X-Men: Gold #16
Writer: Marc Guggenheim
Penciler: Lan Medina
Inkers: Jay Leisten & Craig Yeung
Colorists: Frank Martin & Andrew Crossley
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover Artists: Ken Lashley & Juan Fernandez
The start of a fresh new storyline! Before the X-Men can relax after Mojo’s attack and the shock of finding out Magneto was still alive (did they even know he was dead?), the X-Men are going to war in the negative zone.
What you missed:
A crossover with X-Men: Blue, where everything was a simulation and nothing mattered. But we got to relive some classic moments and everyone found out the Blue team has been working with Magneto, which got Jean a nice scolding from Kitty.
But before the crossover shenanigans with Mojo and Blue, we were learning about the back story of the alien Kologoth who got mixed up with the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. In that backstory, we learned he was probably a good fit because he was basically an alien Hitler on his home world, red armbands and everything! But while everyone was distracted by the anti-mutant alien, a terrorist attacked the mansion and managed to phone home, slipping away.
The issue starts off with Kitty laying the verbal smackdown on anti-mutant activist, and shadow controller of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Lydia Nance. From there, we go to Kitty and Peter continuing to rekindle their romance with hotel room keycards being handed out. Then we see the rest of the X-men enjoying a pro-mutant rally, but it’s interrupted by a portal opening in the sky which never a good sign.
Rachael calls Kitty, who is still enjoying her naked adventures with Peter, but quickly gets over her embarrassment and heads down to the action. The alien ship makes quick work of Alpha Flight remnants and starts calling to their Lord Kologoth. The X-men head up to the ship and Kitty and Kurt port inside, but just then, the ship takes a dive. As the rest struggle to hold on, Rachael flies to try to save a falling Logan only to get slammed by a direct hit from the ship’s weapons. The ship lands right on the mansion, knocking the rest of the X-men off. It picks up Kologoth and takes off. Logan wakes up to find that Kitty and Kurt are still on the ship, and vows to get them back.
Well, I wasn’t exactly clamoring for it, but I know a lot of people are happy to see Kitty and Peter back together. However, I do love the focus on inter-team hookups and getting embarrassingly caught, which has always kind of been a staple of the X-Men. It works best when there is a little bit of soap opera mixed in. Considering #12 was all about him, it wasn’t a surprise to see Kologoth’s phone home yield results quick results. But it looks like this story is getting off to a good start.
Guggenheim continues to put out a book that doesn’t really have any surprises, but feels like classic X-Men, which is not a bad thing! People love classic X-men, me included.