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Title: Phoenix Resurrection: The Return Of Jean Grey (2017-2018) #5 (of 5)
Author: Matt Rosenberg, Khoi Pham (Illustrator), Leinil Yu (Illustrator)
Format: Epub
Rating: 3.5/5
Status: Finished
Reading Date: February 1, 2018 to February 2, 2018
Book Summary: The X-Men need to stop the cycle of death the Phoenix brings. Their worlds will violently collide as Jean searches for an opening and the X-Men fight for closure. But when they are brought together, will the X-Men be reunited with their long-lost teammate – or something darker?
Book Review: We have arrived at the epic conclusion of Jean Grey's rise from the ashes.

And let me tell you it was not an ending anyone would be expecting.

This issue picks up right after the last one.

Logan has made it inside the diner and is doing his best to reach through the illusionary world the Phoenix has created to get Jean to remember. And he seems to be getting right through to her by slicing her childhood friend, Annie. He thinks by "killing" Jean's childhood "friend" it would do what it had done when she was a child - awakening her powers.

Unfortunately it doesn't really do much damage to Annie. After all, she is the Phoenix herself and she is not happy at all with what Logan is trying to do.

But what Logan has done, it has awaken Jean and she emerges from the flames dressed in a rather new Phoenix uniform.

Of course, the X-Men are ready to take on Jean as the Phoenix but all this is halted when it becomes quite clear that this war comes down to just two entities - Jean and the Phoenix Force. The X-Men are aware of this and any fight they were ready for would not be happening for the moment.

The Phoenix Force uses everything in its arsenal with the hopes of luring Jean back into the fold. It tries to use Jean's parents and loved ones but Jean isn't having it at all.

Jean is so angry with the Phoenix and its illusions that it is unaware of that the real Cyclops has come to see her. Their reunion is bittersweet and Cyclops dies in Jean's arms.

Jean turns her attentions once more to the Phoenix Force and decides that she is done playing a God and that the time has come for her to just be herself now. This means she will no longer allow herself and the Phoenix be part of each other.

What comes next is rather interesting. Instead of a massive fight between Jean and the Phoenix, it is more of Jean trying to get the entity itself to realize that Jean doesn't want to have the power to play God or be the one who destroys her friends or brings them back. She just simply wants to be herself and nothing more and the Phoenix force is doing its best to try to change her mind. Unfortunately Jean isn't interested anymore in becoming something she really hasn't wanted.

Does this mean the end of a cosmic connection between Jean and the Phoenix Force? Perhaps. Perhaps not. There is never really an end to a story when something as powerful as the Phoenix is a very much part of Jean. Will we see the Phoenix again? Who knows. We may see her return to Jean later on in the future but for now, the Phoenix and Jean have seemingly parted ways.

My thoughts

I felt so sorry for the Phoenix Force. I believe that since Jean has been a part of it for so long that it believes that is cannot function without her. I think that is why we have seen her resurrected in the past. With Jean's death, the Phoenix really had nothing to do and felt empty without it's powerful host and that made it feel alive.

And it wanted that again.

Perhaps even thought the best way to get to Jean was to become a friend to her and living a normal life with her.

As for Jean, what does this mean for her? That simply remains to be seen. We really won't know what is going to happen with her and even what sort of confrontation that may come between her and her younger self but it should be interesting. We do know that Jean may have a team of her own called X-Men Red.

I really do hope we will see the Phoenix again. This does not resolve anything and we know the Phoenix isn't simply going to just go away because Jean says so. She may be out there waiting and bidding her time when she knows that Jean will need her the most.

Will I be keeping up with Jean now that she is back? I might. I do want to see what is going to happen between her and younger Jean. Plus I want to see what exactly the aftermath to this storyline is going to do to the X-Men.