X-men Gold #3
Written By: Marc Guggenheim
Penciled By: Ardian Syaf
Inked By: Craig Yeung & Jay Leisten
Colored By: Frank Martin
The X-men have found themselves faced with adversity…again…Logan captured…again…and the mayor of New York captured by the Brotherhood of evil mutants…I feel like I’ve read this premise before. Anyway, with adversity and danger at their door, can the X-men rise above it and become the heroes we know them to be? Dear God I hope so…
The story goes as such:
The X-men are set out to recover not just Logan, but the mayor of New York, (insert random fill in mayor to avoid political outdate here) The younger X-men request to assist, but Kitty ignored half of them and takes the two with shield/strength based powers, Rockslide and Armor. Which really bugs me because all the X-men shown, Anole and Kid Apocalypse among them, have been in the field before. Kitty later says she picked Armor and Rockslide for their powerset, but that doesn’t excuse the fact that she just shoved off X-men like Anole who have grown and matured their powers while she was in space not caring about the X-men
From there, the comic goes through pretty fast. They figure out that this Brotherhood of Evil Mutants is basically a scam, they save a mind controlled Magma, and capture a creature who seems to not be being influenced by the mind control like the others. The X-men discover who’s behind it all. Good old pointless racism…Oh boy.
Opinions and Such:
The storyline here is okay, but has me scratching my head. The shoving off of the younger X-men is a problem, the pointless racism that feels kind of forced at this point, and how the new Brotherhood ends up being a joke. While it is a good twist that did catch me off guard upon first reading, in a world where villains are scarce in the Marvel Universe, building up a new bunch for the X-men wouldn’t of been a bad thing. Other than that, this is average. Not horrible but not grand. It’s the kind of X-men story in the similar vein of X-men First Class. Compelling enough because you know the characters, but not really original besides a little twist halfway through.
The art is subpar. Part of me wonders if Ardian Syaf knew that his little stunt was going to get him fired so he put the barest effort in this last issue. There’s parts where it’s heavily detailed then it just flies off in a different direction entirely. It’s kinda ridiculous. Regardless we’re getting R.B. Silva is coming on for the next issue so praise the high heavens.
X-men Gold #3 isn’t bad by any means. I feel like Marc Guggenheim needed time to get into a stride of storytelling here. Which is fine but it did make the first few issues suffer greatly. I’ve seen other titles flow into their first arcs at an amazing pace. This just is the definition of meh from the perspective of a long time X-men fan who’s seen crazy starts like Wolverine and the X-men. Now that we’ve started to get somewhere, I’ll stay on for the next arc and see what happens. Oh who am I kidding it’s X-men I have no choice but to read it.