X-Men Red Annual #1
Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Pascal Alixe
Cover art by: Travis Charest
What You Need To Know:
Jean Grey has come back from the dead after a 13-year hiatus and has a lot to catch up on. As much as the world has changed, the relationships she had with so many individuals remains as if she never left. This comic is a bridge between that time that has passed and the bigoted and hateful world that has erupted around her after her departure. More importantly, this issue conveys what it is in Jean’s heart enables to make the world a better place despite its current turmoil.
This issue does an amazing job at reminding the reader of who Jean was before and focuses on the woman that she aims to be from this point forward. It does a great job introducing the character to those who have just barely started picking up the book and does an amazing job showing veterans who have been reading X-Men comics for decades why we love our favorite redhead.
One of my favorite parts of the issue that really struck me was a scene that involved Jean approaching her daughter from the future, Rachel Grey-Summers, who actually took up her mother’s name for a duration as Marvel Girl after she passed away. They have always had a somewhat strained relationship and tip-toed around each other. The two of them let their hair down and go for a mother-daughter flight with one another. Without saying a word, they build a rapport with one another psychically. Seeing the two of them connect and bond with one another was something to behold.
Along with this scene, the issue tackles Jean’s feelings for the Inhumans and the death of her beloved Scott. I won’t go into too much detail, but it ends with a very powerful scene that shows the strength of one Inhuman king’s soul.
I can’t say enough good about this book. The entire series has been such an amazing read and this annual doesn’t disappoint. Pick up this book and every other issue in this series, you won’t regret it.