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Title: Phoenix Resurrection: The Return Of Jean Grey (2017-2018) #4 (of 5)
Author: Matt Rosenberg, Ramon Rosanas (Illustrator), Leinil Yu (Illustrator)
Format: Epub
Rating: 2.5/5
Status: Finished
Reading Date: February 1, 2018
Book Summary: A young woman named Jean is starting to go insane in her peaceful, suburban life. Nightmares and daydreams are spilling over into the world and revealing cracks in her reality. Jean's life and everything in it may just be a facade, but made by who? And why? Jean needs to escape.
Book Review: This issue sort of picks up after the last issue. We find Jean Grey laying on the ground of a destroyed home. It doesn't really tell us exactly what sort of conversation came between Phoenix and Jean. In fact, it gives us really nothing about the interaction at all, only Jean seemingly still a bit unaware of the illusion the Phoenix entity has created in order to keep her encased within its world.

In this world, Jean is blissfully living a life that contains no abilities that one could say is pretty normal life. Now exactly what the Phoenix is trying to do continues to remain a mystery over this. One can only assume that it has a bigger picture in mind for Jean and the only way to do so is contain her in this world until the right moment.

Unfortunately that time is now ticking down. The X-Men are right outside this little world and have begun to put two and two together, meaning they know the Phoenix entity has Jean but they really don't know why at the moment. But they have come to rescue Jean, even if it means facing one of their biggest and most powerful foes to date.

But the Phoenix has plans for the X-Men. She brings back those from the dead in hopes of stopping them until she can finish with what she wants with Jean. Unfortunately the X-Men are not the easily defeated and take down their dead comrades with no problems.

Once those comrades are gone, the Phoenix Force makes its most daring appearance on top of the diner, staring down the X-Men as if to dare them to defy her.

And Old Man Logan does just that.

My thoughts
While I loved the first three issues of this limited series, this one sort of fell flat for me. I had been hoping to see the interaction between Jean and Phoenix/Jean but that really never appears and we are sort of left wondering if that appearance was nothing more than a dream or even a nightmare.

I also felt as if this issue was rushed storyline wise. I understand that there is a massive need to get Jean Grey resurrected for whatever storyline they have in mind for her but I was hoping to see more thought and effort into her resurrection. Unfortunately the conclusion is up next and I am wary as to what is going to happen. I only surmise that whatever it is, it won't be the outcome I may be hoping for.