The Guardians/X-Men crossover continues here, as this issue shows what the Guardians were up to that led them to appear on the last page of last week’s All-New X-Men #22. I haven’t done a review of that comic, because it was one of those books the UK was shorted on, but it was really great, and this issue ending at the same point was a clever decision on the part of Brian Michael Bendis.
The issue begins with Star-Lord drinking in a bar on Knowhere (it was good to have Knowhere show up again, as it was a big part of DnA’s run) and trying to pick up hot alien chicks like the Captain Kirk that he is. However, his pick-up techniques are interrupted by Gamora, who, being the deadliest (and hottest) woman in the Galaxy, is pretty intimidating. Gamora wants to know why Peter is in Knowhere, as the Spartax are still out to capture him, and he says that, because this is the first place anyone would look, he figures that they’ve already been here and looked, so it’s safe. Which does kind of make sense. Quill then says that, anyway, the Spartax are know looking for Thanos instead, so he has nothing to worry about. And then… he points his gun at Gamora’s chest. In a development that should have been obvious because Gamora is in her old costume, but actually surprised me a bit, this isn’t Gamora, it’s a Skrull Bounty Hunter hired by J’Son of Spartax to track down his son whilst the Spartax Empire turns their attentions to Thanos. She drugs Star-Lord and drags him off.
Speaking of J’Son, this issue sees the return of the Galactic Council meetings, as he, along with the rest of the alien leaders, are told all about Jean Grey, and the Shi’ar’s plans to bring her in to answer for her crimes as The Phoenix. I did find it interesting that both J’Son and the Supreme Intelligence, who are terrible dickheads, both objected to Gladiator’s plans here, because this Jean is from the past, and hasn’t actually done the crimes she’s accused of yet. Is there something up with Gladiator here? Is he a Skrull too?
After a funny scene with Tony Stark trying to leave a message for the Guardians but not realising he’s live-streaming himself (It’s great how the space tech goes over even his head), it’s back to Knowhere, as the Skrull Bounty Hunter fucks up by walking straight into the real Gamora and Angela. It looks like we’re going to get a decent fight, but Angela just chops the Skrull’s head off, which was cool, I love her no nonsense attitude, you never know what she’s going to do next.
The issue ends with Rocket Raccoon revealing that, after the events of #10, he planted a bug in the Badoon communications system, and set it to monitor any mention of ‘Earth’, which means the Guardians overhear what the Shi’Ar are planning vis a vis Jean Grey. They jet off to try and stop them, but as we’ve already seen in All-New X-Men, they are too late, and arrive just as Jean has been taken and we get to see the flipside of that book’s last page, with a splash of the distraught X-Men.
This was another very fun issue of Guardians, with great dialogue from Bendis and excellent art from Pichelli, who just gets better and better for me. She has a lot to live up to in this crossover, since the other side of it is being drawn by Stuart Immonen, but I think she’s just as good at this point, which is awesome. Both teams are together now, so the real crossovery fun can begin. Will we see them fight each other first? It’s a cliché, but I actually would quite like to see it!