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Jean Grey #1 (of 4)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 15 critic ratings.


After the events of the Hellfire Gala, Jean’s life is in shambles. Mutantkind is in dire straits – and there’s nothing this founding X-Man can do. She’ll have to save herself first. And that means looking into her past – for the moment when it all went wrong – in a desperate attempt to save her and all Krakoa’s future. Legendary writer Louise Simonson returns to the X-Men with a story full of fan-favorite moments, heartrending revelations and pulse-pounding devastation!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
33 pages
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15 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Jean Grey #1 is a unique approach to the alternate futures concept. As the example of where Jean could make a difference in her life plays out, there is a terrifying realisation that it could have happened that way if Jean herself thinks that it could. What causes the change in history is just a simple, one-off choice, and yet it completely derails the entire history of the X-Men and the Marvel Universe as a whole. The outcome of these thought processes by Jean could have an impact on the present. The tone is dark yet contemplative, dramatic right up until the very last page. And it can be depressing to realise how futile Jean’s life can be, often leading to the same destination even if you change the journey.

  • 95


    In Jean Grey #1, Louise Simonson makes a lovely reentry into the life and times of Jean Grey with stellar artists Bernard Chang and Marcelo Maiolo by her side. Jean’s study into her own being is intimate, messy, and rewarding to fans of developed and nuanced character work. Her post-death journey has just begun, and the results seem to promise dramatic ramifications for herself as well as mutantkind’s future.

  • 90

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Jean Grey #1 takes fans on a journey as she wonders what went wrong and how things could have been different. Walking back through history, fans will eventually see the inevitability of certain emotional events that frankly may just be fate’s way of saying they’re always meant to be. This issue was wildly entertaining, fast-paced, explosive, dynamic, and extremely well done. This is a must-buy for any X-Men fan and should be on the top of your list this week.

  • 87

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: A brilliant journey into the mind of Jean Grey and the dangerous depths of her own psyche. Simonson delivers a fantastic story filled with great rising tension, interpersonal drama and reflection. The story does a great job of showcasing the danger inherent in trying to both fight and change the future and allows the reader to see an engaging dark turn for Jean.

    The Art: Chang delivers fantastic art throughout the issue. The visuals are filled with great details and the action is stunning throughout.

  • 86

    The Comic Book Spot

  • 80

    Jean Grey #1 dives into Jean Grey’s psyche as we see her and her cohort explore a new timeline that gets upended by the Phoenix. As Jean loses grip of herself, not even Scott came ground the girl as she turns mutant enemies into martyrs. And by the end, a devastating encounter leaves Jean ready to restart the timeline in hopes of a better future.

  • 80

    First Comics News

  • 80


    The Fall of X will be one of the darkest and unpredictable periods of X-Men History. This story arc will be
    spread across various issues starting with the events in X-Men: Hellfire Gala 2023. This month alone we
    will get revelations in 14 different issues hitting the stands including Jean Grey 1, Children of the Vault 1
    and Dark X-Men 2.

  • 80

    Multiversity Comics

    It’s an easy pickup for anyone who is or isn’t reading the current line of X-books that has a lot happen in a standard-size book.

  • 80

    Impulse Gamer

    Jean Grey #1 is worth a gander. It’s beautifully crafted to be enjoyed by X-Men fans and Marvel fans alike. The only problem some readers may face is understanding where this issue stems from. The best solution is to read X-Men: Hellfire Gala (2023), but first pick up this comic book if you’re aware of what’s happened, or you want to get into something entirely new. Jean Grey may be taking readers somewhere new, so you don’t want to miss out on this one.

  • 79

    Comic Watch

    The issue is a bit of a hodgepodge, and the narrative is a bit all over the place, but it gives us a Jean who uses her powers unscrupulously, and it’s been an ongoing struggle that Jean has had over the course of the Krakoan era that has yet to be addressed. Will this be our chance to see Jean come face to face with her indiscriminate use of her telepathy over the last few years, only time will tell.

  • 70

    Major Spoilers

    Jean Grey #1 seems out of step with the ongoing Hellfire Gala event. Presumably, this work is designed to lead toward a significant revelation with lasting implications for the Marvel mythos. However, I’m finding it challenging to identify a solid foundation to hold onto. While I anticipate that the story might make more sense as a complete trade, as a standalone issue, it falls somewhat short.

  • 70

    Geek'd Out

    As stated, Simonson clearly has a great handle on this character, but her reverence for Jean doesn’t get in the way of storytelling; the Jean we see rise here is kind of a supervillain? Like late stage Xavier-level bad? Without her potential blocked, she more or less becomes Magneto with Xavier’s telepathic prowess, which is a fascinating spin. I’m curious to see how Simonson continues this experiment. She’s joined by fellow X-Men veteran Bernard Chang on art for this series, and he gets a lot of material to work with. There’s one double page spread here that is full of details and references to Jean’s past that would take a solid few minutes to decipher, but the thing as a whole is a solid package worth checking out even if you’re not super interested in the Kraoa saga but love the character.

  • 65

    Comic Book Revolution

    From a concept standpoint Jean Grey #1 has an interesting idea for what Jean is doing during the Fall of X storyline. There is a lot of room to explore her history in the post-House of X and Powers of X continuity. While its not fully executed in this first issue as well as you hope the potential is shown and it is hopefully something that is fully tapped into starting the next issue.

  • 65

    Derby Comics

    Even though I enjoyed this as a standalone story, it was hard for me to take it too seriously as I don’t know how much this series will impact Fall of X’s end game. The first page teases that whatever Jean discovers in her memory could help her fix “everything,” but I find it hard to believe that the plot point that defeats Orchis stems from a miniseries that’s basically Jean Grey’s greatest hits. As long as it stays a bit removed and Simonson continues to showcase what made her a Marvel legend, I’ll happily enjoy this trip down memory lane. And next issue we get the Phoenix!

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