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Subj: Re: Why?
Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 at 09:50:30 am EDT (Viewed 167 times)
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Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 at 09:34:26 pm EDT (Viewed 177 times)

    I seriously don't understand the purpose for this (I mean, I do, but I don't think that the majority of fans want Jean back.), when did people start going crazy for Jean? It certainly wasn't when she was alive. And she's been dead for long enough to keep her that way. Morrison had a classic run. I hated Jean's death at the time, but it's stuck around long enough. It seems like the only story that people remember regarding Jean was The Dark Phoenix Saga (You know, the story where she DIED!). Another step backwards for the X-franchise.

You make a good point. Back in the Claremont/Byrne days, I never felt Jean Grey was anywhere near as popular as some of the other X-Men, in particular Wolverine, Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, and Kitty Pryde.

I loved her when the X-Men were a bald old guy, Jean, and four teen-age boys. She shone like the sun in those stories. It really seemed like she was the sun and the other characters (all male) revolved around her like planets. But that iteration of the X-Men was never very popular. It struggled to stay in publication and eventually was cancelled. And then Giant-Size happened! Wolverine, Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Banshee. Boom! That was the line-up that mattered. Banshee died, Kitty Pryde joined, others came and went - it never felt like Jean (or even Xavier, Jean, and Scott) held the central spot(s) on the team. Not any more. Even the Scott/Jean romance became a love triangle with Wolverine as the hypotenuse.

I honestly think Jean could have been developed into the premiere superheroine in the Marvel Universe. But instead, she was killed off.