JEAN GREY: Page 2 of 11

Publication Date: 19th Dec 2019
Written By: Peter Luzifer, Ruth and Monolith.


The time came when the original five X-Men HAD to be sent home. Young Cyclops had nearly been killed on a mission and the risk of keeping them in the future was more apparent than ever. Jean and Scott in particular weren't willing to return to live out their predestined fates, and Professor Kitty tried to insist that the choice to return mustn't be forced upon them. To drive the point home, another group of X-Men from even further in the future materialized in the mansion. They said the original five had never returned home in their timeline, and the end results were disastrous.

Jean was very suspicious of these new future X-Men and found they were blocking her telepathy. Concerned, she created a psychic link with Hank and told him her suspicions. Jean wanted to make a break for it, but Hank refused in order to gather more information before taking action. Jean then made the same suggestion to Cyclops telepathically, and Scott immediately took her up on it. They caused a distraction and ran out, stealing a Blackbird to make their escape.

Jean was burdened by the weight of her future destiny, her inevitable death, and the idea of others making her choices for her. She opened up to Scott for the first time since they got to the present, apologizing for pushing him away while trying to deny her own future. Scott fully accepted Jean's apology and thanked her for choosing him for their getaway. He was about to confess his feelings for her when their pursuers caught up with them. Jean telepathically called out to the future Cyclops' team for assistance, bringing another side into the fiasco.

Things became even more complicated when Jean learned that Lady Xorn of the future X-Men was her own future self, a young Jean Grey who grew up in the future without ever returning to the past. Xorn was so wrought by her future life that she was willing to undo her entire existence to send Jean and the others back to the past. In their psychic combat that followed, Xorn allowed Jean to see inside her head, and Jean learned of a future catastrophe caused by the original five remaining in the present.

Giving in to destiny, Jean told Scott to surrender as they reluctantly agreed to be sent home. The original five were assembled at Beast's time cube but, astonishingly, the device refused to accept them as passengers. The future X-Men also revealed they were actually the future Brotherhood, at odds with the real X-Men of the future. All this led to a climactic battle at Cape Citadel, where Lady Xorn seemingly died as her powers consumed her, and Jean watched her future self die for the third(?) time. [Battle of the Atom crossover]

When all the chaos was over, Professor Kitty declared the Jean Grey School hadn't supported her students when they needed it, so they were leaving. Jean and the others rejoined Angel when they fled to Cyclops' forces at the New Xavier School. It was a bittersweet reunion, for Hank felt rejected by Jean when she ran off with Scott, and Scott overheard the two of them talking about their kiss. Jean also had to cope with the varying levels of awe and jealousy that came from living with the future Cyclops, Emma Frost and the Stepford Cuckoos. [All-New X-Men (1st series) #18, Uncanny X-Men (3rd series) #15,18] The team dynamic continued to shift as the original five rescued X-23 from the Purifiers. A genetically engineered, female, teenage version of Wolverine, and young Cyclops had a crush on her. Kitty Pryde was quick to warn Jean that Laura was one of those people she was NEVER to probe telepathically without permission. [All-New X-Men (1st series) #19-21]

Jean's past and future sins came back to haunt her as the Shi'ar learned of her existence in the present. Majestor Kallark and the Imperial Guard had Jean kidnapped from Earth in order to hold her accountable for the Phoenix's destruction of the D'Bari star system. Kitty and the X-Men pursued the Shi'ar back to Chandrilar, along with the Starjammers and the Guardians of the Galaxy. Jean heard from Gladiator and Oracle the extent of her crimes, and was almost overwhelmed by the guilt she felt over the Phoenix's actions, misplaced as it might be.

However, she also heard from J-Son of Spartax how the Shi'ar had massacred her entire family, on the off chance the Phoenix chose hosts genetically. It was that thought which led Jean to escape confinement during her trial, knock out the Imperial Guard watching her and return to confront Gladiator directly. Alongside her friends, Jean discovered a new means of using her telepathic and telekinetic abilities together, harnessing mental energy from her surroundings and turning it into physical force. These new abilities distinguished her from the Phoenix of old to Oracle and the others, and made her far too dangerous to risk further conflict. The X-Men and their allies left Chandrilar with a stern warning to the Shi'ar to stay out of Earth affairs for their own well-being. [The Trial of Jean Grey crossover]

To Jean's disappointment, though, Cyclops decided to stay behind in space. He had just learned his father was alive as Corsair, captain of the Starjammers, and wanted time to get to know him again. Jean felt lost and abandoned with Scott gone, and was comforted by the unlikely presence of adult Cyclops. The two of them had deliberately avoided each other up until then, but they had a comfortable talk about Jean's feelings. When Jean reached out for adult Scott, however, he made very clear what the boundaries were between them. (Fortunately for him. Kitty Pryde was listening outside Jean's door, and she also made it very clear what would have happened to him if that exchange had gone a different way. Professor K is a ninja. Don't cross her.) [All-New X-Men (1st series) #26]

The X-Men were confronted again by the Brotherhood of the future, and Jean was psychically assaulted by Lady Xorn and Xavier II. She survived only on raw power and the surprise her new powers gave kid Xavier. After their close victory, Cyclops insisted on Jean begin training with Emma Frost to use her telepathy effectively. [All-New X-Men (1st series) #27-29] The training sessions began uncomfortably enough, as Emma used the opportunity to torment the younger self of her former rival. Jean was hard to provoke, however, since she had no problem with Emma and knew Emma's issues were with her other self. In order to provoke Jean into fighting back, Emma forced Jean to see her psychic affair with Cyclops, and the adult Jean catching them in the act. Still, after a psychic match with each other, the two women actually starting laughing and became friends [All-New X-Men (1st series) #30]

Jean and the X-Men had a series of harrowing adventures after that. They were deposited into the Ultimate Universe, where Jean met another version of herself. Each woman probed the other, seeing the scope of their triumphs and mistakes. [All-New X-Men (1st series) #31-36] Jean continued training with Emma Frost, spending time in Madripoor fighting the Blob as "on the job" practice. [All-New X-Men (1st series) #37] Finally, the X-Men traveled into space again to confront the power of the Black Vortex. Jean was tempted by the cosmic power offered by the Vortex, but the haunting "memory" of the Phoenix Force kept her from submitting to its siren call. [Black Vortex crossover] Jean also made the decision for herself to yank Iceman out of the closet, forcing both the younger and older Bobby Drake to come to terms with being gay. Although both Icemen ultimately benefited from facing the truth, neither of them really appreciated Jean's actions. [All-New X-Men (1st series) #40, Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #600]

In the end, Jean decided she needed a break from the mutant community and "defending the mutant race." She wanted a chance at a normal life for a time. She made a point of returning Henry's feelings before she left, and they shared another kiss. However, this never blossomed into a real relationship and, a few months later, Jean described it as "kissing her brother." [Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #600, Extraordinary X-Men #2]

Jean became a college student at Empire State University, living and learning among normal humans for several months. These were some of the worst months in mutant history, though. The Terrigen mists seeded in the atmosphere by the Inhumans months earlier proved to be toxic to the mutant race, creating an illness nicknamed "M-Pox" wherever the mists fell. The older Cyclops seemingly sacrificed his life to destroy one of the two Terrigen clouds, and the Inhuman propaganda machine apparently spun this to make Cyclops a hated terrorist posthumously, making mankind fear mutants even more.

Jean was approached by Storm and Iceman, who were desperately recruiting to support X-Haven, a survival colony of mutants transplanted to Limbo of all places in order to be safe from the cloud. Jean initially refused, but was drawn back into the mix while walking home with a guy from her class. A group of men were beating a boy in the alleyway for being "one of those dangerous, infected mutants." When Jean stepped in to defend him with her powers, her classmate freaked out about "kissing a mutie." Even the boy she saved refused Jean's help, as he was actually an Inhuman, not a mutant. Jean realized she just couldn't ignore what was happening in the world anymore.

Instead of going straight to X-Haven, Jean traveled to Canada, where she had detected the thought patterns of Wolverine. The Logan she knew had died months before, and Jean learned this "Old Man Logan" was a survivor of Battleworld who washed up on the shores of their reality. Old Logan had stayed away from the X-Men because, in his reality, Logan had murdered the X-Men while under the influence of Mysterio's illusions. Jean reached out to Logan and promised to stand by him, protecting his mind from any future attack on his senses. Through this bizarre, time-tossed friendship, Jean and Logan returned to the X-Men. [Extraordinary X-Men #1-5]