X-Men: The Wedding Special #1
Written by: Chris Claremont, Marc Guggenheim, and Kelly Thompson
Art by: Marika Cresta, Greg Land, and Todd Nauck
Cover by: J. Scott Campbell
What You Need to Know:
Katheryn Pryde and Piotr Nikolaievitch Rasputin have been in an on-again/off-again relationship for years. I have loved watching these two flirt with each other and go back and forth with one another for so many years. It is finally time for them to actually tie the knot and this special issue does such an amazing job of recapping all of those years of emotional turmoil. From Magneto to the brood, demons, Kitty and Colossus going to hell and back, coming and going from Valhalla, countless giant robots that want to eviscerate both of them, and then to death and life again and again and again. These two have been through everything that life (and death) has thrown at them and they have continued to bounce back to each other.
As I have read the two of them gain and lose relationships—either with each other or in the arms of others—while trying to find themselves, it has always felt like their heart has always belonged to each other. Through all the times that the mansion has been demolished, the strength of love that these two have always had in the bond they share with one another has caused a person to have faith in love. Although Kitty and Colossus are fictional characters, there’s truth behind how it’s easy to love someone no matter what life throws at you. Being in love with someone is a choice of whether or not you are going to continue to love that person despite everything that could and does go wrong. Luckily, we as humans don’t have to go through all the devastation that they have to go through. But realistically sometimes we do, don’t we?
I love so much how Marvel has a way of breathing life into these characters and causing their readers to introspectively understand what it means to be human and survive in this world, how sometimes it feels like no one understands them, or how it sometimes feels like people fear or hate them. There is always a constant with the X-Men: when no one else understands, they do. Most of that life Marvel breathes can be contributed to one individual: Mr. Chris Claremont. We are so fortunate to have Mr. Claremont take out his quill to pen another amazing adventure that shares the life and mind of a character that he created so many years ago that has been through so much in her short life: Ms. Katheryn Pryde.
The first story of this compilation, The Dream Before, is such a heartfelt retrospect of who Kitty is and how she feels about everything that she has been through in her life. I couldn’t help but remember the feelings growing in me for these characters as I reminisce how I felt when I first read the stories as they first came out. The joys, the pains, and the exuberance as these two characters came back to one another. Todd Nauck’s illustrations work to bring all those original emotional scenes back is nothing short of masterpiece. A person can’t help but feel the love that these two collaborators have for the X-Men universe as they tell this story of love, loss, and rebirth.
After that first introductory story, we switch gears a little bit and see what Colossus is feeling about this opportunity to become wedded to the fireball of a woman that was bold enough to lay a kiss on him so many years ago in the second story: Boys’ Night Out. The boys want to bring Piotr to a casino in Vegas, but all our groom wants to do is be with his bride before the wedding day. Once the boys get him to the casino, it ends up getting attacked by a giant monstrous being who wants to destroy the entire building ,only to be thwarted in the process by our favorite Russian in some pretty amazing fisticuffs.
What I love about this story is that it really touches the heart of Colossus. We see the quiet reserved powerhouse and get to see how much he truly loves Kitty is excited to be with her for as long as they both shall live. Marc Guggenheim and Greg Land have made an amazing story that is very action-packed and brings you directly into the life of our merry mutants with fantastic results.
Then in our final story, Something Old, it is Kitty’s turn to let her hair down and is taken to Stripperoke, which is a karaoke-turned strip club for women. It has been created all to the thanks of Storm, Pyslocke, Rogue, Megan, Rachel Summers, and Cylia Reyes. The story ends up being a nod to the love of the bond that the women share together, but the frivolity only transpires after Piotr expresses his trepidation towards the entire idea, only to be rebuffed by Kitty in helping him understand that he just had a wonderful time in Vegas with the boys and that now it is her turn to have a little bit of debauchery.
Kelly Thompson and Marika Cresta do an amazing job concluding this story line with a tongue-in-cheek memory that helps us see the bond within the sisterhood of the X-Men and reminds us of the fact that these characters will be connected with one another no matter how many times their friendships and the world end up in crisis.
The fact of the matter is this comic has everything that a comic fan could ask for in a single issue. We have amazing character development, the art is fantastic, and we see so much depth in the stories and the characters. I don’t give out perfect scores very often, but this hat nod to two amazing characters deserves that and more.
Way to go Marvel for giving me everything I could ask for on such a wonderful and momentous occasion for these characters!