X-Men: The Wedding Special #1
Written by: Chris Claremont, Marc Guggenheim, and Kelly Thompson
Art by: Todd Nauck, Greg Land, and Marika Cresta
Published by: Marvel Comics
What it’s about…
One of the biggest milestone events in X-Men history is almost here! Kitty Pryde and Colossus are finally about the tie the knot…but what’s a wedding without the respective bachelor and bachelorette parties? Join Marc Guggenheim and Kelly Thompson for two parties that can only be celebrated Marvel style! All this, plus, a Kitty and Colossus story by legendary X-Men scribe, Chris Claremont!!! less
What I thought about it…
X-Men: The Wedding Special #1 is a collection of stories as the team counts down to the wedding of Kitty Pryde and Colossus. A wedding I should add, that does not take place in this issue. I’ve seen a lot of people upset about that, but to be fair, Marvel hasn’t been hiding the fact that the wedding will happen in X-Men Gold #30.
Anyways, the collection of stories in X-Men: The Wedding Special #1 is a mixed bag. Two of the stories are on the verge of bad to awful. I would even say only one of the three stories was what I would call good. That’s not good for a book costing $4.99.
Legendary X-Men writer Chris Claremont pens the opening Kitty Pryde story. His love for the character shows, but the story is loaded down with text that it takes away from anything Claremont has to say. The amount of text boxes per page is daunting, but at least the art by Todd Nauck is nice to look at.
The second story in the book is easily the weakest. The Las Vegas setting for Colossus’ bachelor party is cliched, the plotting is slow, and the resolution is somewhat confusing. Not to mention it led to an issue of X-Men Gold that came out a week earlier. Yet, all of that could have been forgiven if the art was good, but Greg Land’s art doesn’t look good at all.
I don’t know what happened to Greg Land’s work over the years, but here it’s quite bad, even ugly at times. It seems Land can no longer express motion or emotion with any of the characters he draws. That’s a shame, because he was a good artist. I particularly enjoyed his run on Nightwing in the late 90’s to early 2000’s.
The final story is the best of the three. I don’t know if I would call it great, but it definitely had one moment that I loved. The premise is that all the X-Ladies go to a karaoke/strip club for Kitty’s bachelorette party. That sounds like the second story in this book, but what made this one stand out was the scene between Kitty and Rouge.
I always enjoy seeing the X-Men just talking to one another as friends, and the scene between Kitty and Rouge delivered on that. This conversation is about not being afraid to fall in love, and it was the one memorable moment in the issue. I like this these two as friends, and wouldn’t minds seeing their friendship fleshed out more in the X-Men books
X-Men Wedding Special #1 was a lackluster one-shot. I guess it’s an okay comic if you’re a diehard X-Men fan, but if you’re new to the comics and were curious about the upcoming wedding, I seriously doubt this over prized special did anything to make you want to buy the next issue of X-Men Gold.
X-Men: The Wedding Special #1 score: D