In addition to recently revealing some striking new covers for X-Men Gold, the House of Ideas is offering yet another glimpse into the future when it comes to that family of books, specifically Jean Grey. Although she was one of the first mutants to appear in the Marvel Universe, she has never had her own solo series, as hard as that may be to believe.
Well, that all changes this spring when writer Dennis Hopeless and artist Victor Ibanez plot the course for the fan favorite character. And, not surprisingly, her dealing with being a potential host for the Phoenix Force will be one of the series’ cornerstones.
Knowing that the Phoenix Force will probably be central to the plot of the next major entry in the film franchise, which seems to be titled X-Men: Supernova, this new comic book couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. Marvel has certainly been on point lately when it comes to situations such as this, when you factor in that launches for All-New Guardians of the Galaxy, The Defenders and Luke Cage are also on the immediate horizon.
Getting back to the topic at hand, Hopeless recently had the following to say to CBR:
“Jean is trying to avoid her older self’s Phoenix curse and the tortured life that comes with it. In the beginning, Jean won’t know exactly what that means or how to go about it, but she’s dedicated. The series follows Jean as she travels around learning about The Phoenix and preparing herself (trying at least) for the inevitable battle. I can’t wait for everyone to see what we have in store.”
Jean Grey #1 is set to arrive in comic shops this May, but, in the meantime, you can check out David Yardin’s cover for the second issue below.