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Guardians of the Galaxy #13 - The Trial of Jean Grey Part 6 of 6 Review

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The Trial of Jean Gray is more like the Riot of Jean Gray, but is there any containing the chaos at this point?

The Good

This issue has some of the best character moments, bar none, that have happened in this entire arc. It’s been a very action-packed arc with the only real downtime being between teams that are already well-established with each other but at the end of this one, we get to see things like Drax chatting up X-23 about her defensive blades, Kitty Pryde and Peter Quill share a tender moment and Iceman the Younger continuously trying to flirt with Gamora and it feels great. Groot and Rocket make some new friends in the best way possible. Before that point, we get to see Jean Grey unleash a power completely different from any other she’d displayed before, and that includes her later life. The question is whether or not that’s enough to convince Gladiator and the Shi’Ar to back off, but beyond that it sets up some very major questions that need answering.

Sara Pichelli has been an absolute dynamo on this title in every issue she’s drawn and now she’s joined by Dave Marquez as both do linework and I honestly can’t tell where the transition happens to the point that I feel like I COULD guess, but I honestly don’t think I’d catch them all. Transitioning artists has often been the bane of comics, even when both are extremely good, it can create a feeling of dissonance but not only is that not present here, I literally can’t tell where one picks up from the other as the characters’ expressions are all incredibly soulful and beautiful, the action scenes are kinetic and frantically paced without becoming a mess or confusing, and the colors, by Justin Ponsor, soar off the page. We get a lot of bright and a lot of dark, but the tone itself is always very chipper and hopeful. This book is absolutely gorgeous.

The Bad

We’re never given that explanation we were all expecting of why, exactly, Gladiator wanted this so badly. It’s not JUST “he’s Gladiator, it’s what he does,” that could’ve been easily explained away by a conversation and there were definite dialog and artistic choices that implied something more was going on than met the eye. In this same vein, the battle itself just sort of “ends.” For as exciting as it is, it just kind of halts when something very specific happens and both sides just sort of agree that enough is enough. We also see the start of the Cyclops solo series which, sadly, means the end to the budding relationship between he and X-23, which was one of the potentially strangest ones in the Marvel U now put either on the back-burner or halted altogether.

The Verdict

I enjoyed this ending, flaws and all. It opens some new, very interesting paths, it begins a few new dynamics, and most of all: it is a ton of fun to read. The art is spectacular and lends a great emotional depth to a comic that could have, very easily, been all sizzle and no steak. There’s a little more setup than I normally like at the end of a major story arc, but it’s easily outweighed by how much closure is ultimately achieved, even if we don’t get it on EVERY detail. There’s still a lot of story to be told for both these teams, and I’m anxious to see what happens now that they’re back to their own devices.

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

This comic sure is pretty and the action is fun but tbh this crossover has had some of the worst characterization I've seen for a while. I get that it's Bendis and he does what he wants but seriously WTF is up with Gladiator?

  • He is good friends with Star Lord
  • After Infinity he has massive respect for the earth heroes and considers them brothers-in-arms
  • He sent his son to an X-Men School
  • He was the one that tried to stop the culling of the Grey family

So why is suddenly a total maniac? I was hoping it was going to be revealed he was under some sort of manipulation but nope it was just bad characterisation Also at what point did Kitty turn in to a 12 year old? I can't have been the only one that cringed when she stood on her tip toes and kissed Star Lord on the cheek then ran away like a schoolgirl.

To this point I was ok with Bendis's GotG, it wasn't great and it wasn't bad. I just thought he was getting used to writing these characters but it's been 13 issues and he still writes all but maybe Peter out of character and so far this book has been nothing more than a luanch platform for earth based heros to have a story arc in space. Most pepole that know me on here know I am a total GotG fanboy and just a space cadet in genral but Bendis has pushed me to my limits. I'm going to give it two more issue since this crossover has finished and if I still not enjoying it it's getting dumped.

Edited by inferiorego

@jonny_anonymous: This issue completely failed on giving us answers to Gladiator's craziness. Bendis kinda tried to explain it, towards the end, but it was laughable at best.

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@inferiorego: Yea I was hoping it was going to be explained as some sort of psionic entity or telepath who has a grudge with Jean Grey was manipulating him but nope. It seems like it was just the easiest way to set up the new Cyclops ongoing and nothing more. I mean did the Guardians and the Starjammers actually do anything other than taxi people around? Also why is everybody acting like Jean is the only Grey around when there is Rachael, Cable and X-Man? Bah this books is just annoying me.

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Posted by MoSsuperman

Was jean mad In the end when scott left.

Edited by ArturoCalaKayVee

@inferiorego: Yea I was hoping it was going to be explained as some sort of psionic entity or telepath who has a grudge with Jean Grey was manipulating him but nope. It seems like it was just the easiest way to set up the new Cyclops ongoing and nothing more. I mean did the Guardians and the Starjammers actually do anything other than taxi people around? Also why is everybody acting like Jean is the only Grey around when there is Rachael, Cable and X-Man? Bah this books is just annoying me.

I usually love Bendis's writing but I completely agree with the issues you have on this cross over and series as a whole. I hate when writers ignore previously established story points - like what you said - Gladiators deal as well as the fact there are at least 3 more Grey's running around. I personally thought this ending was poor and I hope this new psionic energy Jean has (which I don't like) doesn't end up being the Phoenix's daughter or sister or SOMETHING of the sort. (Possibly real Jean Grey returning though somehow? Eh, one can hope.)

Posted by cobra88king8

I feel like Bendis completely ignored everything that gladiator has done since the 90's. It completely ignores everything he's done from Reign of Kings, Thanos Imperitive, and Infinity. I'm really disappointed in him

Posted by HAWK2916

Wow!!! I know never to trust the reviews. This whole event has been garbage and a complete waste of time. Unbelievable!!

Edited by CoffeeSins

I very much enjoyed this wrap up, the fight scenes were solid despite the Gladiator's continuous madness and the new powers Jean displayed were wicked (though by the looks of it, seems like her emotions will get the better of her soon enough ) Out of most of it I liked young Cyclops, he's really growing in a way that seems very different from his present day counterpart. Thank god he buries the hatchet with Jean Grey, acknowledging that how much he loves her, loving her has only led to trouble for the two of them and the rest of the X-Men. I'm amped to see his adventures with Corsair.

Posted by Spideysense44

Kitty Pryde and Starlord anyone??