There are times when I really do need a hug. A bad hangover, a surprise prostate exam, and a DUI are good examples. Granted, hugs usually don’t solve jack shit. They won’t make the dry heaves more bearable, the doctor less gentle, or make the police more understanding. But it is comforting. I will say that. And while comics tends to favor jumping, punching, and humping to regular hugging, there’s still a place for it.
All New X-men has certainly had its share of hugs since it began. Guardians of the Galaxy, not so much. There’s only so much hugging anyone can do on a team of inter-stellar outlaws that include a machine-gun wielding raccoon and a talking tree. So as Guardians of the Galaxy crosses over with All New X-men for the Trial of Jean Grey, I think it brings with it some welcome sentimentality. That may sound strange coming from a drunk, but there has to be something to balance out the bar fights and hangovers. Hugging is a simple solution.
And so far in The Trial of Jean Grey, O5 Cyclops has needed just as many hugs as O5 Jean Grey and he’s not the one on trial. At the end of All New X-men #23, the big reveal was that Corsair, despite having had his own on-panel funeral, is alive and well again. And he just happened to be in the neighborhood when the X-men and the Guardians of the Galaxy made it into Shi’ar territory. That’s a pretty fucked up coincidence, but it means Corsair is going to confront his time-displaced son and O5 Cyclops gets to find out that the father he thought had died years ago is alive and well and running around the galaxy Han Solo style. I guess there are worse ways a son could find out his father is alive. And this happens to be the highlight of the lettered preview that CBR released for Guardians of the Galaxy #12. Fair warning though, it may make some people feel all warm and fuzzy in ways that will make them want to go back to bashing Twilight.
"THE TRIAL OF JEAN GREY" PART 4!
• A surprise ally from one character's past comes to help, but is that enough against the most powerful army in the Universe?
I’ll give everybody a moment to wipe the tears from their eyes. It’s okay folks. Nobody becomes a pussy for having a sentimental side. In fact, those that don’t have that side are usually sociopaths so I say that’s a positive. But as sweet as it is, it only adds to O5 Cyclops’s turmoil. First, the girl he loves and ends up marrying in the future is abducted. Then the father he thought was dead comes back alive. Most teenagers can barely keep up with algebra class. Yet somehow O5 Cyclops is supposed to process all this shit? Even those who despise Cyclops should have some empathy for them. If not, I have nothing to say to those people because I don’t associate with sociopaths. I deal with them enough in traffic court. Nuff said!