X-Men Gold #1
Written by: Chris Claremont
Art by: Ron Garney
It’s the 50th Anniversary of the X-Men, and it couldn’t be a better time to go with something classic such as X-Men Gold. Considering how long the X-Men have been in this schism, it’s nice to be able to look back at when they were somewhat at their best. When they were actually a team and were out kicking someone elses ass instead of being at each others throats.
Taking the first story from Kitty’s perspective made this an interesting tale. Around this time with her being the poster child it only made sense. It also made this book reader friendly to those who needed some explanation of what kind of team this was. This story takes us back to traditional heroics and that is something very welcome during this time. We have lost that over time and Chris Claremont understands that and because of it this story is a lot more exciting. The dynamic between them feels very natural and reminds you of what they are capable when they work together. Seeing the tag team of Colossus, Wolverine, and Kitty makes you love how he uses them to their full potential.
Only thing I found unnecessary with the first story was that there was too much talking just in their heads. I would rather them actually talking to each other or saying what’s on their mind rather than thinking of everything that is happening at that moment.
“The Sorrow Beneath The Sport” was a fun story which showcased much of what made the original X-Men the best there was. They may have been young and in training, but it didn’t make them any less entertaining due to them not having that bond they have now. The other stories I found to be quite interesting in their own way. Sunfire and Banshee made a fun story due to their clashing personalities at first, then the other kinda reminded you of things that can go wrong for the X-Men. It was the most random, but you get that sense of sacrifice that always comes into question from their actions.
You do enjoy how well they were able to recapture the classic appearance of the X-Men at their various periods. It felt as if this was something drawn around that time, but it still held the quality of any other great book out there right now. Heavy inking, light on the coloring, and a nice use of fine lines. outlining them all.
As the untold story of the X-Men starring Cyclops, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Kitty Pryde and Rogue, this was a great treat for X-Men fans. Again as the 50th Anniversary of the X-Men, this is a fun way to remember the glory days of the X-Men. X-Men Gold is a book you should want to pick up if you want a sense of nostalgia, or maybe you read it to help keep that hope alive that the X-Men of now will soon come together and forget their conflicts of interest.
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