Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Reader's Diary #1726- Dennis Hopeless (writer), Victor Ibanez (artist): Jean Grey Nightmare Fuel 1

It was only through the recent Marvel Generations collection that I even heard Marvel had been doing a new story line with a teenage version of Jean Grey, the supremely powerful, often dangerous X-Man.I was intrigued enough to pick up the first arc even though I've always been somewhat lukewarm on the character.

I did learn a few things that I hadn't before; though I've read some past issues involving Jean Grey as the Dark Phoenix (i.e., when she turns bad), but I don't recall anything about a connection to a cosmic bird god that is behind all the destruction. In this new book a teenage Jean Grey from another time line (I think; who can keep up with the X-Men's time traveling adventures?), who knows what happened to the other adult Jean Grey and is horrified to learn that the Phoenix (the cosmic bird god) is now stalking her as well. She needs to stop this and stop it now.

Still, the verdict is out whether or not I will grow to appreciate the character more. She's certainly strong, intelligent, and determined, but I don't think she's yet risen above the far-fetched plot for me. This is not entirely a criticism as I'm interested enough that I wouldn't rule out reading future volumes, but I think I'll still want a bit more character development before I'm won over.

The art is fine and coloured well but nothing groundbreaking.

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