Saving the world is never easy.
The first issue of X-Men Red sheds plenty of light on how the resurrected Jean Grey fits into the current Marvel Universe.
Warning: this article contains spoilers for X-Men Red #1!
When Marvel first announced X-Men Red last year, they made it clear that Jean would be leading her own new team of mutants. But why Jean chooses these specific characters and what their true mission is was never clear until now. This issue reveals that Jean’s goal is nothing less than saving the world.
In this opening chapter, Jean pays a visit to Wakanda and enlists Black Panther’s help in gathering a group of scientists, engineers, philosophers, artists and other thinkers. Her goal is to psychically borrow their collective knowledge and insight and develop a plan for building a better and more tolerant world.
From there, Jean begins assembling her new team. While Wolverine and Honey Badger are recruited mainly because they happen to be in the right place at the right time, Jean specifically reaches out to Nightcrawler and Namor. In the case of the former, Jean is counting on their long friendship and his status as the conscience of the X-Men. With the latter, Jean needs an ally with the political clout to help get the mutant race officially recognized by the United Nations.
By the end of this issue, things seem to be going well, as Jean’s fledgling mutant nation has the backing of both Wakanda and Atlantis. But Jean is thrown a major curve ball when she discovers that an old X-Men villain has resurfaced and is now working against her.
Professor Xavier’s evil twin sister, Cassandra Nova, is back, and she’s already framed Jean for the murder of the UK ambassador to the United Nations. It appears that she’s going to be the first major challenge to this new team.
For more on why you should be adding X-Men Red to your reading list, check out our review for X-Men Red #1.