ALL-NEW X-MEN #23 Review

All-New X-Men #23
Story by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: Stuart Immonen and Wade Von Grawbadger
Colors by: Marte Gracia

Last year, when I heard that the Guardians of the Galaxy would be teaming up with the All-New X-Men, honestly, I was a little bit skeptical. I wasn't sure if the two teams would really mesh well together. However, after reading the first three issues of The Trial of Jean Grey, consider me a believer. This storyline is so intrinsically fun, that it's hard to pick out any flaws with it at all. 

This issue starts off with Cyclops waking up on The Guardians' ship. Immediately, we are showered with Bendis' signature humor. Many jokes derive from the culture shock the X-Men receive, hanging out with a talking raccoon and tree in space. It isn't all fun and games though. Bendis, Immonen, and Von Grawbadger have done a great job conveying the sense of isolation Jean Grey feels, as she's held prisoner by the Shi'ar.

 Of course, that's not to say there aren't any flaws. For die-hard fans of Guardians (such as myself), it's a little annoying to witness Rocket Raccoon's continued annoyance with the 'raccoon' label (Why would his name be Rocket Raccoon if he was annoyed by being called 'a raccoon?'). It doesn't make any sense at all, and the retcon has a bad aftertaste.

Other than that one minor setback, All-New X-Men #23 is a fun comic, which ends on a great cliffhanger, as someone from Cyclop's past is brought into the mix.

Overall Rating: 4/5

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  1. Aren't they going to cause a time paradox?

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    1. I went back and finished the issue. It did end up being very good. I probably did overreact about this retcon. I have a theory on my Twitter that, while upsetting, helps me come to terms with this retcon. That said, my position here has been to write about Rocket Raccoon. A writer must have knowledge and authority, the opposite of that is doubt. And, with Rocket's entire history having possibly been rewritten, in ways not yet fully revealed, I have almost nothing but doubt about the current status of who exactly Rocket is, now. Perhaps, in time, I will feel prepared to write more, who knows?

    2. *theory on my tumblr, we need Edit. Heh.


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