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Monday, December 11

#5 Jean Grey

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#5 is the only Class 5 mutant, the green-eyed, red haired Jean Grey. She has telepathy-telekinesis-psionically levitate and move matter. She is one serious house of powers.

Using the codenames Marvel Girl and later Phoenix, Jean Grey is best known as a member of the X-Men. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist/co-writer Jack Kirby, she first appears in X-Men #1 (September 1963).

Jean Grey is a mutant born with vast telepathic and telekinetic powers. She is a caring, nurturing figure, but she also must deal with being an Omega-level mutant and the physical manifestation of the cosmic Phoenix Force.

Jean Grey is also the type of superhero that I love: a smart, strong female, dealing with inner demons, outer pressures, and has suffered through dark days. (now hers as Phoenix are beyond the regular gal problems, but can be used as a metaphor. Dark Phoenix appears and Jean Grey scorches the Earth. In the end Jean is redeemed by the I-wasn't-Dark know, that old excuse.

The Dark Phoenix Saga is an extended X-Men storyline in the fictional Marvel Comics Universe, focusing on Jean Grey and the Phoenix Force, ending in Grey's apparent death. It was written by Chris Claremont with art by Dave Cockrum and John Byrne.

It is sometimes divided into two parts, with the Phoenix Saga (X-Men [vol. 1] #101-108, 1976-1977) referring to Grey's seeming assumption of the power and repair of the M'Kraan Crystal, and the Dark Phoenix Saga (X-Men [vol. 1] #129-138, 1980) to her corruption and fall. It is one of the most well-known and heavily referenced comic stories, and widely considered a classic.
, wikipedia.

Kurt Busiek's (then a college student) solution to Jean being innocent of Dark Phoenix's crimes(involved the discovery that Jean Grey was still on the bottom of Jamaica Bay in suspended animation, and the Phoenix entity had used her body and mind as a lens, creating an immensely powerful duplicate of Jean, but a duplicate which grew more corrupted and distorted the longer it remained separate from the true Jean. Chris Clairmont was completely opposed to this and John Byrne's retcon of of the origin of Dark Phoenix.

Jean Grey first X-woman
This site has the Jean Grey-all, biographies, pictures from the early years, to the Phoenix years, to the X-factor years.

Bianca's Jean Grey site


At 4:19 AM, Blogger running42k said...

I almost thought that Jean might have been number one. Great series by the way.


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