PHOENIX IV: Page 6 of 11

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12th April 2007

BIOGRAPHY - Page 5
Scott’s baby was brought to Madelyne, who was now called the Goblyn Queen. Her latent powers had been awakened after being corrupted the demons S’ym and N’astirh. The two demons from Limbo were trying to invade Earth, and they wanted Madelyne to sacrifice her own son for them to gain even more power and stabilize an energy portal between their dimension and New York City. X-Factor managed to track them, as Jean - despite having no telepathy to speak of - had formed an immediate psychic rapport with little Christopher. This was not too surprising, considering what they and Madelyne were soon to learn: Sinister had wanted Jean for her genetic potential but didn’t dare to abduct her when she was a child, due to her connection with Xavier. Therefore, he stole some of her DNA and created a clone - Madelyne who had been given life and awareness, via a portion of the Phoenix Force that had copied Jean’s personality patterns and memories. Sinister had then programmed Madelyne to fall in love with Scott Summers, as he wanted to make use of their potentially quite powerful offspring.

During the incident, X-Factor also ran into the X-Men - a meeting that proved tense, considering that the X-Men suffered from the demonic influence all of Manhattan was under and had been manipulated by Madelyne to believe that X-Factor were still mutant hunters. It didn’t help that a passionate kiss from Wolverine reminded Jean of her buried attraction towards him. The two teams fought until Jean and Storm confronted each other: the two best friends were happy that the other was alive and the two teams started working together against their true enemies, the demons. In order for both teams to compare notes, Psylocke telepathically linked with Jean, thus restoring Jean’s telepathy for the briefest of moments. This made Jean realize all the more how much she missed this aspect of her powers.

Discovering that Madelyne was their true foe, X-Men and X-Factor worked together. While the others were busy fighting the demons, Jean and Madelyne eventually found themselves separated from the others in a telekinetic bubble. Having learned of her origins, Madelyne hated Jean so much that she killed herself and forced Jean into a mental bond, trying to drag her down into death with her. In order to survive, Jean was forced to reintegrate the portion of soul, essence and life-force of herself that from Phoenix II had gone to Maddie, the portion which she had previously subconsciously rejected. Along with it, she also got Madelyne’s and Phoenix’s memories and personalities too. Having barely had time to digest all that happened, Jean found herself under a psychic attack by Mr. Sinister. After losing the clone, he now wanted the original, and therefore attempted to erase Jean‘s memories while she was in a vulnerable state with the intention to later reprogram her in his image. With the help of Psylocke, Cyclops and Storm entered Jean’s mind and convinced her splintered personalities to fight back and drive Mr. Sinister from her mind. [Inferno crossover]

Right after Madelyne’s funeral, X-Factor ran into Nanny and the Orphanmaker again, this time managing to free Jean’s nephew and niece. While the children were still unwilling to accept Jean, whom they were brainwashed into believing was her enemy, they did recognize their grandparents -Jean’s parents - and were left in their care. [X-Factor (1st series) #40] There was still no trace of the kids‘ mother, Jean’s missing sister, Sara.

Shortly afterwards, X-Factor’s ship was hijacked and took off to the stars with the team aboard. The experience of soaring through space again triggered the Phoenix personality in Jean’s head, and Madelyne’s personality also surfaced, once again trying to force the body to commit suicide. As if this wasn’t already enough to deal with, X-Factor eventually found themselves on a war-torn planet that was about to be judged by the Celestials. Separated from each other, the various members aided some rivaling native factions, and the constant switching back and forth between the three personalities left Jean nigh catatonic. [X-Factor (1st series) #43, 46]

Reminding the different races that they would all die when the Celestials would destroy the planet, X-Factor managed to convince them to work together. When they were reunited, Cyclops helped the Jean side to focus and gain some control. She then acted as a vessel to all the natives‘ souls and will-power, which were to be unleashed against the Celestials. However, she feared that wielding that much power would cause the Phoenix persona inside her to succumb to the dark side again. That’s why she released the vast energies into Cyclops, who acted as some sort of lens to fire this energy at the Celestials. It was enough to make the powerful aliens leave the planet, for it to be judged again when they would visit next. While celebrating their victory, Jean discovered that, with the blast, the personalities of Madelyne and Phoenix had been purged from her system. Only their memories remained, though not as if she had lived them but more like faded stories. [X-Factor (1st series) #48-50]

Returning to Earth, Scott asked Jean to marry him but she surprisingly refused. It wasn’t that she didn’t love him, but she felt that everyone took their eventually getting married for granted. Having the memories of Scott‘s earlier proposals to both Phoenix and Madelyne only emphasized the feeling that their entire relationship was pre-ordained. To defend her right to make her own decisions, Jean turned Scott down and she took a brief leave of absence to come to terms with that. [X-Factor (1st series) #53-54]
After she came back to the team, Scott reassured Jean that he understood her reasons and they agreed to forget about the proposal. [X-Factor (1st series) #56]

Regardless, she soon found herself in a similar situation when she met Rachel Summers. Presented with this young woman, who was Jean‘s time-traveling daughter from an alternate future timeline, Jean once more felt cheated of the chance to live her life in her own way. As such, she was not willing to accept Rachel. [X-Factor Annual #5, Uncanny X-Men Annual #14]

Several months later, X-Factor found themselves under attack by the Dark Riders, agents of Apocalypse. One of their number, the telepath Psynapse, attacked Jean, mentally tortured her and rifled through her memories. In the process, he made Jean relive the death of her childhood friend, Annie. The traumatic event that had once before catalyzed her latent telepathic powers now did so again, allowing her to take Psynapse out. [X-Factor (1st series) #65]

Apocalypse’s troops still succeeded in stealing Cyclops‘ son, who was later infected by Apocalypse with a techno-organic virus. In order to save the baby’s life, Cyclops had no other choice to hand the baby over to a time-traveler from the future, who claimed that he could be saved in her era. In the days that followed, Jean tried to comfort her lover as good as possible. [X-Factor (1st series) #68]

Before long, it was discovered that the supreme telepath known as the Shadow King had taken over the minds of the residents of the Muir Island Research Facility. Most X-Men were captured by the residents when they tried to stop the Shadow King, so Xavier enlisted the help of both X-Factor and SHIELD. After the villain was defeated, X-Factor decided to rejoin the X-Men. Having so many members available, the X-Men were divided into two strikeforces. Cyclops was in charge of the Blue team, whereas Jean was placed on the squad led by Storm. [X-Factor (1st series) #70, X-Men (2nd series) #1]

In one of her first missions among the “Gold Team,“ Jean attended a party of the Hellfire Club, as the White Queen, Emma Frost, wanted to reach a truce with the X-Men. Jean and her teammates found themselves drawn into a fight when Frost and her students, the Hellions, were attacked by Trevor Fitzroy and a set of Sentinels. The mutant hunting robots counter-measured many of the assembled mutants‘ powers, either seriously injuring or killing them. Jean was also among the victims, and was actually believed dead, however she survived by taking a very risky gamble. A split second before the Sentinels‘ final assault on her, she transferred her consciousness into the comatose body of fellow telepath Emma Frost. Afterwards, Jean needed the help of Charles Xavier to extricate her psyche from Frost’s body and return it to her own.[Uncanny X-Men #281-283]

Over time, Jean came to realize that she really wanted to marry Scott. The first person she told this was Rachel, with whom Jean wanted to make up for not being able to accept her at first. Soon, after Jean‘s proposal to Scott, the couple got married at the Xavier estate with friends, family and teammates attending the ceremony. [Excalibur (1st series) #71, Uncanny X-Men #308, X-Men (2nd series) #30]