The rampaging Sentinel A.I. wreaks havoc upon Manhattan while the X-Men try to stop it. Elsewhere Rachel Grey thinks about who she will be.
Writer: Marc Guggenheim
Artist: R. B. Silva
Colourist: Frank Martin & Andrew Crossley
Possibly the most action heavy issue of X-Men Gold yet, nearly every page features an explosion. The frantic battle in Manhattan is contrasted well with the sedate inclusiveness of the scenes within Prestige’s mind.
As someone who doesn’t know much about the Rachel Grey character other than the basics, this issue served well as a guide for who she is, or rather who she will become. There is an abundance of guests in this issue too. The battle in Manhattan sees the X-Men receive help from an array of Marvel heroes. It was interesting to me as I don’t keep up with a lot of Marvel so a number of these characters were new to me. I don’t know why Hulk talks now etc. I’m sure there’s a good reason and hopefully I’ll catch up with these other Marvel characters one day.
As for the X-Men, this issue does plenty to highlight each team member and their strengths. There is a strong level of emotion in this story about a robot destroying the city. Each character gets a page or two to do something noteworthy, unlike some recent X-Men runs.
Yet again the art is beautiful. Silva’s artwork coupled with the colouring of Martin and Crossley is simply beautiful. There’s so much colour to every page it’s a joy to read.
So far I’m really enjoying X-Men Gold. It feels like the throwback Guggenheim promised it would be.
Recommendation: pick up the issue.