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Page five of my Marvel Universe head canon encyclopedia. Set on an alternate Earth, the goal of this project is to reimagine and redesign the Marvel Universe according to my own preferences and aesthetics.

Jean Grey is always a tough character to redesign as she's had so many great, iconic looks over the years. My approach to her look was to find something that blends the overall aesthetic of the X-Men that I'm going for with her Phoenix look and her Jim Lee-designed '90s attire. 

Another challenge with Jean is figuring out at what point she's at in this canon. My gut instinct says that the Phoenix hasn't emerged yet and that's something that occurs as its own storyline (seeing as I have my own take on the Dark Phoenix storyline). This presents a dilemma in the form of her codename. I really don't like the idea of Jean using her given name in battle. However, Marvel Girl is fairly generic and even her creators weren't terribly happy with it. I decided to go with the codename Vanguard, though it's worth mentioning that it's already taken by a (D-list) character within the Marvel Universe.

As always, I love hearing from you all so please feel free to leave your thoughts and any questions you may have below.

Enjoy! :)
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WOLWATCHER12 Featured By Owner May 21, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
That is a very sleek version of Jean Grey.
And giving her the Code name Vanguard is good too.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner May 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Glad you like the design and choice of codename. :)
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WOLWATCHER12 Featured By Owner May 24, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
No problem.
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Jovan2013 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017
Jean Grey looks awesome, the colour palette looks great with her redesign. Vanguard is a good codename for Jean Grey, for some reason I always thought the name would be good for a Thor character.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Superfan44 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017
I've always had a soft spot for Jean Grey, and I'm glad that you were able to showcase your own take on her. I love the idea that you have for the design, and taking inspiration from her Phenix look and her 90s suit was good influence for her. The description of the backstory that you have for her is also good, and definitely stays true to the character. Anyway, great job with this piece, and I hope we get to see more Marvel characters for your Marvel Universe head canon encyclopedia in the future.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the comment! I'm glad you like what I've done with Jean here. I'm doubly glad to have someone comment on her who has a soft spot for her, since Jean gets a whole lot of hate from the X-Men fandom.
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WrittenInTheRoses Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Student Writer
Jean Grey is looking fantastic in this design. It's very simple and I like how simple it is, yet it keeps a lot of good details on her as well.

I am loving how the top of her upper body is concealed by the white pattern and golden lining, her helmet, her gloves, and her heels.

The top is more outstanding than her fellow members' top areas. Instead of her having white parted shoulders like Cyclops, Angel and Beast do. It really suits her design.

For her helmet, it's sort of my favorite part partially because she's always seen with it in most of her comic appearances/animated appearances.

Her gloves are very stylish and unique, and one of my favorite kind of gloves. That and she's the only member of the X-Men who has them in her design.

Now for her belt, I like how she has her X symbol on the side like Scott does in his design. Her heels are pretty cute and detailed too, I really like how the golden part is the heel of the boots, that's pretty nifty.

Finally her hair is just fabulous, the style just suits her character a lot. I just like how one part of her is combed down to the side of her face and the rest behind her is sleek and stylish. You did wonderful on her design~! ^^
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you once more for another lovely comment! I really appreciate the level of feedback you've provided. I'm glad that you like how I've styled Jean here, particularly with the inclusion of her headgear.
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Movie-Man Featured By Owner Edited Mar 19, 2017
Vanguard, eh? That's an original I never heard used for her so I'll give you points there. But love me some Jean Grey, looking forward to her ongoing by Dennis Hopeless this year I'll tell you that, dude did great with Spider-Woman from what I've been reading. Now your design I really dig. I keep thinking 90's, your design seems to evoke that but with different colors and a Phoenix touch given the gold stuff. Gold outlines with gray and green, hmm, not bad color scheme and aesthetic choices. Very unique in that perspective. Stash seems to evoke Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) so interesting touch there. And her backstory is relatively similar and I do like the personality traits anyway. So, yeah, quite like this iteration of yours.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Glad you like it.

As a side note, it's important to credit Dave Cockrum with regards to the sash. He originally used it in his design for Phoenix (in 1976) and would later recycle it for his design for Ms. Marvel (in 1978). So, the sash doesn't evoke Captain Marvel. When Carol wears it, she's evoking Jean. That's an important distinction to make. :)
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Movie-Man Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017
Oh, thanks. :)
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Krajax Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017
I'm noticing a teacher theme going on with the X-Men. So are they all basically employed in Xavier's school full-time?
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, the X-Men form the staff at Xavier's.
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool pic, again.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.
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DanFalcon Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I gotta say, the green with the white and gold looks perfect for her, definitely blending the 90s look with her phoenix ensemble in terms of design (Although I have to admit, it does look might similar to Heather Hudson when she was Vindicator vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/m…). It's still a fantastic costume. On the point of her backstory, it definitely makes way more sense that she was the first official student of Xavier's and by extension first member of the X-Men, it always seemed bizarre to me that he taught her in her youth and yet Cyclops was his first student in the main canon. I think this might actually be my favourite overall design of the whole original five, and I gotta say I am curious as to what your take on the Dark Phoenix saga will be.

As for code name, why not Cerebra? If the device is still named Cerebro, and Jean is the main user of said device after Xavier, I should think that Cerebra is an open code name for her. But I will admit, Vanguard definitely sounds like a fantastic name for her though.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!

By the time the colours were laid down, I instantly recognized the similarity to one of Vindicator's costumes. Although, I don't particularly think that's a bad thing especially if I design something altogether different for Heather (if/when I draw her).

Admittedly, there's always going to be a bit of privileging for me with Jean because she's my favourite of the original five X-Men. I have that bias, so she'll likely always be portrayed as the first and best of the bunch. That's not to say I see her as perfect. If anything, my take on her is probably more flawed and realistic than what we usually see from her.

In terms of the Dark Phoenix Saga, it's fantasy inspired rather than science fiction inspired. The Shi'Ar wouldn't be a distant planet (rather, they'd be a hidden nation on Earth) and the Phoenix wouldn't be a cosmic entity. So, it's more about the supernatural and magic than space opera hijinks.

Vanguard it is then! 
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DanFalcon Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The Shi'Ar being a hidden nation as opposed to an extraterrestrial race definitely is a much preferred to change for me. I mean, don't get me wrong, I liked the original Claremont story with the Shi'Ar, but I'll be damned if I don't think the X-Men should go to space unless it's absolutely necessary. The Phoenix could potentially be just some sort of a magical entity instead then, or perhaps it's the leftover consciousness of an older mutant, one even older than Selene or even Apocalypse. The original telepath. It would then just find a worthy vessel to embody (or that could just be a batshit crazy idea).
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The X-Men have had so many adventures in space, but it's never been something I've loved. Mind you, I dig the Brood, though that's largely because they're an homage to the xenomorphs.

In contrast, the supernatural is rarely explored. There's Limbo and Dracula, but precious else. I wonder if it's due to the fact that mutants themselves exist within a very scientific kind of narrative (evolution).

But I digress. I personally love the idea of seeing the Shi'Ar Empire being portrayed as mix of Egyptian and Chinese culture, with Lilandra being portrayed by a woman of colour.
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DanFalcon Featured By Owner Edited Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The Brood are among my favourite alien races in any comic series. Alien is one of my favorite movies of all time, so an homage to them is fantastic and the X-Men fighting the brood always leads to some epic moments.

Dracula was great in his x-men interactions (Curse of the Mutants anyone?), but the X-men have been rather far removed from the Supernatural. Honestly, with the idea you proposed of Wolfsbane being on the Nightstalkers I absolutely loved it.

Bonus points if D'Ken takes inspiration from Genghis Khan there. 
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually liked Aliens better, but Alien is really good too. I think my only issue with it had to do with pacing during the first big chunk of the film. Then again, I'm super impatient and have a difficult time sitting through most movies these days.

The other upside of the original Brood saga was that it gave us a really great sequence with Storm where she sacrifices herself before she can be overtaken by the Brood. The follow-up during the Outback era was kind of cool too. A whole town overtaken by Brood is a great idea. Though I guess that'd be kind of cliche now, huh?

I guess one slight element of the supernatural that is often forgotten is that Storm is actually part of a race of mages. It was also suggested that a future version of herself would be a sorceress.

Ooh, a Genghis Khan-inspired D'Ken? I'm here for it. Also, imagine Michelle Yeoh playing Lilandra.
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DanFalcon Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I can totally see how you would like Aliens better, and I do love that movie as well, but I like the first one just a little more. But hey to each their own.

That is one of my favourite moments for Storm in any comic. Just so well done, and it definitely fits with her character. That idea being cliche is only because of overexposure not doing anything creative with it. Bear in mind, an idea done to death can be interesting as long as something new is done with it. For example, zombies can be boring if everything is like Night of the Living Dead. However, if you make it an outrageous slapstick (Braindead, Zombieland), and interesting character study in society (The Walking Dead), or a straight up B-Movie schlock-fest (Z-Nation), the idea is fresh in each because something new is being done with it. 

Holy crap I completely forgot she was from a race of mages. How often is that even referenced in the comics?

Michelle Yeoh as Lilandra? I didn't know I wanted that so badly until now, but please god give me this now!
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know if I'd be able to pick a favourite Storm moment since there have been so many (especially during Claremont's first run). From her overcoming Magneto's machine to her facing off against Emma Frost during the body switch to her showdown with Callisto to her face off against Cyclops.

There are phases actually. For a very long time, zombies were out of fashion and there weren't many mainstream films or television shows that featured them. That started to change when we got Zack Snyder's remake of Dawn of the Dead and the Resident Evil films. For a while there, vampires were having their moment. Zombies experienced the same, though interest seems to be waning.

I believe Chris Claremont is the only one who ever references the fact that she has magic in her blood.
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oogawege Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Student Artist
Hitman shades Heather is still best Heather.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Certainly an interesting look for Heather. Although, you have to admit that she looks reminiscent of Princess Adora in that get-up (www.toon-guy.com/funnypaperz/p…).

Of course, you know I've gotta ask since I know you've seen it, what do you think of Jean's design and backstory here? And her new codename? ;)
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oogawege Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Student Artist
I like her new look. I am the biggest "Jean's boring" sort of X-Men fan, so honestly any change is good.

It took a lot of death & rebirth to keep her relevant, and all they needed was just HEY LOOK TEEN JEAN.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
To be honest, I think there's a lot of misconceptions about who Jean Grey is as a character that have contributed to this idea that she's somehow an inadequate character. I imagine part of this comes from the adaptations, many of which do little to develop her as anything more than a plot device. The comics are more generous with her development. After all, there's little arguing that she wasn't one of the most well-written characters from '91 until around '00 (Grant Morrison kind of made her... Not so great).
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oogawege Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Student Artist
Quesada didn't like her as much as Emma Frost or something.

I honestly just like Rachel more. Short hair, scarier...Phoenix II has more going for her.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The rumour was that Quesada based his editorial decisions on his own nostalgic preferences. Fans frequently stated that he wanted Marvel’s output to be as it was when he was first introduced to comics. This meant a dead Jean Grey and an unmarried Peter Parker. I’m not sure if this is wholly true, but that was the rumour regarding why Jean was unceremoniously killed off and why she was seemingly the singular exception to the constant return of dead heroes.

Short hair? Isn’t it superficial to base your preferences for a character on a hairstyle? Also, Jean can be scary as hell. I definitely recommend reading X-Men #28 (oddly enough that’s the issue used as her background image here) where she thrashes Sabretooth. There’s also the issue of New X-Men where she completely rips through Emma Frost’s mind and forces her to relive the worst traumas in her life. If there’s one X-Man I’d fear most, it’d be Jean. I’d hate to be on her bad side.

Rachel is a character I want to like, but have found her behaviour over the years to amount to that of an archetypal teenage character. She’s whiny, bratty, selfish, and lacks the emotional immaturity necessary to navigate through life. Her character waffles between psychic powerhouse and angsty teenager. I’m reminded of the recent all-female X-Men title where she essentially spent most of the first couple of arcs giving Storm grief for no reason and generally being very difficult to work with. She also fell into the clichéd “let’s blame the mistress” way of thinking following Jean’s death and took all of her frustrations out on Emma rather than actually acknowledging Cyclops AND Jean’s role in the dissolution of the marriage. That said, I did have sympathy for her during Claremont’s third run on Uncanny (particularly during End of Greys) and when Kitty had all but cut her out of her life because she was too busy with her relationship with Colossus.
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