Guardians of the Galaxy #11.NOW (Marvel)

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Rating: 4/5 – “NOW” is the time to jump onto the Trail of Jean Grey crossover.
by ComicSpectrum Reviewer Gilad Levin

Guardians of the Galaxy #11.NOW is the second chapter of “The Trial of Jean Grey”.  At first I was doubtful as to how exactly Brian Michael Bendis was going to bring this story to life in the Guardians title, because it isn’t the first title that comes to mind when thinking about a trail for Jean Grey. But this book renders those thoughts utterly false. The story feels natural and the involvement of the Guardians is a pleasant surprise that makes sense in the context of the issue, as it doesn’t just pick up right after the events in All New X-Men #22.NOW but instead gives insight into why the Guardians decide to get involved in the trial in the first place.

Bendis took what could have been an ordinary story and has turned it into something much more by flipping the perspective and giving us the inside view on why the Shi’ar send a squad out after Jean, something we got an “outside looking in” view of in All-New X-Men’s Chapter 1.  This book could read just as easily as part 1 of the storyline.

The dynamics in the book are very delicate. Every character has a special relationship with another and the story manages to deliver on almost every level as a result. It’s funny when it needs to be funny and is serious when it needs to be serious. The lines between funny and serious are very blurred, but Bendis’ ability to tread the fine line that keeps them separate is what makes him a talented writer.

Jump onto this crossover with this issue even if you missed chapter one, from the first page I was sold on the great art and storytelling.  I look forward to more as the trial continues.

Reviewed by: Gilad Levin
(gilad@comicspectrum.com
)
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