All-New X-Men #23

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Stuart Immonen Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 12, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 7
8.1Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

•  Jean is on trial and it's up to the All-New X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy to get her free.

  • 10
    Comics Refueled - vashmcdash Feb 13, 2014

    With a great mesh of personalities, space combat, story, beautiful art and well placed humor this issue is has it all. And the best part is there was a great cliff hanger that is just killing me to read what is going to happen next. So definitely make sure you check this issue out, you will not be disappointed! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Feb 13, 2014

    It's respectful, reverent, and experienced. And the creative team as a whole is on the same page for a thrill ride across the galaxy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Stuart Conover Feb 14, 2014

    Now we come to the close of the book which happens to be my favorite aspect of it. Here we are with the Guardians in danger and in need of help when out of the blue another ship comes to their rescue. Long term fans of the X-Men are going to instantly recognize who just showed up and this is a surprise that really topped the issue off for me. Their saviors are the Starjammers, once again being lead by Corsair who should by all accounts be dead. For those of you unfamiliar with Corsair, he is an ex-pilot turned space pirate that also happens to be both Cyclops' and Havock's father. I'm not sure how they are going to explain away his return to the land of the living but I'm looking forward to it and hope it's something that really works. It'd be nice if it somehow ties in with what the Shi'ar are up to as well. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GoCollect - @TonyTheGamerDad Feb 13, 2014

    This is a great book as well as a fantastic story arc. I am genuinely interested in how this is going to end and what the long term repercussions will be. As I said, the art is eye catching, the writing is tight, the humor is surprising and very funny, and the whole set up was actually done in a logical way. Fans of the X-Men need to pick this book up, as well as anyone looking for a good read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 12, 2014

    Not to mention that Stuart Immonen is delivering some amazing visuals. Bendis' script gives Immonen a wide variety of material to work with. There are intimate emotional scenes that hinge on facial work. There's slapstick, comedic banter. There's epic space warfare and explosions abound. If we've learned anything from this crossover so far, it's that there's nothing Immonen can't draw impeccably well. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Feb 14, 2014

    So far, this has been a lot of fun - but with only two issues to go, this is shaping up to be a very short trial. Lucky Jean's not using the Flash's lawyer! Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Feb 13, 2014

    I've been enjoying Uncanny X-Men more than this series but this crossover, which I was not exactly excited about before hand, has made me start to rethink that a little. A fun comic with witty dialogue and great art is something no one should miss. This is also a great place for the newer X readers to jump on and that's never a bad thing. This crossover is not to be missed. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Nerds Unchained - Michael Bowie Feb 15, 2014

    It would have been very easy for this arc to fall into the trap of same old thing, but to this point Brian Michael Bendis has managed to to keep things fresh enough that it doesnt matter that the X-Men (though technically not these X-Men, or the Guardians) have been in this situation before. And with the development at the end of this issue, I am very interested in seeing what happens in the next chapter. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Feb 17, 2014

    Brian Bendis is able to return to form with All-New X-Men #23 and deliver exactly the type of engaging comic book I have come to expect from him since the Marvel NOW! era began. Even though this is a talking heads issue Bendis does enough to continue to build on the tension created from the latest adventure the time displaced X-Men have found themselves in the middle in. He does this by creating multiple storylines for us to follow during this crossover with the most interesting being left for last. Hopefully, Bendis can continue this momentum into the next issue of Guardians of Galaxy and he does not hit the same problems he did in the previous issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Feb 14, 2014

    Every reader who picks up this issue will likely have strong opinions regarding the twist at the end. Without spoiling anything, new readers will likely be flabbergasted, and possibly confused by the sequence, and long time X-readers will likely be pleased by the return of familiar space farer. Even if this plot point back fires and creates a confusing mess of mutant history, it at least proves that Brian Michael Bendis is not holding back in his exploration of the mutant universe. Stuart Immonen fills the issues with his usual high quality art, and his proves that he can easily adapt to the cosmic setting and a multitude of new characters. After two issues that told the same story, "All New X-Men" feels like a welcome boost to the arc, and will surely keep readers intrigued. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Feb 17, 2014

    Filled with action, suspense, and an awful lot of humor and inside references (such as Kitty Pryde's mention of her uncomfortable past with space travel), the pairing of the two teams is a lot of fun while the pre-trial moments between Jean Grey and a Shi'ar telepath continue to set the stage for the trial yet to come. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Feb 17, 2014

    There will be some who feel that Bendis's trademark decompression still hampers "The Trial of Jean Grey," particularly with the double-page conversation spreads, not to mention the fact that it's taken three issues for much of anything to happen. (And there are others still who will scoff at Bendis's handwaving with the return of a cult classic X-Men supporting character, one who will have a lasting impact on Scott Summers and company.) Still, this comic crackles with energy and likeability, even if the actual amount of content might be a little too low to make this book truly memorable. But if action and drama are what you crave, All-New X-Men #23 is well worth a shot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Feb 13, 2014

    A last page reveal opens up the universe just a little bit more and made all the difference for me between buying this comic in paper or pawning a digital version from a pal. There's a lot of story to be told still and despite the slow, deliberate start to "The Trial of Jean Grey," Bendis and company are rounding the corner and raising the stakes. Now that the story is over half complete (although the checklist at the back identifies six issues contrary to the five parts promised on the cover) the conclusion of "All-New X-Men" #23 hits an unexpected note and offers a payoff to readers, locking them in for future installments, while raising questions, giving answers and promising a lot more adventure in the remaining three chapters. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Feb 17, 2014

    Even with the lack of story progression, in my opinion, this was still a pretty solid book and well worth reading. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Feb 13, 2014

    Brian Michael Bendis has a lot of fun having the All-New X-Men interact with the Guardians of the Galaxy. It gets a little tiresome when he leans on Iceman and Rocket Raccoon for humor but its pretty much par for the course for a Bendis title. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Alan Shields Feb 14, 2014

    Ultimately, I'm not honestly expecting much of a payoff from this crossover, but with Bendis at the helm, I know I may be proven wrong, and whatever happens, ‘The trial of Jean Grey' is still pretty entertaining at its mid-point. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    AIPT - Sam Roche Feb 13, 2014

    This was the least successful issue of All-New X-Men to date, but that doesn't mean things can't change. From what we've seen so far, Guardians might be a strong enough tie-in to carry this crossover even if we don't see some better material in this book. Read Full Review

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