Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Stuart Immonen
This issue marks part one of the six part All-New X-Men/Guardians of the Galaxy cross-over The Trial of Jean Grey. I fell off of All-New X-Men and Guardians mid last year once I realized that after ten years Bendis and I should take a break and see other people.
Bendis is an incredibly skilled and talented writer. I still think he blew his great plot ideas after Secret Invasion, but even then he is undoubtedly one of the greatest dialogue writers in comic books today. I even enjoyed Age of Ultron with its lack of Ultron due to the interesting character interactions of Logan and Sue Storm. With all of that, Bendis still has that touch. Half this issue is basically Jean and Scott fighting and although nothing really happens, like a Kevin Smith movie, you can’t help but enjoy what he puts the characters through. I think the break from Bendis has made me appreciate his amazing skill in dialogue. And that doesn’t say anything negative about the plot and what he is building. I am honestly interested in where this is going and seeing GotG and the X-Men interact in future issues (nothing really happens until the final page in this issue).
Immonen is an incredibly skilled artist and is amazing when he works with Bendis. He has a great talent at both subtle facial expressions and superheroic action. He is one of the bigger guns at Marvel and I honestly would love to see more of his work on indie books in the future. He has a defined style that is only his and can only be poorly mimicked. He does a stellar job in this issue. At points, some of his work in this issue is very reminiscent of Walter Simonson’s work on early X-Factor issues which is not a negative statement at all.
I highly recommend this book even though I assume most of you are picking it up anyway. Bendis and Immonen show they still have great things to give us as comic fans even after ten strong years. If I could give one complaint, which this is often my complaint about Marvel Comics any longer, it is annoying to pay $4 for only seventeen pages of story. Luckily, these seventeen pages are extremely strong.
Rating 4.5 out of 5