Well it's finally happened. I've been ranting about it, bitching about it, and brooding about it ever since this blog started. The Hope/Jean issue has been a real sticking point if not a drag. That tends to happen when you drop so many hints and drag a plot out for years at a time. Well today the dragging stopped. We finally have an answer for the Hope/Jean controversy. The answer, in a word, is fucked.
It happened during Marvels live blog today that covered the upcoming events of Uncanny X-men and Generation Hope with Kieron Gillen. As everybody knows, I've been following those books closely on this blog. They've been a major source of tension for the Hope/Jean issue. Now they feel like a big waste of time because this was what CBR reported from the blog.
Fans online asking after Jean Grey prompted Lowe to say that despite seeing "the foggy specter of a redhead in the White Room" in recent issues, he has no idea why anyone would expect Jean in the book before saying "Hope is not Jean Grey...take that for what you will."
If you actually read the transcript of the from the Marvel he throws in another tidbit. "Jean Grey is dead." To further reinforce this point to assure fans that it wasn't ordinary bullshit, Marvel tweeted it minutes later. So there's no ambiguity or teasing here. It's a clear, straight answer.
So there you have it. Hope is not Jean Grey and Jean Grey is dead. Despite seeing hints of her in the pages of Uncanny, it all turned out to be bullshit. There's nothing more to it. Hope is just a ripoff of a character who looks like Jean and wields the Phoenix Force like Jean. That essentially renders her as one of the lamest creations Marvel has created since Geldoff in Ultimate Spider-Man.
Now this really burns me in a lot of ways. Nick Lowe has commented on Jean Grey before. He was very ambiguous on a past X-POSITION. In this he said: As far as Hope goes, there are certainly hints being laid about a certain firey bird-like shaped thing. We definitely have wheels in motion, but I can't give you a target date or anything like that.
That wasn't the only one either. In an even earlier X-POSITION he was asked about when the Hope/Jean/Phoenix issue would be resolved. He said the following:
That seems like something that would be addressed in Generation Hope to me.
He's not the only one who has commented on it. Before that there was a column by Tom Brevoort and Axel Alonso on an X-men creative summit. I asked a question about Lowe's remarks about Jean's status.
Brevoort: The problem with wanting a definitive answer on a question such as this, Master616, is that the real answer is next month's comics, and the month after that, and the month after that. We'll be perfectly up front about the fact that, in cases like this, we're teasing you with something. But asking to know the identity of the killer before you read the murder mystery isn't productive, and knowing it won't enhance your reading experience, it will only lessen it. So relax - maybe there's a connection between Hope and Jean Grey, and maybe there isn't. The fun is in finding out!
Alonso: What Tom said. Also, two things:
(1) Everyone knows that Nick Lowe is a certified knucklehead.
(2) Remember, here at Marvel: Once dead, always dead. Right?
So after all that teasing Nick Lowe finally settles it in one statement. It's all bullshit and it was just a big red herring that was drawn out over the course of three years. Now maybe I'm weird (who among us isn't?), but I don't like being bullshitted. I don't like it when I'm teased and taunted for over three years and then it all turns out to be a big lie. Worst of all, this came out in a fucking interview. It didn't happen in a story. It didn't happen on panel. The guy who happens to be the top editor of the X-books just dropped the ball and admitted it was all a lie.
Well as some of you can imagine, I'm a little pissed. I take a huge offense to shit like this. As much as I love X-men comics, I don't like being lied to about one of my favorite characters and having her replaced with some cheap rip-off in Hope Summers. This has essentially killed any appeal I once had for these books. Given how long I've been following them, that's saying a lot.
The immediate effect of this is my reviews from here on out are going to be a lot more bitter. I have a few I've been working on for this weekend, but only one is related to X-men so expect that one to be a bit nastier than usual. If you enjoy the poop jokes and what not, you'll be perfectly okay with it. But I really don't appreciate bullshit like this. I'm a loyal reader of Marvel comics and when I read a long, drawn out story that turns out to be a total farce I get really offended. I'm weird like that.
So to all you wonderful followers of this blog, I really appreciate your support. I apologize if I sound bitter, but I'll try not to let it affect my work on X-men Supreme or my reviews. I know I reported earlier I would cease reviews, but given how many people enjoy the reviews I simply can't in good conscious do so. Too many people seem to enjoy it and I'd hate to screw them over. I want to focus on making X-men Supreme better by not being a massive dick-cheese to fans. Hopefully Marvel will take note. Until next time, take care and best wishes my fellow knights of all things awesome. Excelsior!