No matter what we do in the course of our lives as X-Men… we end up in torture and disaster.
Jean Grey All-New X-Men #28
Maybe this way we finally get to be happy…
Name: Jean Grey
First Appearance: X-Men #1 (1963)
Aliases: Marvel Girl, Red, Jeannie, Phoenix, Dark Phoenix, White Phoenix of the Crown
Teams: X-Men, X-Factor
As a mutant, Jean Grey is one of the most powerful psis on the planet, having two types of psychic powers: telekinesis and telepathy. At the peak of her powers, Jean could lift 50 tons using her telekinesis. When accessing the Phoenix Force, Jean’s powers are magnified, able to manipulate matter on the subatomic level, making her one of the most powerful forces in the entire marvel universe.
At the age of ten, Jean Grey’s telepathic powers surfaced at the time her friend was hit by a car, causing Jean to experience all of her friend’s emotions as she died. With the help of Charles Xavier, Jean was able to gain control of her powers. Eventually joining Charles Xavier at the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters, Jean became a part of the original five X-Men. Together, they had many missions, all to fulfill Xavier’s dream of humans and mutants living together peacefully. When returning from one mission, Jean piloted a space shuttle back to Earth. The radiation she dealt with overwhelmed her and at this point, the cosmic entity known as the Phoenix Force offered its help. When Jean accepted, a copy of her body was made, while Jean’s original body recovered in a stasis cocoon at the bottom of Jamaica Bay. While the Phoenix lived her life, became the Dark Phoenix, and destroyed herself, Jean recovered in the cocoon until found by the Avengers.
At this point, Jean rejoined the other original X-Men and began X-Factor to protect mutants. After dealing with Apocalypse and his horsemen, the original five disbanded X-Factor and eventually returned to the X-Men. Jean was killed by a Magneto imposter and remained in the White Hot Room until the Shi’ar tried to reconstitute and destroy the Phoenix Force. Following the events of Endsong, Jean remains in the White Hot Room, attempting to reassemble the pieces of the Phoenix that are spread across space. In current comics, the teenage Jean Grey has been brought into current continuity along with the other original X-Men. She deals with the knowledge of her life as well as the consequences of decisions made by the people closest in her life.
X-Men Origins: Jean Grey
X-Men Volume 1 (#101-108, #129-138)
X-Factor Volume 1 (#1-70)
X-Men Volume 2 (#1-113)
New X-Men #114-156 (continues from X-Men Vol. 2)
X-Men: Phoenix Endsong (#1-5)
All New X-Men #1-Current (currently ongoing)
Jean Grey | All-New X-Men #024
by Esad Ribic
Stumbled across these fantastic depictions of the X-men that I had to share. Artist Daniel Barajas is pretty frickin impressive. I love the way he has re-imagined these characters. Check out the rest of his work, here.
A trippy sequence of panels from New X-Men #121, by Frank Quitely
Jean Grey is inside Professor X’s mind, trying to free him from possession by his evil twin (yes, really). She uses the bricks from that big arch behind her to build a bridge out the tower where the Professor is imprisoned.
Notice her hair making the shape of the Phoenix emblem in the last panel. :)
(During that particular month in 2001, Marvel had some kind of challenge for all its creators — tell a story without using any dialogue. I think Morrison and Quitely succeeded admirably in doing that!)
…to sacrifice her life to save us.
Jean Grey commission. This paper is tricky.