X-MEN GOLD #1
Written by: Marc Guggenheim
Art by: Ardian Syaf, Jay Leisten, Frank Martin, and Cory Petit
Published by: Marvel Comics
When I bought X-Men Gold #1 last Friday, I thought my review would be a simple one to write. But on Saturday, all hell broke loose when news about what artist Ardian Syaf included in the issue came to light.
If you haven’t heard the details, you can read all about it here.
There is no excuse for this. If he wishes to express his feelings like this, he should do it in his own comic. There is no way he can stay on the book past issue #2, and I won’t be surprised is Marvel fires him from the company for good.
What makes the situation even sadder is that his actions have overshadowed what was otherwise an enjoyable first issue. X-Men Gold #1 is a return to form for the children of the atom. These are the X-Men I remember fondly from decades ago. Writer Marc Guggenheim has the X-Men doing X-Men stuff again: playing baseball, working as a team, spending time as a family. I could go on and on, and all of it works!
I’m not saying X-Men Gold #1 is the greatest X-Men comic ever, but damn if it wasn’t fun seeing the X-Men act normal again. This issue had action, humor, and even some great one-on-one conversations. But with a roster that includes Kitty Pryde, Rachel Grey, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Old Man Logan, and Storm, you really can’t go wrong.
The one thing I didn’t like in this comic, was Rachel Summers’ new codename of Prestige. There’s one panel that tries to explain it, but it wasn’t enough. Ever since she droppes Phoenix as her codename, it’s been downhill for Rachel. And why the heck does she have a cape? Maybe of this will be answered in future issues.
Anyway,s is X-Men Gold #1 is a solid debut for the new team, and one worth checking out if you haven’t followed the X-Men in a long time. I can only hope even better things are ahead.
X-Men Gold #1 score: B