When the Stuart Immonen-illustrated cover of All-New X-Men #2 was released earlier this week, most fans presumed that the woman off to the right was Rachel Summers/Grey, because, well, there’s a pretty strong resemblance. Turns out that isn’t the case, according to series writer Brian Michael Bendis, in a post on his message board (he also clarified that it’s not one of his most enduring Marvel creations, either):
The mystery woman is not Jessica Jones OR rachel summers. hmmm…
But it does look like Rachel is still definitely a part of the Wolverine and the X-Men cast, and that Storm is also joining that crew, as they’re both on the cover to November’s issue #21 — as Jason Aaron told us earlier this month, the book is getting “at least one high-profile addition” in the Marvel NOW!/post-Avengers vs. X-Men era, and X-Men don’t come much more high profile than Ororo Munroe.
So: with a long way to go between now and November, who’s your guess for the character on the All-New X-Men #2 cover? The use of the word “mystery” implies Marvel is keeping her identity secret for a reason, though that certainly might just be a red herring. Speculate away!