UPDATE: Marvel on Monday announced the mutants joining Jean Grey on her so-called Red team. They are Namor, Nightcrawler, Wolverine (Laura Kinney), Laura's sister Gabby, a Wakandan mutant code-named Gentle, and new character Trinary.

“We’ve also got one more fan-favorite hero joining the team in this first arc,” X-Men group editor Mark Paniccia said in comments provided by Marvel. “As the threat level escalates, Jean needs to build a highly specialized team…not just those she trusts, but allies who can survive the oncoming storm.”

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First, they killed her. Then, they resurrected her. Then, they killed her again. Then, they resurrected her again. Now, Marvel is giving the born-again Jean Grey her own team book, "X-Men Red," due out in February, the publisher announced Friday.

The new series, to follow this winter's "Phoenix: Resurrection" miniseries, will be written by Tom Taylor ("All-New Wolverine") with art by Mahmud Asrar ("All-New, All-Different Avengers") and covers by Travis Charest, Marvel said in a statement.

“The time is right for an X-Men book like this, and I'm very excited about the story we're telling in these pages," Taylor said in comments supplied by the publisher, promising a mix of fan-favorite characters and new mutants. "To write a core X-Men book is to walk in the footsteps of giants, so I'm hoping my secret mutant ability is sudden foot-growth.”

“Jean Grey has been one of my favorite characters ever since the Dark Phoenix Saga, so I'm pretty excited to be a part of her return,” Asrar said. “The stories we plan to tell really capture the essence of the X-Men I read lovingly growing up.”

Paniccia says "Red" will feature new uniforms, a new team headquarters and "a surprise villain at the end."

Marvel announced in September it would be bringing Grey, one of the founding X-Men, back from the dead after killing her in 2003's "New X-Men #150." The company also recently resurrected the original version of Wolverine in its "Marvel Legacy" special and revealed the equally non-living Professor X to be alive on the astral plane in the pages of "Astonishing X-Men."

Issue #1 of "X-Men Red" is scheduled to arrive in comic shops Feb. 7.

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