Beware; spoilers for JEAN GREY #11 abound! 

Writer Dennis Hopeless’ JEAN GREY solo series returns with its final issue after a long hiatus. It’s been a while since we last saw the time-displaced Jean Grey. Unfortunately, though, the last time we saw her was when the Phoenix burned her alive.

In that moment, I believed the time-displaced Jean’s run had come to an official end with her death.

To my surprise, JEAN GREY #11 begs to differ.

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What the Hell?

Before we begin, I must add that if you have not read PHOENIX RESURRECTION #5 prior to this issue, you should, or the ending of JEAN GREY #11 may confuse you.

Moving on, the beginning of this issue reveals that Jean is in hell. She makes a few humorous comments about her current, dead state despite the serious predicament she is in. I truly enjoy these moments with the time-displaced Jean. She is a teenager who has a particular, more naive view on life that differs from her older counterpart. As a result, she is more likely to make an inappropriately funny comment in a dire situation. This series has continuously been light-hearted, so I am glad this issue is no different despite its deadly context.

Jean continues her journey through hell which appears to take her through various timelines. One of those timelines is from the future of Rachel Grey. This sequence is certainly exciting. However, it does comes across as confusing at first. Jean swiftly transitions between realities in her own personal hell. We see the Phoenix clad in loincloth surrounded by cavemen in one moment. So, at that point, it is hard to get a grasp on what Jean is experiencing. Is she time-travelling? Or, is she simply seeing what the Phoenix wishes for her to see? There is no direct answer.

On the positive side, it is in this moment where Jean witnesses Rachel’s future that she begins to showcase her fearlessness. Her power erupts as she takes on various opponents, culminating in another confrontation with the Phoenix. This time though, Jean is in control.

Merging Jean Grey Worlds

I love how her character recognizes her own power and asserts her authority in this confrontation. This moment also parallels that of PHOENIX RESURRECTION #5 in which Jean says goodbye to the Phoenix. Thus, it is a nice subtlety that the writers of this issue and of PHOENIX RESURRECTION have merged the worlds of these distinct figures that make up Jean Grey.

Perhaps the most exciting sequence of JEAN GREY #11 is the conclusion. The time-displaced Jean finds herself face to face with the recently resurrected Jean. So, though this is the final issue of Jean’s solo series, the work brings up a brand new question.

What happens now?

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The Many Hues of JEAN GREY #11

The collaboration between artists Victor Ibanez and Alberto Alburquerque is fantastic. I especially love their work in the sequence where Jean realizes she is in hell as well as when she confronts the Phoenix. There is an abundance of detail in those sequences that truly exemplify that talent of these artists.

Additionally, the work from colorist Jay David Ramos is exceptional. He and the illustrators truly make hell a terrifying place. Yet, it is an engaging one. Also, despite the darker nature of JEAN GREY #11, the work continues to maintain its light tone. I appreciate the consistency that the artists establish in this installment. Despite the serious challenges the time-displaced Jean Grey is facing in this issue, she is still the same teenager we met a while back.

Sure, she has grown. This growth is captured in the depictions of her power and fortitude. However, she is still young and full of humor.

So, I am happy that the artists have not pushed the light-hearted tone of this series off to the side in its final installment.

What Lies Beyond

I must say, I am sad to see this series end. I loved seeing new facets of Jean Grey. Of course, new challenges lie ahead for the time-displaced Jean Grey. However, I am sure that these adventures will differ from the ones depicted in this series. Dennis Hopeless brought a certain magic to Jean’s solo run. There was a much-needed lightness throughout it. It made her character even more relatable.

So, though I look forward to the many quests that lie ahead for our titular hero, I will definitely miss the vibrancy present throughout JEAN GREY.

JEAN GREY #11 by Dennis Hopeless, Victor Ibanez, Alberto Alburquerque, & Jay David Ramos
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JEAN GREY #11 does not pack the punch of its predecessor. However, it still features plenty of awesome, powerful moments thanks to its titular hero.
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2 Comments

  1. Peyton Hinckle

    March 2, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    Great question! I’ve thought the same thing since I saw that panel. The two do talk in X-MEN BLUE #35 but it’s not much of a conversation, honestly. I think the writers just forgot, sadly.

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  2. Anthony

    March 2, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    In the final panel, resurrected Jean says to young Jean, “Yeah, we should probably talk.” Do you know if that conversation ever happened?

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