Wow, that’s a lot of redheads! Dennis Hopeless is the scribe on Jean Grey’s first ongoing solo series, with artist Victor Ibanez drawing the young mutant’s solo adventures. but it’s David Yardin who illustrated this amazing variant cover to the second issue.
Based on a famous Norman Rockwell painting, the variant features every known human and mutant host of the Phoenix Force, from the past to the present, playing telephone across the cover… and the multiverse.
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From top left to bottom right, we have the star of the series, the time-displaced teenage Jean, Rachel Summers, Hope Summers, Quentin Quire, Cyclops, Magik, Colossus, Namor, Emma Frost, the Stepford Cuckoos, the original Jean Grey (or perhaps her clone, Madelyne Pryor), Rachel Grey, the Phoenix force posing as Jean Grey, the Phoenix Force itself, and a young Jean. That’s a complicated history. Cyclops, Magik, Colossus, Namor, and Emma were part of the Phoenix Five during Avengers Vs. X-Men, and Quentin, Emma and the Stepford Cuckoos encountered the Phoenix Force in the Phoenix: Endsong and Phoenix: Warsong series. The other weilders are all connected to Jean’s family in some way whether directly, through cloning, through time travel, or through alternate universes. Comics can get pretty crazy, and none more so than X-Men. Untangling those relationships is what the new Jean Grey series is all about!
The new series doesn’t star the original Jean Grey, but the younger Teen Jean who originally appeared in All-New X-Men due to some time traveling shenanigans. Teen Jean is fully aware of everything that happened to her predecessor, and wants to live her own life, avoiding the many, many tragedies that beset the older hero. That’s a heavy burden, and dealing with it is the core of the series.
“Jean Grey” #2 is available in comic stores today.