If you are a fan of the early 80's - early 90's X-Men, you'll probably remember the Trial of the Phoenix crossover event. It was a major event in the X series, and would impact the stories for decades. There's even a Phoenix related X-Men movie being made set for release in the next year or two. So I don't know why I went into this comic expecting it to be a modern take on the story. It's not. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad, but it read more like an advert for the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Which are great movies, but not what you expect when reading a comic tied to one of the most popular X-Men runs in Marvel history. Anyway, the story is that a past incarnation of Jean Grey travels to the present. The Shi Ar Empire takes notice and fears the Phoenix force will repossess its old host and reign death upon the galaxy once again. So they have her arrested before this happens. The Guardians of the Galaxy come along for the ride, and the adventure ensues. It's not a bad run, but it felt like a cheap attempt at remaking a classic.
Takes issues of Guardians of the Galaxy and All-new X-men that make up one story. Falls in between Volumes two and three for Guardians. Don't know where it falls for X-men. Otherwise, it's a good story with good art.
Great art, nice paper stock, and humor make this better than the average Marvel two-dimensional yarn.
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