X-Men Forever (1st series) #3

Issue Date: 
March 2001
Story Title: 
Chapter Three: All Of God's Creatures ...

Fabian Nicieza (writer, storyteller), Kevin Maguire (penciler, storyteller), Andrew Pepoy (inker), Richard Starkings & Comicraft’s Saida (lettering), Paul Mounts (color art), Pete Franco and Brian Smith (assistant editors), Mark Powers and Ralph Macchio (editors), Joe Quesada (editor in chief)

Brief Description: 

Jean’s mind jumps into Phoenix II after she died, and talks to Death in the afterlife. She learns that the fundamental powers of the universe are scared of her more than anything else, as her choice to accepts the Force‘s offer demostrates mankind unquenchable desire to grow. The group jumps back again and Phoenix is piloting the shuttle back to Earth, being poisoned by radiation. Prosh offers her to change history and not allow the Force to take her place. Jean is uable to decide, as both decisions have major consequences. Prosh tells her she she doesn’t have to choose, he wanted her to thinks the options. They jump back again to right after the original X-Men fought Juggernaut. Phoenix reads Xavier’s computer and learns he always knew of the unlimited potential of her and Iceman. They jump again to a point before the X-Men were formed and Magneto recruits the Toad.

Full Summary: 

(Timejump 4)

Phoenix II has just died on the moon. The comic entity called the Phoenix Force had created a body for itself based on Jean’s genetic structure, but it was the residual spirit of Jean Grey that willed the entity to end ist existance. Now timetraveling to important events in history, the real Jean Grey’s mind has been transported into Phoenix II. She finds herself with the cosmic construction worker. He says she’s one of the few people he’s done this twice for, except both times are the same time. The construction worker is Death, and she is in the afterlife. Death tells her that she chose the Phoenix Force as much as she chose it. She asks him why it chose her, and he says that’s the interesting part.
Elsewhere, Mystique is gathering the new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants to assassinate Senator Kelly. Toad is happy running an amusement park, Juggernaut is at Cassidy Keep with Black Tom Cassidy and Theresa Rourke, while Iceman is attending Jean Grey’s funeral.
Back in the afterlife, Death tells Jean that she hungered for the Phoenix Force. When she saw its incredible power, she yearned for growth. Death shows Phoenix the Universal Forces and tells her they are scared of her more than anything else. Death tells her that because she is human, mutant, and the unlimited potential of mankind meets the unquenchable desire to grow, she represents a legitimate challenge to the fabric of reality. Then the harnesses activate again.
(Timejump 5)

Toad is in Rikers Island Prison after impersonating The Stranger and being defeated by the Avengers. Iceman is at his first day at UCLA, a few days before he and Angel form the Champions. Mystique as disguised as the FBI’s Director Duncan, and she is congratulating Senator Kelly on his election. Juggernaut is again at Cassidy Keep, just before the new X-Men came to battle him and Black Tom.
Phoenix is piloting the shuttle back down to Earth; her telekinetic shield has given way and she is suffering from radiation. Prosh comes and says he is sorry for making her experience the pain, but he needed to remind her of the consequences and give her the option to change her decision, which would create a new timeline. She says it’s a difficult choice, not accepting the Phoenix Force’s offer will mean that the universe will be destroyed as she can’t repair the M’kraan Crystal. Jean is unable make a choice, and Prosh says that he does not intend to make her decide, he only wanted her to think of the options. Then he sends them back in time again.
(Timejump 6)

Phoenix is woken up telepathically by Professor Xavier, who tells her she is late for her morning class. She goes to the Danger Room and finds the original X-Men training, Iceman among them and welcoming her. They had just fought the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants again, who were trying to recruit the Stranger, and then they barely survived against Juggernaut. Juggernaut is currently in prison. Mystique, who is trying to clean blood off of her, is comforted by Destiny. Toad is being held captive for examination by the Stranger, along with Magneto.
Back at the mansion, Xavier says he expects a better performance once they have fully recovered. Phoenix observes Xavier working on his computer, and then goes into his office once he leaves. She discovers that already back then, Xavier knew that she and Iceman had much more potential. Especially Iceman is far from even grasping his full abilities and in time they both might reach unlimited power levels. Iceman comes in and says that so far this timetravels have been easy for him, and the group is transported back in time again.
(Timejump 7)

Mystique is beaten up by a group of Hydra agents. Phoenix is a freshman in high school. Iceman always seems to have a cold. Juggernaut is still working his way out of the rubble in Korea. Toad is being recruited by Magneto for the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.

Characters Involved: 

Phoenix IV





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Phoenix II


Black Tom Cassidy

Theresa Rourke / Siryn

Avalanche, Blob, Destiny, Pyro (all Brotherhood of Evil Mutants III)

Angel, Beast, Cyclops, Storm, Professor Xavier (all X-Men)

John and Elaine Grey

Sarah Grey-Bailey

Paul Bailey

Lilandra Neramani
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Senator Robert Kelly

Black Tom Cassidy

Phoenix Force
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Angel, Beast, Cyclops, Professor Xavier (all X-Men)



The Stranger
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Hydra agents

Story Notes: 

Prosh mentions sentient life forms who have aspired or attained god-like powers which incorporate aspects of the fundamental forces of the universe. The illustrating image shows Graviton, Maelstrom, the High Evolutionary, the Stranger, Thanos, Adam Warlock, Loki, Belasco and Dormammu.
Timejump 4 :

Phoenix II began losing control, fought the X-Men and ultimately sacrificed herself in the legendary Uncanny X-Men #129-137.
“Jean Grey“ encountered Death in the back-up story in Classic X-Men #43.
Jean Grey’s funeral occurred in Uncanny X-Men #138.
The new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants tried to assassinate Senator Kelly in Uncanny X-Men #141-142.
Toad opened an amusement park after the events of Marvel Two-in-One #68.
Black Tom Cassidy was keeping the existance of Banshee’s daughter Theresa Rourke secret from him.
Timejump 5 :

Jean saved the X-Men and piloted the shuttle to a water-logged landing in Uncanny X-Men #100-101.During this flight, Jean encountered the Phoenix Force as shown in Fantastic Four (1st series) #286 and Classic X-Men #8, where also her tragic radiation poisoning was depicted.
Juggernaut and Black Tom Cassidy first joined forces against the X-Men in Uncanny X-Men #101-103.
Toad was imprisoned after battling the Avengers wirth technology stolen from the Stranger in Avengers (1st series) #137-138.
Bobby Drake and Warren Worthington III attended UCLA in Champions #1.
Timejump 6 :

The X-Men encountered the Stranger in Uncanny X-Men #11. The alien departed with Magneto and Toad as mutant specimen.
The original X-Men fought the Juggernaut in Uncanny X-Men #12-13.

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