Jean Grey just made a big move for mutantkind in the first issue of her brand new comic book series, X-Men: Red. With support from Wakanda and Atlantis, Jean Grey has formed the Mutant Nation with the purpose of giving all mutants a national identity. Jean believes this new direction will help her “change the world“.
X-Men fans rejoiced when it was announced that the adult version of Jean Grey, a longtime host of the Phoenix Force, was being brought back after 13 years of absence from the Marvel Universe. In the five-part miniseries Phoenix Resurrection, it was revealed that the Phoenix Force brought Jean back so that they could merge again. However, Jean was unwilling to bond with the cosmic entity and rejected it so that she can finally live her own life. The next chapter of Jean’s life unfolds in X-Men: Red, which sees Jean forming her own team of mutants. Among the heroes joining her in her new journey are X-23, Nightcrawler, and Namor the Sub-Mariner.
Jean Grey decided to begin her new lease on life by making a game-changing decision for both herself and mutantkind as a whole. Seeing the hatred and division that has taken over the country, Jean decides that action must be taken. Jean gathers some of the greatest minds in the world to look for an idea that will change things for the better. After reading all their minds at once, Jean knows what she has to do.
Jean visits the United Nations and makes a plea for mutants to have representation. Since mutants are considered “stateless” and are always grouped together as “mutants” without any regard for their identities as citizens of a sovereign country, Jean establishes “The Mutant Nation” so that mutants can finally have their own national identity. Jean’s case is supported by Black Panther, the King of Wakanda and Namor, the King of Atlantis.
Though this move is ground-breaking, it’s not the first time mutants have tried to start their own country. Past attempts at this have generally involved mutants settling in a certain territory, like Genosha or Utopia, and living in isolation from humanity. What makes this different is that Jean wants to give mutants a national identity that represents them all, rather than just a place to live.
Mutant persecution has been a prevalent topic in X-Men comics since the characters were first created in the early 1960s. Mutants have always been despised and feared by much of humanity, resulting in the creation of many villainous anti-mutant organizations, such as the Purifiers. Professor Xavier and the X-Men have struggled to be champions of mutant rights for decades, but characters like Magneto have only made human-mutant relations more difficult. Persecution against mutants has often been utilized by writers as a metaphor for real-life racism and prejudice against minorities. These themes have also played out in X-Men films as well as the FOX TV series The Gifted.
Jean is right that one of the causes of the constant persecution of mutants is that they’re generally on their own and without the support of their respective countries. Does Jean Grey’s Mutant Nation actually stand a chance at changing the world?
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