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Subj: Re: Jean Grey #4: Too many freckles...
Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 at 03:50:11 am EDT (Viewed 95 times)
Reply Subj: Jean Grey #4: Too many freckles...
Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 at 09:17:15 am EDT (Viewed 152 times)




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    Didn't like last issue Jean Grey story at all. So, didn't even post here about it - nobody else did either. It was pretty good as a Namor tale, though. This issue was the same. Same sloppy direction, same messy characterization, and same leary future for the title. The art was pretty good, though. Having a BIG NAME guest star again is fun but also reminds me how boringly empty the non-existant dedicated supporting cast is.


For myself, one of the genuine dissapointments of the last four months has been this title, and there are several other great underperformers out there too to be fair. Being rather fond of the character and her potential I wanted this supposed ongoing series to be good, to be something that ground the character into an everyday life and a recognisable world, what we get instead of any of that is an immediate nonsensical 'quest' of a story that doesn't move Jean in any such earthly direction and lazily opts to immediately revisit the worst of the baggage of the original adult Jean Grey. All done in a way that, not surprisingly given this is a Pheonix 'plot', offers nothing whatsoever new, or fresh, or even of the remotest of interest to new or old reader alike. We have seen it all before, a Phoenix story by now feels more like Groundhog day than some worthwhile event in itself... we know the riff by heart at this stage.

Accessibility in a new title matters. So does appeal. Instead of investing these all-important debut issues in setting up a day-to-day life for Ms Grey that is outside the X-Men fishbowl, and something that offers the required fresh territory both she and her new series require, choices have been made that virtually guarantee that this now will be another X-Men mini-series, and not the potential breakout title that Jean Grey as a character is certainly capable of producing for the franchise. Bereft of even a shred of originality or thoughtfulness in its pages Jean Grey lies stillborn as a title, doomed to poor fate simply due to the profound lack of any care or attention put into making its debut and its title character appeal to an audience...







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