Friday, September 21, 2012

X-men Supreme Issue 63: The Phoenix Saga Part 1 PREVIEW and Deadpool Bio

With the completion of the Partners In Madness arc, I can finally stop being coy. The biggest event in the X-men Supreme fanfiction series to date is upon us! That event is the Phoenix Saga. That's right! X-men Supreme is about to take on one of the biggest and by far the most influential event in the history of the X-men comics. No X-men series is complete with a Phoenix Saga of sorts. The emotional drama along with the cosmic level action are just some of the reasons why this story resonates with so many X-men fans. As such, I'm very excited to offer my own take. Chris Claremont set the bar very high with the original Phoenix Saga in the pages of Uncanny X-men. It has always been among my favorite X-men stories of all time and that's why I intend to work extra hard to make this the best arc to date of the X-men Supreme fanfiction series.

I'm also astonished at how well my timing is for my Phoenix Saga. Just as Marvel is preparing to end Avengers vs. X-men, a story where the Phoenix Force was a central theme, I'm prepared to begin mine. Now I honestly did not intend for it to work out like this. Believe it or not, it is just a happy conincidence that my work with X-men Supreme is coinciding with what Marvel comics is doing with Avengers vs. X-men. But anyone who has read Avengers vs. X-men or any Phoenix story for that matter knows that the Phoenix Force tends to be a convoluted story. It's been retold, retconned, and what not over the years. And I understand that there are many elements to the story. I intend to try and simplify some of those elements while capturing as many Phoenix themes as possible. I can't get into too many details, but I can offer my usual extended preview!

“Hnn…ungh! My head…augh! Can’t…keep it…ahhhhhhh!” groaned a pained and distraught Jean Grey.

“Hang in there, Jean! I’m almost done!” urged Professor Xavier, who was concentrating hard with his telepathy while clutching Jean’s temples.

“Damn it, Chuck! Finish it already!” barked a very upset Logan.

“Stay back, Logan!” urged an equally anxious Scott Summers, “He knows what he’s doing…I hope!”

“He damn well better!”

It was a difficult sight, watching Jean suffer so much through this so-called treatment. It had only been going on for nearly an hour, but to Scott and Logan it might as well have been a lifetime. Ever since the Professor returned from his debate in Las Vegas, he had been working with Jean extensively. Whatever overwhelmed her during the fight with Proteus was still affecting her in a profound and ominous way. Even extensive one-on-one telepathic therapy with the Professor wasn’t enough to stop this mysterious ailment. This ailment was symbolized by the flashing fiery yellow eyes that plagued her during this entire session.

Professor Xavier shared Scott and Logan’s growing concerns as he struggled to contain  Jean’s affliction. It stemmed directly from her powers. It began with the surge she experienced when she used Magneto’s machine to stop that asteroid. From there the migraines began, but it was Proteus that sent her over the edge. Now her psychic powers were flaring in ways he had never sensed before. It was as mysterious as it was disconcerting. The best he could do to help her was forge a series of mental blocks on her psyche. It was only a temporary solution, but it was all he could do for now.

Jean continued to struggle in infirmary her bed, groaning in pain as the Professor tried to sooth her chaotic mind. He stepped up his efforts, concentrating harder until sweat was forming on his forehead. Her eyes flashed a fiery yellow again, causing the bed to shake violently. Scott and Logan watched anxiously. This time Logan was the one that had to hold Scott back. After a few tense moments, she finally started to settle down.

‘That’s it, Jean…stay calm. Let me steady your mind. I made you a promise all those years ago, remember? And I’m going to keep that promise.’

His gentle telepathic voice seemed to further calm the ailing woman. She started taking deep, calming breaths. The fiery glow in her eyes started fading as Xavier fortified the blocks around her mind. But before they were solidified, he heard a strange voice.

“It’s coming…”

“Argh!” groaned the Professor as he finally finished the job.

“Professor?” said Scott anxiously.

“I…I’m fine, Scott,” he assured his student as he rubbed his tired head, “I was able to re-fortify the mental blocks. She should be okay.”

“Should be?” said Logan skeptically, “That ain’t a promising choice of words, Chuck.”

“It’ll have to do for now. I…still don’t know what’s causing this. Until I do, a permanent solution will have to wait.”

Logan still wasn’t convinced, but he wasn’t about to get into an argument with the Professor. Jeannie was still in pain and she needed their support.

With the psychic blocks now solidified, Jean was finally stable. She was sitting upright, conscious and without those strange glowing eyes. She was no longer pained by throbbing headaches or haunted by mysterious voices, but it felt strange. She was dazed and weak, clutching her tired head. She was coherent enough to feel Scott’s tender arms slip around her.

“Jean…I’m here,” he said softly, “That’s it, babe. Deep breaths.”

“Hnn…Scott,” groaned Jean as she gathered herself, “I feel like I’m gonna throw up.”

“Cyke hasn’t been showering regularly since you’ve been down here. That’s to be expected,” commented Logan as he sat down next to her.

Scott shot him a disgruntled look while Jean laughed somewhat. It was a good sign. If she could laugh at one of Logan’s dirty comments, that was a sign that she was doing better already.

“What day is it? It feels like I’ve been down here for over a month,” she said.

“More like ten days, but don’t worry. You didn’t miss much,” said Scott as he continued to embrace her, “Well…aside from a debate with Senator Kelly and Logan running off on a crazy mission in Panama with Deadpool.”

“Panama? With Deadpool?!” said Jean as she looked at Logan strangely.

“Long story, darlin’. I’ll fill you in later. It was a hell of a mess and should give you more a few reasons to yell at me. And you sure as hell don’t need that right now,” replied the feral mutant.

“I’m sure Miss Munroe did more than enough,” replied Jean.

“You don’t know the half of it.”

Jean smiled lightly, earning her a smile from Scott and Logan as well. The two men were both glad to see her looking better. As two very important figures in her life, they were dedicated to helping her just as she helped them.

While Jean sat comfortably in Scott’s embrace, Professor Xavier wiped some of the sweat off his face and approached his dazed student. He was glad to see her settled as well, but what he sensed from her mind gave him little reason for comfort. He had a feeling they had not seen of this mysterious ailment.


While my focus is now entirely on making the X-men Supreme Phoenix Saga as awesome as it can be, don't think I've negated other website updates. With the completion of the last arc, I have updated the bios section to include everyone's favorite Merc with a Mouth, Deadpool. I was reluctant to post it earlier because I didn't want to spoil some of his connections with Wolverine. Now that his history is more defined in X-men Supreme, I can offer more insight into his history within this fanfiction series.

Bios - Deadpool

Since this story is so big and so important to the X-men Supreme fanfiction series, I wan to do everything I can to make it special. With that in mind, I did attempt to contact my artist, artist, Brian Brinlee, to commission a piece of art that would act as a cover for my Phoenix Saga. However, I've been unable to reach him. As such, I would like to request anyone out there who is artistically inclined to assist me. I am looking for a simple pin-up that depicts Jean Grey in a Phoenix costume, but I want that costume to be unique to X-men Supreme. I have some ideas for how I want her to look, but I also am willing to be flexible. I'm also willing to pay. Please contact me if you're interested in helping me and earning a little extra money. The Phoenix is coming and the X-men Supreme fanfiction series will never be the same! Until next time, take care and best wishes! Excelsior!

Jack

5 comments:

  1. ooo, the preview is so good. such a tease.

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  2. Thanks! But unlike Marvel, I try to make my teases accurate. I don't do that deceptive shit. I leave that for writers who are okay with being assholes. Hope you enjoy it!

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    1. Hahahahahaha! I totally agree!!!

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  3. Hey...its stormbreaker here!! Can't wait to read it. Phoenix is my favorite "villian" and can't wait to see how she is described in your fanficition. See you then!

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  4. Heya! Always a pleasure hearing from you. Thanks a ton for all your constant support. I've been working long and hard to make this Phoenix Saga awesome. I hope you enjoy it! The first issue is up. Enjoy!

    Jack

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