I normally don't blog when Marvel gives fans their weekly enema of teasers. I especially try to avoid blogging about teasers that have been blatantly overused in the past to the point where they're more worn out than Ozzy Osborn's liver. But this is one teaser that's hit comic fans like rocket powered dildo up the ass. It's triggered confusion, dread, elation, relief, indifference, and drinking. Okay, that last one can really be caused by anything, but you get the idea. This time shit is serious. Marvel finally appears to have done it. They've dropped the J-bomb. By that I mean Jean Grey. Once again, they're teasing her return courtesy of an article in Entertainment Weekly of all places.
Comic Con: Jean Grey Returning? EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW
It doesn't appear to be photoshopped or hacked from Joe Quesada's Iphone. The story was also picked up by CBR, Newsarama, and Bleeding Cool. The conspiracy theory in me wants to say they're in on the ruse along with the Illuminati, but this clearly cropped picture is the first time Marvel has been this overt about Jean Grey. The exact text of the article is equally compelling.
This week, Entertainment Weekly‘s Comic-Con issue will prepare
you for the geek event of the year with an in-depth look at a whole host
of movies and TV shows. But what’s Comic-Con without comic books?
(Nothing but “-Con.” Look at that lonely hyphen!) That’s why EW is
excited to reveal an exclusive first look at an upcoming initiative by
Marvel Comics that will build off the current Avengers vs. X-Men
crossover and radically alter the Marvel Universe as you know it. For
now, we just want to tease you with a first look at an exclusive piece
of art by Marvel CEO Joe Quesada.
To answer your questions: Yes, this is Jean Grey — as in, the Jean Grey
who’s been absent from Marvel Comics ever since dying for a second time
back in the mid-’00s. And yes, she is modeling her vintage
blue-and-yellow X-Men outfit from her Marvel Girl days. Does this mean
that the fan-favorite character is finally returning? We can only
confirm that her presence in the Marvel Universe will not be imaginary.
This will not be part of the Ultimate line-up. She will not be a zombie hologram, like Shard on X-Factor. What could this all mean? Check back tomorrow, when all the secrets will be revealed. (Or some of them, anyhow.)
Could they finally have sobered up? Does this mean I'll have to find something else to rant about on this blog? Comic Con is in two weeks and I'll probably be passed out in a brothel in Tijuana for most of the time, but this may be were fans get their first insight into the post Avengers vs. X-men world. Marvel has a history of hyping up the aftermath of an event almost as much as the event itself. It usually all boils down to the tagline, "Everything will change." No shit! Everything changes with each fucking issue in a comic book series, but there's change and then there's cock-smashingly huge change. This may be the latter.
While I want to get my hopes up, the sober part of my brain tells me this could be another bait and switch not unlike a transvestite prostitute that claims he/she will offer you a discount. This could be just another plug for a new X-men First Class series or an X-men First to Last event (which was pretty fucking awesome mind you) where Jean Grey really doesn't come back. It's just another one of those untold stories of the past before Jean Grey became that red haired, green eyed, Phoenix wielder that Marvel loves to fuck with. We won't know until the guys at Marvel stop laughing their ass off at the reactions on the message boards and provide more info. I'll eagerly be waiting when I'm not drunk, but for all you Jean Grey fans out there I would like to offer you one painful reminder.