I love Jean Grey; she’s one of my favorite fictional characters ever, and even if she weren’t I’d still think she was amazing on the social grounds that she paved for other female superheroes in comics.
But her actions in the last few pages of ANXM #8? Yeah, no. That was bad of her. That was very, very bad.
That isn’t her genuinely taking control in an empowering way, or usurping Scott as the team’s brain or whatever people are trying to argue. That’s her invading Warren’s mind and right to privacy by essentially shutting his free will down and forcing him to yield to her opinions.
Like, don’t get me wrong. Jean has as much right as any of the X-Men to be pissed about her future, and her insistence that her team stay and pick up the pieces is a real testament to her strength. Warren and Scott’s situations aside, Jean has easily lost the most out of all of them, and thanks to her telepathy has to deal with the brunt of everything at once. It’s an absolutely miserable situation to be in.
But that doesn’t make her actions okay…. And that’s great!
What really makes Jean such a phenomenal character is her struggles with morality. Her greatest moments as a character- and some of the greatest moments in American comics- have come during times when she has easily been the most powerful person on her team (and in her universe) and we’ve watched her struggle with that level of power, teetering between good and evil.
ANXM is the perfect opportunity to bring up that conflict within Jean; like I’ve said, she’s at a point where she’s lost absolutely everything, and she’s just discovered that she’s the world’s most powerful telepath.
Of course she’s going to do some horrible stuff in order to hold her life together; she’s a sixteen(?)-year-old girl going through hell. And hopefully, that horrible stuff will conflict with her conscience, and coming out of that we’ll have Jean Grey at her best again; an incredibly strong, loving, and righteous hero.
But for that to happen, we need to acknowledge when she does wrong. And what she did to Warren in the most recent ANXM was very, very, wrong.