The Phoenix Resurrection miniseries has been billed as the series that would bring back the original Jean Grey from the dead but now fans are getting more then what they were expecting.
Warning: Spoilers Ahead For Issue #1
Phoenix Resurrection is written by Matthew Rosenberg. The art in the first issue is by Leinil Francis Yu. Now, this is going to be interesting, because this is going to be a strange and surreal experience that will feature several supposedly dead X-Men characters.
These dead characters start showing up when the X-Men get split into 3 groups to investigate a mysterious mutant phenomenon that is occurring outside of New York City. This incident involves two catatonic children, that are floating in midair. The X-Men are able to trace the power signature back to 3 different locations: the old Hellfire Club, a castle in Europe, and the North Pole.
Starting out at the Hellfire Club, the X-Men encounter several Hellfire guards, along with Jubilee. She ends up using her teeth to taste them and confirms they are not human. At the castle, Rogue battles Sheamus Mellencamp, who was a former member of Magneto’s Acolytes, but he died some years ago. At the North Pole, they encounter Wolverine, who is dressed in full costume and is not particularity verbal. All of these characters disappear after their brief fights with the X-Men.
Things got weirder when the Phoenix Force appeared in the sky and issue then cuts to Jean Grey, who is grown up and an adult working at a diner. She serves coffee to a man referenced as “Mr. Cassidy,” who could almost be traced back to being dead X-Man Banshee. It is worth pointing out that Banshee was resurrected years ago as a Horseman of Death, and was then handed over to the X-Men. Beast even said that it would take years to heal him of the influence of the Dead Seed. And yet he still hasn’t been healed since.
Cutting back to Jean, her boss’s name is Annie, which seems like it is a reference to the young girl that was killed being hit by a car. And when that event happened, that was the start of Jean manifesting her telepathic powers. Now that event is referenced at the beginning of the issue.
Things get stranger at the end of the issue as Jean ends up having dinner with her long-dead parents. What’s even weirder is Jean’s parents invited over a dinner guest and the guest was no other than Scott “Cyclopes” Summers, who has been dead since the events of Death of X.
I’m completely unsure how these characters are coming back from the dead, but lucky we don’t have to wait a while for the next issue to be released. This miniseries is being released weekly, and the first issue is for sale.