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Guardians of the Galaxy #11 - .NOW The Trial of Jean Grey Part 2 of 6 Review

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The Guardians are about to get involved with the X-Men and Jean Grey's problems. Find out how and why this happens.

The Good

If you read last week's ALL-NEW X-MEN #22, you know that the Shi'ar have targeted Jean Grey. You're likely aware that the original X-Men from the past have been brought to the present and are currently stuck here. Once the Shi'ar got word, they apparently decided Jean Grey must pay for the death and destruction the Phoenix Force committed years ago. Sounds crazy but it's what is giving us the groundwork for an interesting crossover.

With a big "#1" on the cover, it's clear that this is a jumping on point. With Infinity wrapped up and eyes on Thanos, the Guardians have a little respite from Star-Lord's father, the king of Spartax. Without making it feel obvious, this issue does a nice job in introducing the characters to new readers while giving those who've been around with the series a chance to see a little downtime with them. This fleshing out makes them feel more human (despite Star-Lord being the only actual human).

Tying into ALL-NEW X-MEN, this issue actually takes place slightly prior to what we saw in last week's issue. It gives us a flip side view of what led up to the moment the Shi'ar arrived on earth to confront the X-Men. Needless to say, this issue doesn't force you to read that issue of ALL-NEW X-MEN but if you're digging what Brian Bendis is doing here, you're going to want to check that out as well.

How great is Sara Pichelli's art? My goodness. Every single scene makes you stop and stare. The details in the facial expressions and backgrounds are brilliant. You can't help but want to see more of Marvel's space if Pichelli's the one drawing it all.

The Bad

There's no complaints. The Shi'ar's reasoning seems absurd in my opinion. But what can you say about an alien race? I was skeptical of this crossover but I can't wait to see the next chapter.

The Verdict

Crossing over with last week's ALL-NEW X-MEN (also written by Brian Michael Bendis), this seemed like an odd crossover but you can clearly see how it will work. Brian Bendis and Sara Pichelli are taking these characters to new heights. In an issue that isn't heavy on the action, we get to know them a little better and that gives a connection that makes readers want to come back for more. Pichelli's art is gorgeous and Bendis' combination of storytelling and wit makes the issue a fun read. If you haven't been reading GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY lately, now is definitely the time to start (or should I say "NOW" is the time?).

29 Comments
Posted by nerdork

Great review Tony. Thanks!

Posted by GrenadeFlow

I'm skipping this because I can't afford a crossover, hopefully I'll be able to jump back on after the crossover.

Posted by CaptainHoopla

Serious question, after the first three issues, has this book been anything other than crossover issues? First Age of Ultron/Angela fallout, then Infinity, now All-New X-Men. Can this book be enjoyed on its own?

Edited by Maddpanda531

@captainhoopla: I've thoroughly enjoyed every issue of this series, regardless of whether it's a crossover or not.

Posted by Dark_Guyver

So I got a question. This book was basically taking place the same time as ANXM. Will the rest of the cross over take the same approach where both books tie into each other? Or will they take the usual cross over approach?

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Well Drax is a human even if he doesn't look it and Star Lord is only half human even if he doesn't look it.

Posted by New_World_Order

Well Drax is a human even if he doesn't look it and Star Lord is only half human even if he doesn't look it.

Star Lord does look human though.

Posted by PunyParker

Damn it with the renumbering Marvel......jeez

Posted by G-Man
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Posted by dreamfall31

Shouldn't this be The Trial of Jean Grey #2?

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@thundergodswrath: Yea but looking =/= being. I mean Namor looks human but he's not, Beast dosn't look human but he is.

Damn it with the renumbering Marvel......jeez

It's not renumbered, it's just the arc number, the issue number (11) is in the bottom right corner.

Posted by PunyParker

@g_man said:

@punyparker: This is issue #11. No re-numbering.

Why's there a humongous #1 on the right top corner?

Also i get inpiration of all the canceled and renumbered books as well as the ones to come....(ASM #1 e.g.)

Edited by PunyParker

@thundergodswrath: Yea but looking =/= being. I mean Namor looks human but he's not, Beast dosn't look human but he is.

@punyparker said:

Damn it with the renumbering Marvel......jeez

It's not renumbered, it's just the arc number, the issue number (11) is in the bottom right corner.

Oh.Ok.

Posted by New_World_Order
Posted by Admiral_IronBeast

@g_man said:

@punyparker: This is issue #11. No re-numbering.

Why's there a humongous #1 on the right top corner?

Also i get inpiration of all the canceled and renumbered books as well as the ones to come....(ASM #1 e.g.)

Its a marketing ploy... you r more likely to buy comics that start with a number 1 ("hey this looks like a good jumping on point I am gonna buy it..."). @G-Man did an amazing 2-minute timeout on the renumbering issues trend if you want more info bout it

Posted by Cap10nate

I have said this each of the past 5 or 6 months but I think I am going to finally drop this book. I am still not a fan of Bendis' characterization of the team and dialog and I'm not a big enough fan of the art to buy it for that. Too many other good books out there for me. Au revoir GOTG.

Edited by sagejonathan

I have said this each of the past 5 or 6 months but I think I am going to finally drop this book. I am still not a fan of Bendis' characterization of the team and dialog and I'm not a big enough fan of the art to buy it for that. Too many other good books out there for me. Au revoir GOTG.

Serious question, after the first three issues, has this book been anything other than crossover issues? First Age of Ultron/Angela fallout, then Infinity, now All-New X-Men. Can this book be enjoyed on its own?

I agree with both. I just dropped the book too. The past 3 months have been fillers/crossovers, and so is this one.... and the next one. Not only that but the art has never been particularly good either. The only positive I give the series is that there was some good action in the beginning and Bendis can make good dialogue. Otherwise, it is a really quick read that has little to no momentum imo.

Posted by tximinoman

So the Shi'ar decided to judge Jean based on crimes that not she (hell not even her future self) but the phoenix force pretending to be her future self did. And even though it wasn't her future self who did it, it was the phoenix force pretending to be her, and even though it was judged then and died, and even though after that her future self came back to life and stay on earth for about twenty years without being judge or anything... they decide that right now seems like the perfect time to judge her.

There was a time when Shi'ar people seem smart.

Aside from that... I guess the art was good. I give them that.

Edited by iaconpoint

What I don't understand about Marvel's craptacular numbering is how they have 011 instead of just 11. We all know none of their books will ever again reach 50 let alone 100 so why the extra digit?

Posted by Maddpanda531

What I don't understand about Marvel's craptacular numbering is how they have 011 instead of just 11. We all know none of their books will ever again reach 50 let alone 100 so why the extra digit?

To give us hope

Posted by SoA

i gave this book a 3 , just because it was so bland , i like how it came full circle but i just shrugged at the end because i was ok just reading all new x-men , nothing really new to add to the story , even the gamora and angela vs "gamora felt meh . and the art was not as heart stopping as suggested in the review

Posted by PunyParker

@punyparker said:

@g_man said:

@punyparker: This is issue #11. No re-numbering.

Why's there a humongous #1 on the right top corner?

Also i get inpiration of all the canceled and renumbered books as well as the ones to come....(ASM #1 e.g.)

Its a marketing ploy... you r more likely to buy comics that start with a number 1 ("hey this looks like a good jumping on point I am gonna buy it..."). @G-Man did an amazing 2-minute timeout on the renumbering issues trend if you want more info bout it

I know about it....that's why i complained about the renumbering in my original post,bro.

Edited by DatHomieSilverSurfer

Damn, I really dislike Bendis and his characterization of these guys, Drax and Gladiator in particular. Drax calling rocket "furry creature" seemed off, Drax has been established as talking like a normal human, only more sarcastic and @ssholish. And wtf was up with Gladiator. I feel like all the character growth he's had in the past 10 years in being totally ignored for this ludicrous concept to work.

Bendis needs to just step away from this book and leave it in the hands of someone more capable of writing decent sci-fi. There has only been one actually GotG story arc, and it happened in issues 1-3. Their name is a misnomer, they should be designated Guardians of Earth or something.

/end rant

Posted by WhineHaus

I loved this issue, and it was the first one I've read of the title. It made me want to start reading Guardians of the Galaxy.

Edited by Kreniigh

Ah, that one time when the Phoenix entity destroyed a planet... A never-ending wellspring of story potential, like a nervous tic the Marvel Universe can't get rid of. Others have already pointed out that if the Shi'ar were that perturbed by it, well, there's Rachel over there, and Scott and the five, oh, and that time Jean Grey was alive for a few years...

But really, how about that time Annihilus destroyed hundreds of planets and tried to destroy all life in the universe? Why are these people even talking to him? And don't get me started on the Brood. This is like a UN Security Council meeting with Somali pirates and the ebola virus engaged in talks.

Posted by The_Titan_Lord

Nice.

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Posted by Fenderxx

man, the art is sooo good, my god.

Posted by mickeymayhew

@fenderxx said:

man, the art is sooo good, my god.

seconded!!