These days, people don’t take comic book deaths seriously – and there’s a reason for that. Basically, pretty much any hero or villain to have bitten to the dust returns at some point, usually within a few years when it comes to deaths that have occurred in this decade. Still, there are a few to never have been undone or have stuck for quite some time.
One such example is that of Jean Grey, whom the House of Ideas will be bringing back later this year in the five-issue limited series, Phoenix Resurrection and, subsequently, in 2018’s X-Men Red. But before you commence any eye rolling, take a moment to think about how an event such as this will impact mutants at large and what kind of stories can be told.
Quite frankly, the emergence of yet another ongoing shouldn’t surprise us, especially when you take the recent success of the Blue and Gold books into account. Plus, with several unique Avengers teams running around in the 616, is it really so unbelievable that another cadre of mutants couldn’t work?
As of now, we don’t know who else will make up this team led by Jean, but Marvel is teasing “new uniforms, a new team headquarters, and exciting new characters” and, in the usual round of hyperbole, that this is “the series X-fans have been waiting for.” Regardless, the knowledge that writer Tom Taylor (All-New Wolverine) and artist Mahmud Asrar (All-New, All-Different Avengers Generations: The Unworthy Thor & The Mighty Thor) have been enlisted as the creative team is enough to capture our interest.
X-Men Red is slated to arrive in comic shops in February of 2018.