Writer Brian Michael Bendis
Pencilers Sara Pichelli & Stuart Immonen
Inkers Sara Pichelli & Wade Von Grawbadger
Color Artist Justin Ponsor
Letterer VC’s Cory Petit
Trial of Jean Grey Part Four of Six
Issue opens with a flashback of Scott’s origin. We get to see his mother state that she loves every part of them, which, for last words from your mother, are pretty grand. Anyone know how the Summers boys go from landing in Alaska and be taken to an orphanage in Nebraska?
Scott wakes up, once again, surrounded by everyone. I really like how Pichelli draws everybody here, we only got a small taste of it before. Her Bobby looks soft still in his snow form. Kitty looks healthy which is good, though she really needs to get a new uniform.
Scott hugs Corsair, his father. Rocket wants to know what he is witnessing, disgustingly. Starlord tells him that that is what fathers are suppose to do to with each other.
We segue to Planet Spartax with Starlord’s father, the king. He is being informed of Jean’s capturing from Earth and being sent to the Shi’ar throne world. He is told this from his advisor, who is dressed all in white. He was originally going to stay out of this and let Gladiator do whatever he had planned. Now his son is involved, so now he has to be involved. Neither character is named here so that’s the best I can do.
Gladiator, his Imperial Guard and Jean have made it to the throne world. We catch up with them as Gladiator and the Imperial Guard are in training. Manta is giving him some grief for his actions. A Smasher states that Earthers don’t have the capability to travel from Earth to Shi’ar space. Which is outright silly, as we just experienced Infinity, where the Avengers were in deep space, saving the universe.
Gladiator isn’t worried about the X-Men, let them come. By the time they get there, Jean would already be punished. For crimes she’s not even fully aware of committing yet.
Oracle stands up to Gladiator as well. She knows he wasn’t telling her the truth earlier. That he told her an, untruth.
We cut back to Corsair and Scott. I love how awkward this is for Corsair. I really get the sense that rather not rehash this entire conversation for the second time. Scott asks if he is a space pirate. Corsair states that they don’t call themselves that, they are the Starjammers. I like how he doesn’t know how to refer to present day Cyclops. He asks if they are good, and Corsair states that they are, which are they? I guess they are.
If you ever get a chance, Uncanny X-Men 391. Scott and his father have a great heart to heart, as they go camping. We learn that Corsair has been under the impression that Scott’s optic blasts are heat generated but they are more of a force. Scott is surprised that he doesn’t know how his powers work. Another great thing about issue 391, comes right after 390, and that’s a fantastic issue.
Corsair is about to explain how Scott’s younger brother Alex even joined him for a moment when Scott asks the question. His is mother still alive? Which must have been devastating. As poor Christopher has to tell his young son that his mother is dead.
All of this is a bit too much for the young Summers and he leaves to be alone. X23 goes after him and gives him a hug. Which is nice to see her return one to him. Really love the coloring of the … what is it, reddish purple light in the room.
Then we get this four page sequence that is done by Immonen. Jean is being told what needs to happen next by Oracle. Jean needs to keep a cool head and stay as emotionless as possible. The Shi’ar don’t care for tears on the stand.
Jean heads out where Gladiator is, and we see that it looks like a giant audience has been assembled to see this hackney trial.
Thanks to Kyle Moyer for this picture :
Back to Starlord as he officially introduces himself to Kitty, which is a very important page. We find out his first name is Peter, which is like, oh no. Kitty has a thing for guys name Peter. Which is why Bobby and her didn’t work out.
The Guardians and the Starjammers finally get to the throne world. They can see that there are spaceships and spaceships galore. They need a plan of action to get to the surface undetected.
Issue ends with the sequence of Gladiator and his opening speech. He shows footage of the last thing a ship saw as Dark Phoenix ate a sun and destroyed the D’bari home planet. Jean is still stuck in that bubble. He asks Jean how she pleads as the issue ends.
Next issue should be the issue I’ve been waiting for. Though now I’m getting the impression it won’t be much of a courtroom drama, that I was hoping for.