The nanites have merged with a sentinel A.I. and manifested in a humanoid form. Will the X-Men be able to save the day? How will the media report their efforts?
Writer: Marc Guggenheim
Artist: R.B. Silva
Colourist: Frank Martin
X-Men Gold continues to deliver fun, relevant X-Men stories. Guggenheim is upping the sci-fi and action this arc. The sentinel fights are directly reminiscent of the Giant Size X-Men that the series has been taking inspiration from.
It’s a real return to form for the X-Men. The dialogue feels more natural this week. Last issue I complained Guggenheim wrote every character with the same voice but that looks to have subsided. Maybe it’s because this issue features more action than the previous but the likes of Wolverine and Kitty Pryde feel like they’re having genuine conversations.
What I really liked about this issue was the way each X-Man responded to one another. There were times during reading that I thought ‘no that’s not a good idea’ then another X-Man would echo my thoughts. Personally, I feel the strengths of a team book is the ability to contrast views among characters and Guggenheim appears to be highlighting that. Not a surprise considering his background in television.
I absolutely love the art. R.B. Silva and Frank Martin together create a gorgeous, colourful story that anyone can pick up. There’s something about the art that reminds me of the old Marvel vs. Capcom style. The late 80s vibe X-Men Gold has is shown through every aspect of the series.
Overall a fun issue offering action, sci-fi, mild social commentary and beautiful artwork.
Recommendation: pick up the issue.