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X-Men Evolution - Jean Grey by Femmes-Fatales X-Men Evolution - Jean Grey by Femmes-Fatales
Here's the oh-so-lovely Jean Grey as she appears in "X-Men: Evolution." Other than a drawing of Shadowcat and Rogue, I really haven't drawn any of the X-Men as they appear in that particular costume. It's odd since the X-Men recur so frequently in my gallery and also since I rather enjoyed that cartoon. Though it may have veered away significantly from the source text, it still did an admirable job re-inventing the characters.

Jean Grey was one of the characters I found myself most impressed with in her re-invention. Though it would have been easy to write Jean in as the archetypal cheerleader type, the writers and producers instead chose to present her as an athlete. While she was still popular and remarkable in her physical appearance, she was so much more beyond that. Of course, she was also notable since she had one of the most recognizable evolutions in terms of her powers. If I had to pick, Jean would be among my top three in terms of favourite characters on the show. They also get props for foregoing the Phoenix storylines as it allowed Jean to shine without it. Far too often people say the most interesting thing about Jean is the Phoenix (bullpoop!) so it was refreshing that the only thing about the Phoenix we really got was a small flash-forward in the final episode (although, it would have played a role in the following season had the show been picked up for another season).

I also rather like the look they came up with for her. It's simple but effective. They take some of her coolest elements from her 616 costumes (i.e. the face mask and the colour green) and created a brand-new look for her. I certainly had fun drawing her here and I think she came out rather well. Her hair was especially fun to draw. I threw in the baseball not only to reference her athleticism from the series but to also maybe reference her powers as well. It either looks like she's about to catch it or that she's holding it mid-air. You decide. :P

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Lion-O-VS-He-Man Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
Lovely work. Evo was easily Jean's best showing in animation. The 90s series was almost bizarre in its less than ideal treatment of her, and W&TXM... well, that was a mediocre show at best and she was as flat and vapid as pretty much everyone else for the few minutes she actually appeared on screen. Terrible waste of Jennifer Hale's talents to boot. 


But they, Evo = best animated Jean
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I quite enjoyed "Wolverine & the X-Men" as it had so much potential. It gave us substantial appearances for characters we hadn't really seen adapted in speaking roles since the '90s series (namely Psylocke and Polaris).
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Lion-O-VS-He-Man Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
I'm sorry but I thought the writing for "Wolverine & The X-Men" was pretty sloppy. While it's nice to see a light shined on characters like Polaris & Psylocke the writers didn't do a good enough job of selling us on why it just *HAD* to be Wolverine as the leader other than his popularity, they stubbornly refused to give Cyclops any character development (seriously, they should have let Emma live so Cycke could quit the team & dump Jean so he could go pal around with Emma instead), with th exceptions of Emma & Nightcrawler they stubbornly refused to give any sort of characterization or development to the other X-Men beyond their most bare bone archetypes (Kitty = spunky girl, Iceman = wise cracking young hero, etc.) and their rehashes of Days of Future Past and the Phoenix Saga weren't all that interesting. Hell, they didn't even do much with the idea of Wolverine being pushed out of his comfort zone from ornery rebel to responsible leader. Episodes wasted on Wolverine having G-rated fights with the Hulk and rescuing the X-Men from a bunch of lame ninjas could have been put to better use fleshing out the rest of the team so that they'd be more than a bunch of talking action figures during the fight scenes. 

And then there was the constant recycling of character designs, specifically the faces. Seriously, after a while I felt like I was seeing the same face stacked on 5 or 6 different bodies with different hair. 
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is no different from any other adaptation we've received of the X-Men. Wolverine has been continually thrust into the spotlight and this has created an uneven snapshot for the franchise. Characters are regularly ignored in favor of highlighting him.

The '90s series featured iffy animation and varied in story quality. Some episodes were stellar, while others were disposable. The characters were also adapted poorly - especially Storm and Jean Grey.

The X-Men films degraded in quality and was responsible for the marginalization of other X-Men in favor of shoving Wolverine down our throats. Acting quality was spotty too.

Evo fared better, but still had its dull or predictable moments. It also tended to hinge more on teenage stereotypes than all other versions. Kitty suffered most because of this. What happened to the sassy smart nerdy girl from the comics? I'll never get why they gave her Boom Boom's comic personality.

Then there's the anime. Decent in tone, but harpooned the characters. They became melodramatic and the women were dumbed down.

Across all adaptations, writers continually ignore on simple fact - there's no logical explanation for why Cyclops or Wolverine are chosen for leadership over Storm. She's been the most successful and trusted leader they've ever had. Under her guidance, they've had fewer casualties and have made bigger strides towards improving mutant welfare. That's what makes zero sense to me. Wolverine is ill-suited for team lead, Cyclops' leadership has led to the death of many X-Men, and Rogue's leadership proved disastrous. The only person who has rivalled Storm was Nightcrawler, but he lacks many of the traits and skills Storm has. Adaptations will forever fall short of the comics as long as Storm continues to be marginalized. There's a reason why Chris Claremont's first run on Uncanny X-Men is still upheld as the greatest era for the X-Men -- because he wrote it as Storm and Her Uncanny Friends.
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Lion-O-VS-He-Man Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
The 90s and Evo shows weren't perfect by any means but there's one thing they both did considerably better than W&TXM (or the films for that matter) - selling the X-Men as an actual family unit, something W&TXM didn't even bother with and it shows: No one cared that Colossus was sitting the season out in Russia, no one cared that Cyclops had gone crazy from the heat, no one (outside of Cyclops) cared that Jean had disappeared or that she might still be alive somewhere, etc. 

To end this conversation before things get any worse I will say this: I stand by my words. 
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed! It's all degrees really of how well they've been adapted. My point was that we've yet to get an adaptation that stacks up to Chris Claremont's epic and critically acclaimed run on Uncanny. That's all. :)
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Beaatfuil work on her not sure how I feel about Marvel bring the oringal 60's jean back into the comics
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Jkthelemonking Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
I personally like many of the features of Evolution the most, and the Phoenix thing isn't for developing Jean....its for making Wolverine and Cyclops's lives miserable.

Her development in the other two is minimal at best. Perhaps Wolverine's X Mecan get a slide as she was out of it for a while......
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The original Dark Phoenix Saga had very little to do with making Wolverine's life miserable. It was a love story between Scott and Jean. It's the adaptations that mess around with that by including Wolverine in a rather melodramatic soap opera love triangle that does no favours to any of the characters included. The original Dark Phoenix Saga also dealt with Jean and her own dark impulses and the Ultimate version of the Phoenix storylines place Jean in the forefront of those narratives explicitly dealing with HER perspective. Those familiar with Jean from the comics are aware that her narrative extends beyond Scott and Logan when it comes to the Phoenix.
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Lion-O-VS-He-Man Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
The adaptations are evil - just like Wolverine. ;)
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