Kitty goes on a trip to Washington to speak before congress about the approaching Mutant Deportation Bill. Piotr accompanies her as muscle which comes in handy when Whiplash attacks.
Writer: Marc Guggenheim
Artist: Ken Lashley
Colourists: Andrew Crossley & Frank Martin
There’s probably going to be a fair bit of unintentional bias in this review. Over time X-Men Gold has become my favourite ongoing series. Each issue just makes me happy.
This week we’ve got a romance heavy issue. Kitty and Piotr’s relationship gets the limelight but Kurt and Rachel also get their fair share of romantic scenes. There’s a particularly well written scene that sees the two couple’s dinner conversations overlap. It’s a bit of a cliché TV scene these days (which makes sense considering Guggenheim’s background) but I found it to be satisfying. It pointed out the way in which a positive for one couple can be a negative for another by comparing and contrasting the dialogue between the two. This would in turn prove Kitty’s argument that Mutants are just as Human as the rest of us.
Don’t let the romantic vibe throw you off there’s plenty of action too. Whiplash sees his return to comics as he attacks Kitty and Piotr. As usual the fighting is well plotted and a joy to read.
This brings me to the art. Ken Lashley is on art duties again which I can’t complain about. I thought the artist would change for the arc but I’m pleasantly surprised that Lashley stayed. As I’ve said before his art style gels with the tone of the book really well. Likewise the colours of Crossley and Martin help give the book a warm colourful look. This is another aspect of the series that I enjoy. Even if the themes are a little heavy, especially in regards to how close to reality they are, the general vibe of hope is prevalent throughout the book. Personally that’s what I like in a comic.
Recommendation: pick up the issue.