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X-Men Red: A Major Villain Returns to Terrorize Jean Grey’s New Team

WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for X-Men Red #1, by Tom Taylor, Mahmud Asrar, Ive Svorcina and Cory Petit, on sale now.

The original, adult Jean Grey is back in the Marvel Universe thanks to the events in Phoenix Resurrection and she's jumping right into a leadership role in X-Men Red. If there's anyone who would value a second (or third) chance at being reborn, it's Jean Grey, of course. Thus, this has prompted the X-Man to set a pretty lofty goal for herself upon seeing how much has changed in her absence.

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During the period when she was deceased, the world has become more divisive than ever. The number of mutant-related incidents is on the rise, and some countries are making it legal to imprison -- or kill -- anyone even suspected of being a mutant. Jean plans to make the world a better place for mutants and humans alike, but she'll need some help to make it a reality.

Unfortunately, the surprising return of a villain from the X-Men's past looks to jeopardize Jean's new mission before it gets off the ground.

I Need A Different Perspective

The issue opens with Jean helping two young mutants escape harm. The first involves a girl named Heather being chased by an angry mob, with her own mother among the hateful people out for mutant blood. Thankfully, Jean and her team of X-Men arrive in the nick of time to rescue the scared child, a mission that also allows us our first full look at the roster of X-Men Red. Joining Jean are Nightcrawler, Wolverine (Laura Kinney), Honey Badger (Laura's cloned sister), Namor the Sub-Mariner, Wakandan mutant Gentle and an all-new character named Trinary.

It appears Jean has set up her base of operations underwater, in a place she dubbed "Searebro," which is a playful combination of their undersea locale (most likely thanks to Namor) and the X-Men's mutant-tracking technology, Cerebro. The second rescue actually takes place two months prior, and involves a baby named Toby manifesting his powers after a car-snatching. On the scene ahead of Jean and Nightcrawler were Wolverine and Honey Badger, which is how they end up on the X-Men Red team.

After watching how the local news covers these mutant incidents, Jean realized she'll need a different perspective to tackle the type of problems that have risen since her absence. And to do that will involve some of the greatest thinkers on Earth.

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