All-New X-Men #22.NOW

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Stuart Immonen Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 22, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 9
7.8Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

"The Trial of 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!

  • 10
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Jan 23, 2014

    A few things are made very clear this issue, and one of them is that All-New X-Men works best with Stuart Immonen on pencils. Immonen's ability to switch from the serious to the humorous works perfectly with Bendis' knack for interjecting scenes with personality. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 27, 2014

    This issue is setting up a multi-issue crossover event - the Trial of Jean Grey - and considering the guests who show up on the final page, it promises to be a heck of a lot of fun. So far, it's a very promising start! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Jan 24, 2014

    Take some time (with a magnifying glass if necessary) to read the stuff on Hank Pym's blackboard on page #1 of this issue. I found it cool and I got only about half of it, I can only imagine that hard-core fans must have been eating that panel up! Let's add to that the fact that this is a MARVEL.NOW issue. In addition to the normal digital copy of the book, your redemption code will also score you a digital download of the entire first trade paperback! A great deal for the $3.99 cover price. Summing up: Fairly accessible storyline, great blend of dialogue/action, beginning of a galaxy-spanning crossover, superb deal on digital downloads. That makes this a MUST BUY issue in my opinion. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Jan 24, 2014

    This is a great issue of All New X-Men and has me excited to pick up not only the next issue of All New X-Men but also Guardians of the Galaxy. The reaction of Star Lord was priceless. Tons of humor and and action is what every comic should have.People have a very love hate relationship with the writing of Brian Michael Bendis but I have enjoyed his tenure on the X books so far despite some hiccups along the way. Also the .NOW initiative that gives us not only the digital copy of this comic but of the first trade at no extra cost makes this something any new reader would enjoy very much. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 22, 2014

    But the good news is that Stuart Immonen is back on board as artist. Given how rushed Battle of the Atom was towards the end, it's been a while since we've seen Immonen in top form with this series. His talent for rendering epic action and expressive, emotional figures is as impressive now as it was at the beginning of All-New X-Men. Immonen is in good company as he works alongside Sara Pichelli with this crossover, and I'm eager to see the final product collected in one package. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Nerds Unchained - Michael Bowie Jan 25, 2014

    My assumption at this point is that The Trial of Jean Grey is going to another punish Jean Grey for the crimes of the Phoenix story, but this issue, the inclusion of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and how much I have enjoyed both this title and Guardians up to this point gives me hope that there will be enough freshness to the arc to make it more than worth reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - John Ernenputsch Jan 23, 2014

    Overall, Bendis opened up the issue strong as he worked in some amazing character work that signifies Bendis at his very best. I just wish the second half of the issue would have found a more interesting way to get the conflict of the crossover started. It never reached the point where the issue was bad, in fact the issue was a great read throughout, but the second half just felt very by the book. Luckily, where the plot may have slightly faltered late in the issue, the script stayed solid and the art team was great throughout. When this creative team is paired together it feels like an A-list event book, and that is no different with this issue. Now that the pieces are in place for the rest of the crossover I am eager to see if Bendis can continue his great character work and make the next five issues as compelling as the last time Jean Grey was on trial. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Refueled - ironmarco Jan 23, 2014

    All in all this was an exciting first issue in this arc. The art alone sells this issue but there's some good interaction between the team as well. The issue does go by kind of fast just because it's mostly action, but if you're left wanting more that means they were doing something right. The plot doesn't advance terribly far in this issue but it does give some strong set-up to the arc. To keep up with "The Trial of Jean Grey" remember it continues in "Guardians of the Galaxy 11.NOW" Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Comic Booked - Scorpio Moon Jan 22, 2014

    All-New X-Men continues to say "why reboot when you can literally bring your past back into your present," and while I especially enjoyed last issue, I probably could've left this issue on the stands. "The Trial of Jean Grey" has collected edition written all over it. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Jan 24, 2014

    An enjoyable issue from the great Bendis/Immonen creative team, and should make the readers hungry for the larger story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Jan 24, 2014

    Immonen's art is cinematic in scale and his direction makes this feel like The Breakfast Club plus a scary-alien-soldier-attack. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Feb 3, 2014

    Cyclops and Jean Grey's hopes and dreams about the future may be crushed much earlier than it is for most typical teenagers, but they don't have the luxury of curling up into ball and sulking until they accept it. They have to confront what's going to happen to them. And if they don't, a race of angry, war-loving aliens is going to do it for them. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Stuart Conover Jan 24, 2014

    While the introduction was pure classic Bendis and really worked, I felt that the entire fight sequence left too little build up for where we are going with the story arc. Yes, it was beautifully illustrated but we don't know the real reason of what is going on or the consequences that Jean might be facing. I know we'll be getting most if not all of these details in the next issue, but I felt the lack of proper plot movement in the second half and almost completely ignoring X-23 whose now around really took away from what could have been a great issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Jan 25, 2014

    Overall, I hope that this crossover between The X-Men and The Guardians of The Galaxy really helps boost interest in the upcoming film, but more importantly gives Bendis a plot convention to help make this latest "Trial of Jean Grey" storyline interesting. Again, putting aside the laughable attempts at making All New X-Men 022.Now The Trial of Jean Grey #1 appealing to speculators, this whole thing feels a little too familiar. Hopefully, Bendis will find a way to surprise us with something new. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AIPT - Sam Roche Jan 22, 2014

    It sure looks good. With a giant #1 and some pretty font, this issue was all ready to take this series in an entirely different direction. And when Stuart Immonen is on pencils, little can go wrong. But still, this issue was a total drag with piss-poor dialogue and a weak story. This crossover shows few signs of improving, however, I plan to stick around to see it conclude. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Jan 23, 2014

    While this was the set up issue, it was still successful in getting readers excited for the things to come. While Brandon Peterson filled in admirably while Immonen was off the title, it is good to have him back. Bendis and Immonen understand what needs to be done to make this book great, and continue to deliver twice a month. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Jan 24, 2014

    This misstep with Kitty is particularly alarming considering Bendis' similar issue while writing Magneto in "Uncanny X-Men" #16 -- also a really great issue, which depicted Magneto as a character at odds with his previous appearances in the series. In the end, a stunningly gorgeous and surprisingly charming "All-New X-Men" #22.NOW is undermined by two panels of sloppy character work and all-too-convenient plotting. Read Full Review

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