Since the Trial of Jean Grey began, Marvel and Brian Michael Bendis have been hyping up the final issue of the event, All New X-men #25, as if it were the next big Apple gadget. Short of Steve Jobs coming back to life and pitching it himself, it’s hard to imagine it being that big. But considering how it’s supposed to be triple sized and packing more guest artists than a Dr. Dre album, it just might live up to the hype. And even though it’s not coming out until April, that hasn’t stopped Marvel from being a massive cocktease and flashing a few previews like a slutty school-girl in a thong.
A lot has been speculated about the impact of The Trial of Jean Grey. Hell, the comments on this very blog have had the kind of speculation usually reserved for the JFK assassination about what will happen. Some say it’ll One More Day the Cyclops/Jean relationship. That would be a massive dick move, but one Marvel isn’t above doing. Some say it’ll mean Jean Grey losing her powers, or at least part of them. This would still be a dick move, but one that might placate the Shi’ar and their rage boner for all things Jean Grey. I’m too drunk to speculate on what it might mean, but it’s poised to have an impact worthy of a cosmic kick in the balls. And CBR released the first few glimpses of preview art. Most of it’s uncolored, but it does show that Marvel is packing some heavy firepower with this issue.
This April, New York Times bestselling writer Brian Michael Bendis is joined by the best and brightest artists in the comic book industry for ALL-NEW X-MEN #25 – the oversized, landmark anniversary issue! Featuring the all-star talents of Bruce Timm, Art Adams, Rafael Grampa, Lee Bermejo, J. Scott Campbell, JG Jones, Paul Smith, Jill Thompson, Kent Williams, David Mack, David Marquez, Skottie Young, Ronnie Del Carmen, Jake Parker, Dan Hipp, Robbie Rodriguez, Jason Shiga, Max Wittert and Maris Wicks!
They have ventured from the past to an uncertain future, but the All-New X-Men were never meant to stay. When a mysterious stranger visits the Jean Grey School, Hank McCoy will learn the disastrous effects he has wrought by disrupting the timestream. Consequences that could destroy the entire universe! Is it too late to stop its cataclysmic side effects? Find out when the oversized, overstuffed ALL-NEW X-MEN #25 hits comic shops this April!
So it looks like Beast will finally have to eat a little shit for disrupting the timeline. It’s still way less shit than he deserves. Hell, fucking with the timeline is only the fourth most pressing reason why he’s been a total douche for the past few years. It’s good to see he’ll finally see some fucking consequences for his actions.
In addition, it seems to imply that one of my concerns from the events of X-men: Battle of the Atom didn’t come to pass. What the O5 do in the future still can have an impact on the past. Usually, Marvel looks for ways to free themselves from the shackles of continuity. But as we’ve seen in bullshit circumstances like Ultimate and X-men Forever, this usually only gives them license to fuck it up beyond repair. So what happens with O5 Jean in The Trial of Jean Grey will very well send ripples into the past. The only question is how much shit will this retcon?
It had to happen sooner or later. Hell, I’m surprised it has taken 25 issues of All New X-men to reach this point. After Age of Ultron, the timeline is already so fucked up that if it were a drunk, the blood-alcohol content would destroy any functioning breathalyzer. Now that effect is going to be felt. It has already been revealed in future solicits that O5 Jean and the rest of the O5 will survive the Trial of Jean Grey. But how different/fucked up will they be as a result? Only time will tell. I still contend that this will force them to stop trying to change their future and start accepting it, that way they can work on actually making it not suck as much. But then again, that might be asking for too much for a bunch of time displaced teenagers. Nuff said!