is still not prepared for its arrival and the ensuing battle to come. Her only hope, a former host who can prepare and train her telepathic powers, but what cost is Jean willing to pay when Emma Frost, The White Queen, becomes her only salvation and the last line of defense from the world burning? PLUS: Includes 3 bonus MARVEL PRIMER PAGES! Story by Robbie Thompson and art by Mark Bagley!
This January, fan-favorite mutant Jean Grey returns to the X-Men and the Marvel Universe…and she’s not alone. Do Jean and Phoenix bring the world life? Or is the destruction of the universe imminent? The mystery unfolds in this five-part epic from blockbuster writer Matthew Rosenberg, featuring five different superstar artists, including startling 3D motion covers with art by Leinil Francis Yu!
And what about young Jean Grey, currently time displaced in the Marvel Universe and battling her own Phoenix visions? It all culminates in Jean Grey #11, the critical Phoenix Resurrection tie-in which will see young Jean fighting her biggest psych war yet – against the Phoenix!
Rosenberg is joined by Yu on art as well as Carlos Pacheco, Joe Bennett, Ramon Rosanas, Khoi Pham, and Jean Grey #11 is written by Dennis Hopeless with art by Victor Ibanez and Alberto Alburquerque with a cover by David Yardin.
Traveling the Marvel Universe preparing herself for her inevitable encounter with the Phoenix force, Jean Grey has learned how to fight from the likes of Namor, Thor and Psylocke. But now she wants to know more about her opponent than the best way to punch it. She wants to know what makes it tick. She wants to know what it’s made of. And to learn that, she’ll go to one of the few women who’ve harnessed its power: Wanda Maximoff, The Scarlet Witch!
When I saw the preview for Jean Grey #7, I was very excited for it to be released. Scarlet Witch is one of my favorite characters, and seeing her encounter Jean Grey to help with the coming Phoenix? I was so ready to dive into this issue! But not long into it, I could see this was going to be a let down, and by the end I was absolutely disappointed in this issue. Writer Dennis Hopeless brings us what can be easily called the weakest issue of the Jean Grey series. The story feels rushed and has a whole lot of things going on, making the story feel over stuffed without anything of real substance taking place. A monster cooking class that comes off as a little cheesy and a unexpected showdown don’t do this issue any favors, but my biggest beef with this chapter is the portrayal of ‘ghost’ Jean Grey. When this new element to the story was introduced, I was skeptical if this was indeed the spirit of the real Jean Grey who has come to help guide her younger self into facing the Phoenix.
After this issue, I am HOPING that this is not the real Jean Grey! Jean, the adult Jean, long time fans remember was, in many ways the heart of the X-Men. She had come a long way from being the ‘girl’ member of the team, to a strong, confident, compassionate person even after her rise and fall with the Phoenix. The Jean that shows up in this issue, a guiding spirit to younger Jean is just mean and snarky and just plain ugly. Her domineering and serious tone with her younger self could be explained as her trying to convey the severity of the situation, but it’s her exchanges and comments about Wanda that really made me grit my teeth and ask myself if Hopeless did any research at all on the original Jean, or if he just thought he’d write her so she fit into his story. The mean comments, the eye rolling and sarcasm came off as petty and juvenile and completely out of character. If she’s supposed to be helping her younger self when it comes to facing the Phoenix, I feel that force is going to take her over easily and bring back the Dark Phoenix.
Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque’s art also felt all over the place in this issue. There are some scenes which are presented beautifully, like when Scarlet Witch first arrives on the scene but other scenes, mostly the ones where ghost Jean reacts to Wanda’s words or actions, really take away from the story with their over exaggerated expressions and comical reactions. What few action scenes are in this issue are done nicely, but again it’s the over the top expressions that really take away from this issue.
Overall, as I’m sure I have made clear, I was really disappointed with this issue. Too much thrown in too fast and hit or miss art really brings this issue, and the series as whole down a few notches. But it is the characterization of ghost Jean Grey that completely turned me off. She was written totally out of character and was acting more like a child then her younger self ever has. I am really hoping that in the end this is not the Jean Grey we all know and love and it is another spirit that is just taking advantage of the situation. With the recently announced return of the adult Jean Grey coming soon, I really hope it is the later, because of this is a glimpse of the Jean Grey we’re going to be seeing again, I would rather they just left her as a fond memory.
Story: Dennis Hopeless Art: Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque
Story: 5.0 Art: 5.5 Overall: 5.25 Recommendation: Pass
Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!
Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!
Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.
Top Pick(s): Bloodshot Salvation #1 and Secret Weapons #4 (Valiant Entertainment) – There’s a funny thing this week. There’s really only two comics I can’t wait to pick up from my LCS, and both are from Valiant: Bloodshot: Salvation #1 and Secret Weapons #4. While I’ve read both, I want to reread them both in print without the review copy watermark on them.
Mr. Crypt #1 (Alterna) – It’s a living skeleton and the comic is about $1.50. What’s not to love?
Top Pick: Jean Grey #7 (Marvel) – I’ve really been enjoying this series and seeing Jean meeting up with other heroes and learning from them has been fun. But to be totally honest, I’m really just looking forward to seeing Scarlet Witch in this issue. Not too much of a fan boy, eh?
Super Sons #8 (DC Comics) – This is a fun, action filled super hero book that you all should be reading.
U.S.Avengers #10 (Marvel) – I’m interested to see how the fall of Hydra will effect this team, and looking forward to them going out to look for Cannonball. This book is hit or miss with me, and the Secret Empire tie ins were just alright, so I’m hoping things pick up.
X-Men Gold #12 (Marvel) – This book has been a good read, even though I do have a few issues on how some characters have been depicted or altogether pushed to the side (looking at Storm). I would like to see this book be more of a team feel like the first few issues were; lately is just feels like ‘the tales of Shadowcat and Colossus’ with the rest of the team just popping up as support.
Batwoman #7 (DC Comics) – Kate and her dad spend some time stranded in the first installment of the Fear and Loathing story arc.
Harley Quinn #28 (DC Comics) – Harley’s running for office. An anti-heroine for the people!
Harley Quinn Batman Day Special (DC Comics) – I’m all for anything Harley related especially when we get to see her toxic relationship fable with Joker. Here’s to hoping that she stays smart and stays single .
Luke Cage #5 ( Marvel) – It’s going down in New Orleans and I’ve got popcorn.
Top Pick: Batman: The Red Death #1 (DC Comics) – I’m all in with DC’s latest even Metal and this one gives us the scoop on one of the alternate worlds’ Batman. I’ve read it and holy crap is it good.
Catalyst Prime: Superb #3 (Lion Forge Comics) – I’ve been sucked into the Catalyst Prime world and this series is standing out in a teenage superhero sort of way that has enough different to make it a must read.
Dark Ark #1 (AfterShock) – You know the story of Noah… but what about that other ark?
Misbegotten: Runaway Nun #1 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – Haven’t read this yet but it feels like the grindhouse sort of concept and movie that I really enjoy.
World of Animosity #1 (AfterShock) – This amazing comic world expands with this new series and is absolutely a world you should be checking out if you haven’t already.
Jean Grey #7
(W) Dennis Hopeless (A) Alberto Jimenez (CA) David Yardin
In Shops: Sep 20, 2017
• Traveling the Marvel Universe preparing herself for her inevitable encounter with the Phoenix force, JEAN GREY has learned how to fight from the likes of Namor, Thor and Psylocke.
• But now she wants to know more about her opponent than the best way to punch it. She wants to know what makes it tick. She wants to know what it’s made of.
• And to learn that, she’ll go to one of the few women who’ve harnessed its power: Wanda Maximoff, THE SCARLET WITCH!
Jean Grey #6
(W) Dennis Hopeless (A) Paul Davidson (CA) David Yardin
In Shops: Aug 30, 2017
• When you’re a mutant telepath, you get used to hearing voices in your head.
• But what happens when one voice keeps you up at night and refuses to leave?
• Desperate for help, Jean seeks out a physician to diagnose her problem…
• Only under these circumstances, the only qualified clinician is the Master of Mystic Arts himself, DOCTOR STRANGE!
Jean Grey #5
(W) Dennis Hopeless (A) Anthony Piper (CA) David Yardin
In Shops: Aug 09, 2017
• After an adventure with the legendary God of Thunder himself, JEAN GREY realizes that fighting the Phoenix will take more than just mettle…it will take METAL.
• Luckily, there’s an X-Man who knows something about turning resolve into ordnance…
• Enter: PSYLOCKE!
It’s a post-Comic-Con week, and while fans are still buzzing about the upcoming Diamond Select Toys items they saw on display there, there are a ton of new DST items shipping to their local comic shop they can actually buy! From the Dark Knight to The Dark Tower, from mini-busts to Minimates, there’s something for every kind of collector at your local comic shop this week!
A Diamond Select Toys release! Riddle me this, riddle me that – who’s the Bat-foe with the most stylish hat? Joining DST’s epic line of resin busts based on Batman: The Animated Series, this bust of Edward Nygma, a.k.a. the Riddler, captures him in his suited look from the early seasons of the show. Measuring approximately 6 inches tall, this bust is in scale to other pieces in the series, and sits atop a pedestal base inspired by Gotham’s art-deco architecture. Packaged in a numbered, full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity, this bust is limited to just 3,000 pieces. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item # FEB172600, SRP: $59.99)
A Diamond Select Toys release! Quick, to the Bat-poles! Okay, so you haven’t installed those Bat-poles yet, but if you keep your spare change in this vinyl bank, you’ll save up for them in no time! Based on the bust of Shakespeare that unlocked the moving bookcase in the Batman Classic TV Series, this 20-inch tall vinyl bank features a working neck hinge, so you can tilt the head back to reveal a dial and button, as well as a real, working coin slot! With a coin access door hidden in the base, no one will suspect that this realistically painted bust is secretly a bank, or that you’re secretly Batman. Packaged in a full-color box. Sculpted by Paul Harding! (Item # JUN162388, SRP: $85.00)
A Diamond Select Toys release! Fore! Get ready for another round of Caddyshack Vinimates, based on the classic golf comedy! This nearly 4-inch vinyl figure of the Gopher is sculpted in the Minimates block-figure style, and features an articulated neck for further posing options. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. (Item # FEB172607, SRP: $9.99)
Dark Tower Movie Minimates Series 1 Box Set
A Diamond Select Toys Release! The epic novels by Stephen King are now an epic feature film, and DST is epically excited about it! This all-new box set of four Minimates mini-figures features four characters from the upcoming film – Jake, the Gunslinger, the Man in Black and a Tracker – each with up to 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts and accessories. All four figures come packaged on a full-color blister card. (Item # APR172628, SRP: $24.99)
Marvel Gallery Gwenpool PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys Release! When Gwenpool takes a selfie, it’s time to practice your selfie-defense! Coming from a world where everyone in the Marvel Universe is just a comic book character, Gwen Poole is a rookie mercenary on the rise, and she feels no guilt when her targets are fictional! This 9-inch sculpture, the first merchandise ever made of the hot new character, is made out of PVC plastic and features detailed sculpting and paint, atop a circular Gwenpool logo base. In scale to all Gallery and Femme Fatales PVC figures, Gwenpool comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira! (Item # DEC162562, SRP: $45.00)
A Diamond Select Toys Release! The Phoenix rises! The popular Marvel Gallery line of PVC dioramas continues with the first member of the Uncanny X-Men, the telepathic/telekinetic host of the Phoenix Force, Jean Grey! Standing approximately 10 inches tall, this diorama shows a happy Jean Grey in her classic green costume, hovering over a fiery Phoenix symbol! This PVC figure features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira! (Item # FEB172612, SRP: $45.00
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Prepare for the coming of the Odinson! The God of Thunder heralds the return of the Marvel Milestones line of statues, wearing his full armor as seen in Walt Simonson’s issues of the Marvel comic. Swinging his hammer Mjolnir, Thor hovers above the ground, ready to repel any horde that would lay waste to his beloved Asgard! Measuring approximately 18 inches tall, this statue’s production run is limited to only 1,000 pieces, and comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Sculpted by Phil Ramirez! (Item #JAN172646, SRP: $225.00)
A Diamond Select Toys release! Is the Marvel Retro line ready for…The Punisher?! Never released in the classic Mego toy line of yester-year, violent vigilante The Punisher is the latest Marvel character to get the 8-inch Retro action figure treatment from DST! This gift set features one classically-styled white-gloved Punisher figure, in a vintage-style box, plus two additional heads and outfits: a bandaged head with a trenchcoat and bullet-proof vest, and the civilian streetwear of veteran Frank Castle! With interchangeable heads, hands, costumes and accessories, you can display your Punisher however you want! Packaged in a full-color gift tray! Designed and sculpted by EMCE Toys! (Item# DEC162577, SRP: $80.00)
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Jean Grey #4
(W) Dennis Hopeless (A) Harvey Tolibao (CA) David Yardin
In Shops: Jul 12, 2017
• After an adventure with Namor, the Sub-Mariner, Jean Grey is more determined than ever to escape her predecessor’s fate and when the Phoenix comes for her, she will BEAT THAT BIRD DOWN.
• And to learn how to go toe-to-toe with a god, she’ll seek out training from a god…
• Enter: ODINSON!