Review – X-Men Gold #1: Back to the Basics

Writer: Marc Guggenheim
Artist: Ardian Syaf
Colorist: Frank Martin
Cover Artists: Ardian Syaf, Jay Leisten & Laura Martin

Life moves on for the X-Men, and in Marc Guggenheim’s X-Men Gold we see the aftermath of their conflict with the Inhumans. The X-Men has been through a lot in the past years, first losing Xavier then having their apparent leaders turn radical. To say the group has been in a funk is an understatement, but in X-Men Gold the future seems brighter with Kitty Pryde as the team’s leader.

The world has the same attitude towards mutants, people still label them as dangerous individuals. But Kitty Pryde along with Old Man Logan, Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus and Prestige aka Rachel Summers are now what’s left of the main X-Main. This issue focuses on Kitty and how she handles the response abilities a leader of the X-Men faces, at one point she contemplates on rejoining the Guardians of the Galaxy just to get away from all the issues the X-Men deal with daily.

We also get some character development from Storm, after watching a news segment that mentions the X-Men’s fight with the Inhuman’s, Storm expresses her disappointment of how she ran the team when she was leader, Nightcrawler gives her some words of encouragement. The issue ends on a setup battle between the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.

Conclusion: This was an issue used to establish Kitty Pryde as the team’s new leader, from the jump the team already seems different, mainly because of her personality. In the past when Cyclops, Storm and Emma ran the team it looked as if the X-Men were always on the defense whether it be through violence or prejudice. Kitty brings accountability to the team, we get glimpse of that when she addresses the media and some hateful citizens.

With that said I’m curious to see what Guggenheim is going to do with this team and if he will bring us something different.

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Release Date: Out Now

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★☆☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆ 

Review – X-Men #30

Writer: Brian Wood
Pencils: David Lopez
Inks: Alvaro Lopez
Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Jorge Molina
Published by: Marvel Comics

Taking a break from the AVX madness we see the X-Men story line focus on the building of a new mutant security force to help patrol and protect the world from unique threats to the human population. The discoveries though seem to lead us to the potential for a new arc and some bad times ahead for the X-Men as they stumble upon new threats and challenges brewing around the world that will come to shock them once the truth emerges.

Pixie acts as background through the majority of the issue, popping in to chime in with self praise or complaints about the situations she’s thrown into. As someone with the ability to teleport more than 5 feet it’s almost a given to expect the team to drive that opportunity into the ground, fortunately they only ride her taxi driver future for a short period. The rest of the issue tackles new zombie mutations and a secret discovery that looks like it could shake up the entire mutant world, fearing for the worst we see Storm take the initiative and hide it from Scott as he faces even greater issues in the moment. There’s a lot of tension destined to build given the secrets building up and the tensions about the mutant genes coming back into the mix.

As a side story it’s a decent break from the normal offerings right now, lets hope they can turn the momentum into a solid arc for everyone to appreciate though. The current 5 member cell actually keeps the personal developments relatively direct and fun without having to worry about everyone lurking in the background. Pixie, Colossus, Storm, Domino and Psylocke are geared up for anything and the cliffhanger shows it’s a good thing they are, otherwise they would be in some bad trouble right about now as the cover teases.

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆