Over the last few months, Marvel has been revealing a whole host of new X-Men titles spinning out of the upcoming Fall of X event that promises to shake Krakoa to its core. Today the publisher announced that legendary comics writer Louise Simonson and artist Bernard Chang are launching a new Jean Grey ongoing series this August. No additional members of the creative team were announced. The first issue features a cover drawn by Amy Reeder.
For those who haven’t been keeping with the X-Men comics, after seemingly dying for the the final time almost two decades ago in the pages of Grant Morrison’s New X-Men run, Jean Grey rose from the ashes like her former moniker in the Phoenix Resurrection miniseries. The character previously received her first ongoing series, focusing on the time displaced version of Jean Grey, back in 2017.
Here’s how Marvel described the new series:
FALL OF X will officially kick off in July’s X-MEN: HELLFIRE GALA #1 where epic tragedy will strike and mutantkind’s future will spiral into uncertainty. Throughout this period of turmoil, Jean Grey, the heart of the X-Men, holds the key to rescue mutantkind, but first she’ll need to go on a journey alone into the darkest periods of her history. Joined by artist Bernard Chang (Children of the Atom), Simonson will reveal senses-shattering new insights behind key moments in Jean’s past including her early days with the X-Men, her breathtaking first interaction with the Phoenix Force, her shocking confrontation with Madelyne Pryor, and more. Each chapter will be packed with heartbreaking secrets and pulse-pounding mystery as Jean discovers the truth of what’s happening and what she must do… From the ashes of Jean’s past comes the only hope for the X-Men’s salvation!
After the events of the Hellfire Gala, Jean’s life is in shambles. Mutantkind is in dire straits – and there’s nothing this founding X-Man can do. She’ll have to save herself first. And that means looking into her past – for the moment when it all went wrong – in a desperate attempt to save her and all Krakoa’s future!
Louise Simonson is no stranger to the X-Men franchise having worked on classic runs on X-Factor and New Mutants. She expressed great excitement at the opportunity to revisit the character:
“I loved writing X-Factor and Jean was a pivotal part of those stories, from the escape from her Phoenix-created cocoon to her life and death battle with the Goblin Queen in ‘Inferno.’ So It’s really exciting to explore Jean’s part in this new mega-adventure
“Jean has always been a pivotal character, the fulcrum upon which so many vital story points balance. She has been constantly impacted by events outside herself and struggles to control the things she can. Her life experiences have made her cautious, less impulsive and certain than when she was younger. Her telepathic power lets her know the best and worst of those around her but she remains loving and empathic, with a strong moral core. She’s brave and constantly questions herself: Did I do what was right?”
Look for Jean Grey #1 to arrive in stores and digitally on Wednesday, August 23rd.