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Sunday, May 14, 2023 

Much too late for Louise Simonson to return to anything X-related, ditto Frank Miller

Newsarama's reporting veteran writer and editor Louise Simonson, who's the wife of artist Walter Simonson, is going to write a story connected with another X-Men crossover, spotlighting Jean Grey:
Fans of the '80s golden age of the X-Men rejoice: Louise Simonson is back on a new X-Men title launching in August.

And not just any title: Weezie is writing a Jean Grey solo limited series with artist Bernard Chang tying into the upcoming 'Fall of X' crossover, which promises big, sweeping changes to the world of the X-Men and the mutant nation of Krakoa.

Marvel's announcement of Jean Grey #1 also points to tragedy, indicating that Jean will be reeling from some tragic events at this year's Hellfire Gala event, which has been heavily foreshadowed as a turning point for Krakoa.

[...] "I loved writing X-Factor and Jean was a pivotal part of those stories, from the escape from her Phoenix-created cocoon to her life and death battle with the Goblin Queen in 'Inferno.' So It's really exciting to explore Jean's part in this new mega-adventure," Simonson states in the announcement.
This suggests the Phoenix - an idea that got way out of hand over the years that followed - is going to be a focus of this tale. One more reason I don't see why we must rejoice, because Marvel's long past its prime, and even veterans are unwilling to admit this. Tragedy's a concept that's been long overplayed, and it's getting insufferable already.

It was also announced Frank Miller's going to draw the cover for a new Wolverine/Ghost Rider story, and this is particularly laughable:
Legendary comic creator Frank Miller has the distinction of being the lead artist on the first Wolverine solo title alongside writer Chris Claremont all the way back in 1982, and his art on the story helped define Wolverine as a character for decades to come. Now in 2023, over 40 years later, Frank Miller has drawn Wolverine again for a new cover - and the modern Frank Miller Wolverine is absolutely bonkers.

Miller's art style has evolved significantly since his early Marvel days in the '70s and '80s, becoming more stylized, more graphic, and more experimental. Though the evolution of Miller's art has been polarizing for some fans, his 2023 take on The Best There Is At What He Does shows why Miller has often been lauded as one of the most innovative and interesting superhero artists of all time.
When I looked at the sample they provided, it was so stiff and mediocre, I can't understand what they're driving at. Miller's far older now, and one can't be surprised if some veterans lose their shine during old age. If that's what they mean by "experimental" they've only resulted in pure comedy gold.

I don't feel great about having to put down these veterans, but they're making a joke of themselves by continuing any associations with the Big Two many years after they lost their coherency.

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