"New York, New York". Do you feel like singing some Frank Sinatra? That's probably because New York Comic Con is going on right now. Sadly, I am not there to enjoy the awesome geek ride that is NYCC, now that I think about it, I have not been to New York in over five year. I am glad the internet is around to allow information travel to us people who are far away from the "Big Apple".
The Cup O' Joe Panel at NYCC had a few big reveals but the biggest one might just involve a well known "fire bird". CBR.com describes it to those who were not present:
"The recent Marvel teasers saying "It's Coming" saw a bit of a reveal as an image was shown featuring the Phoenix. Whether that means a return for Jean Grey has yet to be seen as the only information given were the names Aaron, Bendis, Brubaker, Coipel, Fraction, Hickman, Kubert and Romita, Jr. At sight of the image, Brevoort said the first step towards this Phoenix story will be seen in the upcoming "Point One" issue the publisher is prepping now."
I guess there is something coming. Will that involve Jean? Who knows, but I bet you were never this excited for a 'Point One' issue since Amazing Spider-Man #654.1 came out a few months ago.
If I had to make an educated guess, based on all the names involved on the teaser, I am guessing this will revolve around next year's Marvel event, once the repercussions of Fear Itself, Schism and Children's Crusade are resolved.
The last time we saw Jean was in Phoenix: Endsong but there have been glimpses of the Phoenix Force (and Jean) in the X-Men books recently. Besides the obvious Phoenix/Jean resemblance in Hope Summers, Emma Frost has been having a lot of visions and dreams that involve our favorite 'fire bird'. Emma recently dealt with some psychological manipulation from the Phoenix Force in Uncanny X-Men #542 where it said:
"Scott loved her in a way he will never love you. And she always comes back."
I guess this is even more true now. Plus, I am sure it is no coincidence that "it's coming" shortly after Wolverine's new school, The Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, opens and Jean's "children" (X-Man and Rachel Summers) re-join the ranks of the X-Men in Regenesis.
It has been over five years since Jean returned to the mainstream line of Marvel books, what do you think?
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