UPDATE: Marvel on Jan. 2 announced Gambit, currently being featured in "Astonishing X-Men" and the new "Rogue & Gambit," will join the team starting with issue #3, out April 4.

UPDATE: Marvel on Nov. 13 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.”


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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