All New X-Men #22.NOW – Comic Book Review

The first issue of the Trial of Jean Grey starts off strong as the Shi’ar attempt to take Jean Grey into custody. Bendis hits gold with an amazing discussion between Cyclops and Jean Grey.

The arrival of the original X-Men in the present sent shockwaves through the Marvel Universe, but we’ve only seen the effects on Earth. When alien races learn that Jean Grey, host of the destructive Phoenix Force, is back on earth, they do something about it. Now it’s up to the rest of the All-New X-Men and the Guardians of the Galaxy to save Jean Grey from twisted intergalactic justice! Don’t miss two of Marvel’s biggest franchises crossing over for the first time!

Published: January 22, 2014
Rating: Rated T
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Stuart Immonen

Who do you turn to when there’s no one to turn to? Jean Grey finds herself in that situation because no one can relate to her situation. Jean is the only one of the All New X-Men, who knows exactly what is going on. She knows all about the fates of her teammates and she can’t tell anyone.

All New X-Men #22 is the first issue of the Trial of Jean Grey. The alien race, the Shi’ar attempt to take Jean Grey into custody for crimes that her future self would commit, i.e. blow up an entire planet. As exciting as this bit of action is, the real action takes place in the cafeteria, where Cyclops and Jean have it out with Angel caught in the middle.

Jean, it seems, is carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders and Cyclops is trying to be a shoulder to cry on. Instead of accepting the help of her teammates, she feels she has to alienate herself from her team. Ahhh, teenagers.

This is a great issue all around. Bendis has never been better, especially when it comes to writing teenage angst. Stuart Immonen is a master at telling a story with only pictures and the lines from Wade von Grawbadger are sharp and clean. The colors of Marte Gracia does nothing but enhance the drama that is already there.

The next act of the Trial of Jean Grey is in Guardians of the Galaxy, where Sara Picelli takes over the art.