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COMIC LEGEND: Chris Claremont planned on Jean Grey’s SISTER being part of X-Factor
As I have detailed in the past, the idea to bring Jean Grey back to life as the fifth member of X-Factor was met with a whole lot of controversy at the time. In fact, as I explained in an old Comic Book Legends Revealed, at one point the plan was going to be that the fifth member was Dazzler and not Jean Grey. Ultimately, Jim Shooter felt it was stronger to have the original five X-Men together.
As you might have guessed, one person who thought that that was a terrible idea was the man who wrote the death of Jean Grey, Chris Claremont. Claremont was distraught over the idea of bringing Jean Grey back to life. So Claremont actually made a counter proposal. He said why not make the fifth member of X-Factor be SARA Grey?
Sara Grey was Jean Grey’s older sister, introduced in X-Men #136…
A year after Jean Grey died, Claremont wrote a story featuring the Grey sisters in Bizarre Adventures #27…
They are kidnapped by Attuma and turned into water breathers…
They escape and Jean alters Sara’s genes…
And then her memories…
So Claremont suggested then that perhaps Jean altering Sara’s genes would then have also triggered her latent mutant powers and then Sara would gain powers, as well! He suggested that Sara’s ability would be to trigger other latent mutants, which would serve her well in the initial pitch of X-Factor as “mutant hunters” (who are secretly trying to protect mutants). In addition, she was a single mother, so she could be open to a relationship with the other single members of the team, opening up all sorts of romantic possibilities.
Shooter liked the idea but he had already committed to Jean Grey’s return, so that was that.
Still, it was a very impressive Hail Mary by Claremont!
Sara Grey, by the way, was later killed off off panel. And then her children were both murdered, too. Ah, comics.
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