After dropping a video to celebrate the years of Jean Grey that ended with the revelation that the returning Jean is getting her own X-Men title, Marvel Comics has released some new information about this upcoming X-Men Red series. Written by Tom Taylor (All-New Wolverine) with art from Mahmud Asrar (All-New All-Different Avengers) the February launching series will spin out of the 5-part Phoenix Resurrection series which finds Jean returning from the dead after thirteen years.
“As an X-Men fan, as a Jean Grey fan, as a Mahmud Asrar fan, and as a Travis Charest fan, to be asked to write X-MEN RED is a dream,” said series writer Tom Taylor. “The time is right for an X-Men book like this, and I’m very excited about the story we’re telling in these pages. I’m excited for Jean Grey’s vision for the world, and I can’t wait for Marvel readers to meet our team of established fan-favorites and brand new mutants, and to see them in action. To write a core X-Men book is to walk in the footsteps of giants, so I’m hoping my secret mutant ability is sudden foot-growth.”
“Jean Grey has been one of my favorite characters ever since the Dark Phoenix Saga, so I’m pretty excited to be a part of her return,” added series artist Mahmud Asrar. “The stories we plan to tell really captures the essence of the X-Men I read lovingly growing up. It’s just a delight to be working with this team. I have been working on many components of this book, including the designs of the characters old and new, and I haven’t been this eager to see the response to this book in a long while.”
There is no word on who will be joining Jean on the team at this point, likely so as not to spoil some of the upcoming miniseries, but Marvel’s release promises there will be new uniforms, a new team headquarters and some new characters featuring in the series.
“Tom has captured the spirit of a quintessential X-Men book,” said series editor Mark Paniccia. “It’s got dynamic hero moments, great character interactions, and a surprise villain at the end. Mahmud is doing some of the best work of his career, going into this fully charged and designing cool new costumes for our eclectic team. I’m thrilled to have Travis on covers for this series. I’ve always thought of him as one of the industry’s best artists. It’s a real honor to have him as part of the X-MEN RED crew.”
Jean was killed by Magneto at the end of Grant Morrison’s “Planet X” storyline in New X-Men back in 2003, shortly before the writer wrapped up his run with Marvel’s merry mutants. Over the years the publisher has teased her possible return but it never lasted for long.
In 2012 fans were given a Jean Grey to follow again as her time displaced younger self was brought to the future alongside the rest of the original five members. Currently that version of Jean runs the X-Men Blue team, but if that will continue after the upcoming arcs and with older Jean’s return is unclear.
X-Men Red arrives in February.