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X-Men Gold is a comic book series published by Marvel Comics and initially created by writer Marc Guggenheim and artist Ardian Syaf. This series builds off of plot points established in X-Men Prime. The first issue was released April 5, 2017 with the last issue released on September 19, 2018.

X-Men Gold
Cover for X-Men Gold #1 (April 2017)
Art by Ardian Syaf & Jay Leisten
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
ScheduleSemimonthly
Publication dateApril 2017–September 2018
No. of issues36 (plus 2 Annuals and 1 Special)
Main character(s)Colossus
Kitty Pryde
Nightcrawler
Logan
Prestige
Storm
Creative team as of April 2017
Written byMarc Guggenheim
Artist(s)Ardian Syaf
R.B. Silva
Ken Lashley
Collected editions
Back to BasicsISBN 978-1302907303

Publication historyEdit

X-Men Gold and its sister book, X-Men Blue, were created following the crossover series Inhumans vs. X-Men. The new titles were announced October 21, 2016 as part of the ResurrXion brand. The color-coded names are a reference to storylines from the early 1990s when various comics in the X-Men franchise were best-sellers.[1] The first issue was released April 5, 2017[2] and subsequent issues were released twice monthly.[3] In February 2018, the spin-off sister book X-Men Red was released.[4] In September 2018, the series ended at issue 36.[5]

Plot summaryEdit

"Back to Basics"Edit

The series begins with politician Lydia Nance justifying why she's so strongly against mutants during a televised interview. Meanwhile, Kitty Pryde leads her new team of X-Men against Terrax as civilians gather to watch the battle. After the battle ends and Terrax is subdued Kitty attempts to address the onlookers with a speech about how the X-Men can be heroes for everyone, but is unsuccessful as the public view of the X-Men has been darkened ever since their feud with the Inhumans. Kitty faces even more hardships when the government provides her with an increasing amount of paperwork due to the X-Men now living in Central Park. After almost having an awkward reunion with Colossus, Prestige informs the team that a group of mutants are attacking the city. The X-Men arrive at the United Nations building and find it under attack by a brand new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, now including the X-Men's old ally Magma.[6] During the ensuing battle Mesmero captures Logan and the Brotherhood teleports away. S.H.I.E.L.D. arrives on the scene and shows Kitty footage of Nance using the X-Men's fight against the Brotherhood as a means of stirring up paranoia of an impending race-war. The Brotherhood only fuels Nance's anti-mutant stance further when they announce that they kidnapped the mayor and intend to execute him in 24 hours, leading to Nance suggesting mutant-deportation.[7] Logan attempts to escape but ends up under Mesmero's mind-control. The X-Men find the Brotherhood's base and Logan attempts to ambush them until Storm manages to subdue him. Prestige manages to defeat Mesmero, and it's revealed that Magma was under his control. Not knowing what's real and what isn't anymore, she attacks Kitty and almost burns the whole building down. Kitty manages to get through to her and together they all escape the building and S.H.I.E.L.D. arrests the remainder of the Brotherhood, save for one, Kologoth, who appears to not be a mutant at all. Curious about this alien creature who is only able to communicate using a strange language, the X-Men take him captive and imprison him in the basement of the school. After Prestige realizes that the entire Brotherhood was under Mesmero's control after he was employed by Nance to stir up anti-mutant hysteria by any means necessary, the X-Men visit Nance personally and threaten to expose her if she continues her campaign.[8]

Gambit is hired to steal a supposedly empty vial. Upon returning to his new employer he realizes that it's Olivia Trask, granddaughter of Bolivar Trask. Gambit then angrily discovers that the vial actually isn't empty and is home to a bunch of nanites. Gambit attempts to destroy the vial so Trask can't use them but the nanites escape and take on the form of a brand new breed of Sentinel. Gambit calls the X-Men for help. Storm manages to rescue Gambit just before the Sentinel is able to kill him. While the rest of the X-Men clear civilians, Kitty uses her phasing power to disrupt the Sentinel. As it dissipates Prestige falls unconscious due to massive psychic backlash, revealing that this new Sentinel is self-aware and is capable of learning from past encounters. Lydia Nance uses this latest incident to label the X-Men as terrorists as their fight against the Sentinel caused major damage to a nearby skyscraper. Meanwhile, the Sentinel reforms and uses a telepathic attack to kill everyone with genetic differences instead of only mutants. S.H.I.E.L.D. and other heroes soon join the X-Men to help disperse the crowd and fight off the exponentially increasing onslaught. While unconscious, Prestige telepathically discusses her fears of what the future given her own history and legacy with astral versions of her deceased family. Upon waking up she unleashes the full magnitude of her powers to destroy the Sentinel's consciousness, leaving her unsure of how using her powers like that will affect her in the future. As the X-Men and other heroes leave after making sure all of the civilians are safe, the Sentinel begins to discreetly reform underneath the rubble.[9]

"Evil Empires"Edit

Colossus took on critical injuries during the battle against the Sentinel that left him unable to change his body into steel. Prestige kisses Nightcrawler after having figured out his attraction to her given the stronger nature of her psychic powers. Before they can discuss their blossoming relationship further they realize that Manhattan is becoming shrouded in the Darkforce dimension. After communing with Dr. Strange about what to do Kitty sends Storm, Logan, and Nightcrawler to handle crowd control. Nightcrawler immediately gets attacked by a frightened mob who thinks he's one of the Darkforce demons. Meanwhile, the X-Men learn that a serial killer has infiltrated the mansion in the chaos and has started killing the students. It's revealed that the killer is a new X-Cutioner and just as he's about to murder Eye-Boy he's discovered by Kitty, Colossus, and Prestige. X-Cutioner shoots directly at Colossus.[10] Prestige manages to divert his attack and allow Kitty a chance to fight him. Logan and Storm manage to disperse the mob beating Nightcrawler and find him miraculously alive despite the severe and lethal nature of his injuries; Nightcrawler claims that Heaven won't accept him after he escaped the first time. Kitty ends up fighting X-Cutioner on her own after everyone else is evacuated from the mansion. Before beating him she learns that mutants killed his wife and son and blames all mutants for fighting each other with no regard for humans in the crossfire. He shoots at Kitty but Colossus intercepts the shot with his shoulder. After X-Cutioner is arrested Kitty receives a congressional summons for a meeting about a new bill regarding mutant deportation.[11]

In Russia, a resurrection ritual begins taking place. Back in the States, Kitty and Colossus travel to Washington DC where they rendezvous with Stevie Hunter, who now works in Congress. Stevie helps prepare Kitty and Peter for the meeting. Meanwhile, Rachel and Kurt finally go on their first date together and discuss Rachel's fears of what her heightened powers after the Sentinel incident may mean for her future. After Kitty speaks to the congressmen, Peter invites her to dinner where they acknowledge that there is still an attraction between them leading to Peter suggesting that if they were to get back together then the only way they could move forward is via eventual marriage. The next day Kitty returns to speak with Congress again but the meeting is interrupted by Whiplash, who has a grudge against Congress and attempts to assassinate them. Even though Kitty and Peter manage to stop him and save the congressmen, Stevie later on regretfully inform them that it didn't change their minds and they're still going to pass the bill on mutant deportation. Back in Russia, it is revealed that Omega Red has come back to life.[12]

Omega Red adjusts to his newly resurrected life but knows that the resurrection is only temporary, causing him to seek out a way for the resurrection to remain permanent. A short while later Colossus receives a mysterious phone call from an uncle he never met named Anatoly Rasputin, who informs Colossus about Omega Red's mysterious resurrection. Colossus and Magik take the X-Men to Russia with them to survey their meeting with Anatoly. Shortly after Colossus and Magik meet Anatoly, they are ambushed by monsters imbued with magic. As the rest of the X-Men reveal themselves and join in the fight, Illyana ends up captured as and the mob leaves. It is soon revealed that Omega Red needs Illyana's powers as Magik in order for his resurrection to remain permanent.[13] Peter agrees to let Anatoly lead him to the rest of the mob so they can find Magik, but once they find the mob Anatoly double crosses him. Peter and Nightcrawler manage to find Magik and free her. Omega Red meanwhile ambushes Logan, Storm, and Kitty. After easily defeating Storm and Kitty he fights Logan, seeking vengeance for Logan having killed him in the past. Logan manages to best Omega Red again. As Magik tries to interrogate Anatoly he uses his own magic abilities to fight back and almost kills her until Peter finally becomes able to reuse his abilities again and stops his uncle. After Anatoly is arrested for his crimes with the Russian mob, Kitty and Peter officially get back together as a couple.[14]

"Mojo Worldwide"Edit

When Kitty decides to invite the X-Men Blue team to the mansion, their reunion is interrupted by three floating objects that land in various areas of New York. The Blue and Gold teams join forces and split off into groups to investigate. When they come into contact with the objects, a powerful force fields surrounds them that they are unable to escape from. The force fields create virtual reality constructs of Asgard, Inferno and the Future that Rachel came from. Their clothing is transformed and the teams begin to fight off approaching enemies. It is revealed that Mojo, in an effort to boost his ratings, is creating a special "greatest hits" show that recreates famous X-Men battles from throughout their history and that he is broadcasting it live to audiences across the multiverse.[15] The first team, consisting of Kitty, Prestige, Cyclops and Bloodstorm, try to rescue civilians in the Future but they are interrupted by Mojo who broadcasts his face onto an army of Sentinels. Proving to them that the threats they face are real and not simply special effects, impales Bloodstorm on a metal spear, killing her. Prestige managed to psychically contact Logan, Storm and the time-displaced Angel and Iceman who are trapped in Asgard battling Frost Trolls and Nightcrawler, Colossus, Poison and the young Beast and Marvel Girl who are fighting demons in Inferno to tell them that Mojo is behind everything. The first team is rescued from the Sentinels by Longshot, who has hacked into Mojo's system and is broadcasting his adventures to his own subscribers. Mojo becomes angry when he is informed that his ratings are not rising as quickly as he expected so he begins showering his audience with gifts and encourages them to vote on which scenario they would like to see the X-Men face using an app.[16]

Transported to Asteroid M, Longshot, Kitty, Prestige and Cyclops are forced to fight a simulated version Magneto before being placed in an Avengers vs. X-Men scenario. Meanwhile, Logan, Storm, Iceman and Angel are sent to the X-Tinction Agenda where they come under attack by the Magistrates and the Press Gang who swiftly kill the entire team. Meanwhile, Marvel Girl, Beast, Jimmy, Colossus and Nightcrawler are still fighting demons and are confronted by a simulation of the Goblin Queen who Jean manages to defeat, causing the team to be teleported to the Savage Land.[17] Mojo is delighted when Polaris, Danger and the real Magneto arrive to rescue the X-Men, sending them into the Morlock tunnels to face the Apocalypse and the Marauders. Longshot manages to teleport his team away from the Avengers and into the Savage Land where they regroup with the surviving X-Men. They discover that the X-Men that were "killed" previously are behind held in stasis in Mojoworld and free them.[18] Magneto, Polaris and Danger defeat Apocalypse but then come face-to-face with the Shi'ar and Krakoa although Danger manages to free them from the simulation. While the rest of the X-Men engage Spiral and Mojo's forces, Kitty finds out the location of Mojo's control room.[19] The team reach the control room for their final showdown with Mojo, who leeches energy from his viewers to increase his strength. He appears to be getting the upper hand until Magento and Polaris arrive and combine their powers to create an EMP that disables his broadcasting technology, leaving him helpless. Kitty berates the young X-Men for working with Magneto and confronts Magneto about his actions but Colossus convinces her to stand down. After teleporting away, Mojo and his crew are stranded on Earth but manage to set up their own news network.[20]

"The Negative Zone War"Edit

Unknown to the X-Men, Kologoth was secretly released by the mutant serial killer, escaped the school and contacted his allies on their home planet. Despite Kitty's efforts, congress votes to pass Nance's mutant deportation bill, prompting protests that are held by mutants around the country. Kitty and Colossus' relationship begins to develop. The mansion is attacked by alien forces who have come to rescue Kologoth. While Kitty and Nightcrawler sneak into the ship, Rachel is gravely injured by its powerful lazers. The ship picks up Kologoth and disappears through a wormhole. The rest of the X-Men track the ship to the Negative Zone where they come into contact with the government of Kologoth's home planet's who explain that Kologoth and his forces are trying to take over the planet and must be stopped. Kologoth offers to let the X-Men have Kitty, who was captured aboard the ship as long as they leave the planet immediately but they refuse, asking him to reveal the location of Nightcrawler who had escaped his prison. The X-Men engage Kologoth and his forces but Kologoth revives an old God before he is killed by Logan. Reunited with Nightcrawler, the X-Men trap the God in the centre of the Negative Zone but end up crash-landing their ship on an unknown desert planet.[21] After escaping from the planet, Kitty asks Colossus to marry her.[22]

Team rosterEdit

Character Real name Joined in Notes
Shadowcat Kitty Pryde X-Men Gold #1 (April 2017) Team leader
Storm Ororo Munroe
Prestige Rachel Summers
Colossus Peter Rasputin Left the team in X-Men Gold #31.
Nightcrawler Kurt Wagner
Old Man Logan James Howlett Alternate version from a dystopian future. Left the team in X-Men Gold #21.
Armor Hisako Ichicki X-Men Gold #17 (December 2017) A new team led by Iceman when Kitty and her team were in prison.
Ink Eric Gitter
Magma Amara Aquilla X-Men Gold #21 (February 2018)
Iceman Robert "Bobby" Drake X-Men Gold #23 (March 2018)
Rogue Anna Marie
Magik Illyana Rasputin
Pyro Simon Lasker

Critical receptionEdit

According to review aggregator Comic Book Roundup, the first issue received an average score of 7.7 out of 10 based on 29 critical reviews.[23]

ControversyEdit

In the first issue, Colossus wears a shirt with "QS 5:51" printed on the chest.[24] It represents a verse from the Qur'an, Surah Al-Ma'idah 5 verse 51, which reads:

O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people.

The verse was topical at the time of printing in Jakarta, Indonesia, where penciller Syaf lives. During the governor election in Jakarta, the sitting governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, was being attacked by opponents for being a minority Chinese Christian. The Qur'an verse QS 5:51 was being used as justification to pressure Muslim voters not to vote for a non-Muslim leader such as Basuki Tjahaja Purnama. Syaf admitted on Facebook to have participated in these protests and drew this scene after attending one.[24]

On April 8, 2017, Marvel released a statement via ComicBook.com.[25]

The mentioned artwork in X-Men Gold #1 was inserted without knowledge behind its reported meanings. These implied references do not reflect the views of the writer, editors or anyone else at Marvel and are in direct opposition of the inclusiveness of Marvel Comics and what the X-Men have stood for since their creation. This artwork will be removed from subsequent printings, digital versions, and trade paperbacks and disciplinary action is being taken.

As a result of his actions, Syaf was terminated from his position at Marvel.[26]

Collected editionsEdit

# Title Material collected Pages Publication date ISBN
0 Homecoming X-Men (1991) #70-79, X-Men/Dr. Doom Annual 1998, material from X-Men Unlimited (1993) #18 336 April 10, 2018 978-1302909543
1 Back to the Basics X-Men Prime #1, X-Men Gold #1–6 144 September 5, 2017 978-1302907303
2 Evil Empires X-Men Gold #7–12 136 November 28, 2017 978-1302907310
3 Mojo Worldwide X-Men Gold #13–15 and X-Men Blue #13–15 February 6, 2018 978-1302910891
4 The Negative Zone War X-Men Gold #16–20 April 10, 2018 978-1302909741
5 Cruel and Unusual X-Men Gold #21–25 June 12, 2018 978-1302909758
6 'Til Death Do Us Part X-Men Gold #26–30 August 21, 2018 978-1302909765
7 Godwar X-Men Gold #31–36 December 4, 2018 978-1302909772

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Diaz, Eric (October 21, 2016), "Marvel Announces the Return of the X-Men: Blue and Gold Teams in 2017," Nerdist. Retrieved June 14, 2017
  2. ^ Schedeen, Jessie (April 5, 2017), "X-Men Gold #1 Review," IGN. Retrieved June 14, 2017
  3. ^ Diaz, Eric (November 28, 2016), "The X-MEN Titles Go Old School in New RESURRXION Relaunch," Nerdist. Retrieved August 1, 2017
  4. ^ Schedeen, Jesse (February 8, 2018), "Comic Book Reviews for February 7, 2018," IGN. Retrieved March 1, 2018
  5. ^ Marvel September 2018 Solicitations - COMIC BOOKS -Newsarama
  6. ^ X-Men Gold #1
  7. ^ X-Men Gold #2
  8. ^ X-Men Gold #3
  9. ^ X-Men Gold #4–6
  10. ^ X-Men Gold #7
  11. ^ X-Men Gold #8
  12. ^ X-Men Gold #9
  13. ^ X-Men Gold #10
  14. ^ X-Men Gold #11
  15. ^ X-Men Gold #13
  16. ^ X-Men Blue #13
  17. ^ X-Men Gold #15
  18. ^ X-Men Blue #14
  19. ^ X-Men Gold #16
  20. ^ X-Men Blue #16
  21. ^ X-Men Gold #17-19
  22. ^ X-Men Gold #20
  23. ^ "X-Men: Gold #1 Reviews (2017) Archived 2017-05-12 at the Wayback Machine," Comic Book Roundup. Retrieved June 14, 2017
  24. ^ a b "Marvel Artist Ardian Syaf Hid Anti-Christian And Jewish Messages In This Week's X-Men Comic". Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News. 2017-04-08. Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  25. ^ "Marvel Releases Statement On Controversial X-Men Gold Art". Marvel. Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  26. ^ "Marvel fires artist Ardian Syaf over religious references in X-Men comic book". BBC News. 11 April 2017.

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