Thanks for sharing the pic, looks amazing.
Thanks for sharing the pic, looks amazing.
And yes, that art is amazing. Stuart Immonen is a god.
You can still hold out hope for her return when the X-Men celebrate their 50th anniversary in September!
Two "returns" within one chronic year would be quite a trick, even for Jean (who really has only truly come back once in her history). I think the next two issues will give us some expectation of what's in store for Jean, however long this version sticks around for.
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Hear me X-men! No longer am I the woman you once knew! I am fire and life incarnate! Now and forever...
I AM PHOENIX!
I agree, Feminism is not about having her own team, beeing leader of x-men, or being single for a while, or simply be selfish.
She is powerfull and confident enough to be herself without scott, but some people like Jean are themselves by helping and loving others, especially the one they care about. Scott's miserable, and has been so big part of his life, that's why I think they match so much. He needs somenone to take care of him, and she needs to take care of people.
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But this is why the more I learn about Jean, the More she reminds me of Wanda Maximoff, they are like long lost sisters or something with how similar they are. They should be BFF's and if Jean was to every come back I would hope Scarlet Witch plays a big part in her coming back as well!
I think I need to clarify what I mean by "post-feminist." It does not mean that Jean draws strength from embracing traditional gender roles like Sue Storm, pre-Inferno Madelyne Pryor, or, lets be honest here, her original Lee/Kirby conception. Honestly, I see that as more sexist than anything, and it reeks of the sort of "being a mom is just as important as saving the world" nonsense you'd expect from conservative talk radio. The failure of Sue to really establish herself apart from the rest of her team and make inroads with the fanbase despite nearly fifty years of continuous effort expended to do just that speaks to the fundamental weakness of this type of character.
What I really mean is that in Jean's world view, gender equality is taken entirely for granted and she does not view her sex as being the most important component of her identity. To rephrase Stephen Colbert, she doesn't see gender, people tell her she's a woman and she believes them. Well, maybe she's not quite that oblivious, but it's certainly a drastic departure from the stance most of her teammates take on gender politics, whether they view a woman's place as one of dominance, like Storm and Emma, or submission, like Wolverine and Cyclops. And frankly, when it comes to filling those traditional gender roles, Jean is flat out terrible, the failure of her marriage and her troubled relationship with her daughter attest to that. When that laser cannon blasted her to bits, Maddie clearly got the lion's share of that loving maternal instinct.
Many of the complaints regarding the viability of Jean's character in future stories revolve around her supposed lack of distinct story hook, and I think this approach gives her quite a strong role that she's uniquely suited to fill. The question of what exactly her feminine identity means to her, combined with viewpoints of a hostile world that is assuredly not egalitarian, not to mention her status as the embodiment of a primal force practically oozing with feminine symbolism, should make for some wonderful stories that can properly deal with the issues of women in comics and the wider world in general.
Jean is the kind of character that I feel represents the ideal of end point feminism. She can choose to be feminine because that's what suits her. Since we don't live an equal world sadly this type of character doesn't get much credit when compared to your more Xena like characters.
I always thought if she were to branch out Jean would fit in well with the Avengers but it's become clear to me that Wanda already had that role locked up tight. Their friendship in the First Class series was a pleasant surprise to me that I enjoyed reading. I laughed when Jean got frustrated with the boys for being oblivious to the fact Wanda had eyes for Warren.
It is odd how the Avengers have so few telepathic resources where in X world it seems like every sixth mutant has psionic powers.
While we're on the subject of feminism here's an article I found interesting about Jean as a positive feminist portrayal.