Jean Grey was introduced to the Marvel Universe as Marvel Girl, and while her powers were somewhat limited at first, she evolved to become one of the most important and powerful characters in the Marvel Universe. Even without the Phoenix Force possessing her, she's an Omega-Level mutant, and the most powerful psychokinetic character found anywhere in the Marvel Universe. Add to that, her intense psychic powers, and you have a character the fans love seeing go into battle against whatever threat is standing in her way.
Over the 57+ years she's been a member of the X-Men named Marvel Girl, there have been tons of comic books, great stories, graphic novels, trade paperbacks, comic book issues, story arcs, storylines, and one-shot books about Jean Grey, making it hard to determine which is the best of Jean Grey's greatest adventures. This list attempts the impossible by narrowing the best down to the top 20. You can also use this list as a Jean Grey reading guide.
Check out the stories listed below, and if you see your favorites, vote them up. Then check back to see which of these comics is the best Jean Grey story ever told!
Dark Phoenix Saga
Story Found In: Uncanny X-Men #129-137
Details: Jean Grey was one of the founding members of the X-Men, and she's been an important character ever since she debuted in X-Men #1. Since then, her powers have continued to grow and evolve, which is the main reason she was targeted by the cosmic entity known as the Phoenix Force. When she became possessed, she lost herself, and it was up to her friends and teammates to deal with the destructive force she became.
"The Dark Phoenix Saga" is one of the most important crossover events to affect the Marvel Universe. It elevated the X-Men into the cosmic Marvel Universe and made one of the core characters the center of the universe. Jean Grey managed to destroy an entire star, which killed an entire planet of people, and in the end, she died. Granted, she eventually came back, but this story served to introduce the Marvel Universe to one of the most important cosmic entities it contained, and it all came at the cost of Jean Grey.554A great storyline?
Like A Phoenix
Story Found In: Fantastic Four #286
Details: When the Fantastic Four return from a mission in space, they find Captain America and Hercules waiting for them. Cap informs the team that they recovered a strange pod at the bottom of Jamaican Bay, and after some investigating, the pod reveals a young woman inside, but nobody can open it or identify who she is.
Eventually, things begin levitating around the mansion, and the woman breaks free to reveal she is none other than Jean Grey, who had been missing for several months. Of course, she thinks the FF are constructs of Stephen Lang's anti-mutant operation and attacks the team.
A short attack is replaced with calm when it becomes clear what is going on. The story continues, as the details of operation Armageddon are explained, and ultimately, the details of the Phoenix Force, and where Jean had been comes out to reveal a truly fantastic story.322A great storyline?
Story Found In: X-Factor #38
Details: Jean Grey had to come to terms with what happened to her during the "Phoenix Saga," and while she managed to handle the emotional aspect of her ordeal in Fantastic Four #286, she would come face to face with the lingering consequences in the pages of X-Factor #38's "Inferno."
While Jean was "dead," her clone, Madelyne Pryor, up and married Cyclops. When Jean returned, Madelyn went completely insane, and when the events of "Inferno" reared its ugly head, she had sold her soul to become the Goblin Queen intent on letting Hell loose on Earth, but fortunately, Jean is back, and with some help, she may be able to stop her evil doppelganger from destroying the world.3411A great storyline?
X-Men Origins: Jean Grey
Story Found In: X-Men Origins: Jean Grey #1
Details: When Jean Grey was first introduced all the way back in X-Men #1, her origin wasn't fleshed out very much. Actually, few characters were, which is why Marvel released its popular "Origins" series to deal with this missing information.
X-Men Origins: Jean Grey offers up a fully-fleshed out origin story for Jean Grey, beginning from the moment Professor Charles Xavier showed up on her doorstep and taking off from there. Her powers were strong, but how strong could they be, and what happened in her past that continues to haunt her as an adult? Find out in this excellent story about the original Marvel Girl!308A great storyline?