After the fallout from ‘Inhumans vs X-Men‘ we’re going to see ‘X-Men Prime‘ kick off the “ResurrXion” with three new mutant titles and writer Marc Guggenheim is sharing what to expect from his ‘X-Men Gold’ team. Unlike ‘X-Men Blue’ who will feature the younger mutants and ‘Weapon X’ which almost seems to be a new iteration of ‘X-Force,’ this title will focus on Kitty taking some of the heavy hitters to push for Xavier’s team. The roster will feature Kitty Pryde, Old Man Logan, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Storm, and Phoenix changing her name to Prestige.
There are a lot of familiar faces, but not everyone is going to be quite how you remember them. I’m curious if they are going to at all touch upon the troubles that Nightcrawler or Colossus have faced in recent years which seem to have not been addressed as of late.
Here is Marc’s breakdown of the team:
“The new leader of the X-Men,” Guggenheim states. “The thing about Kitty is she has returned to the school like as a head teacher but never as the leader of the X-Men. So, in many ways, this is the story of the young recruit who goes on to become the general.
“She’s got a lot of good qualities to be the leader. She’s learned a whole lot by basically spending her entire life as an X-Man. I’ve enjoyed writing leadership Kitty enormously.”
OLD MAN LOGAN
“I’ve written Logan before,” points out the writer. “I love writing him; I love his voice. This is the ‘Old Man’ iteration, so my goal with him is to make him even more crotchety and gruff. That’s been a real blast.”
“Nightcrawler, to me, is the heart and soul of the team,” asserts Guggenheim. “He’s the team’s conscience in many ways. I think he’s the one many look to for that moral clarity.”
“Peter is morally clear, I think, in a slightly different way,” the writer argues. “He’s less complicated than a lot of people. He tends to be the strong, silent type, but beneath that steely exterior beats the heart of a poet.
“That’s the thing that Kitty is attracted to, that Kitty is in love with. That’s not to say that he and Kitty are going to get back together, but I’m definitely enjoying playing their attraction to each other, their chemistry, their romantic history.”
“Without spoiling IvX, Storm probably has the most to atone for,” reveals Guggenheim. “She was the wartime consigliere, she was the one who led the X-Men into the fight and the consequences of that conflict really weigh on her. She basically is punishing herself for doing the thing that she believes made the state of mutant-human relations worse.”
“The codename change is really meant to encapsulate the approach I am taking to Rachel [Grey],” Guggenheim explains. “Pretty much for her history, she has been written as a legacy character. I am very interested in approaching the writing of her from the standpoint of ‘if we don’t lean into her past but rather lean into her future, what kind of stories can we tell?’
“I think it is interesting to explore a character who is trying to forge their own identity out of the shadow of their history.”
While I do hope Guggenheim gets into Nightcrawler’s soul a bit and more of Peter’s changes from being Juggernaut which never felt fully resolved, I am eager to see this new take on Rachel Grey.
Are you looking forward to these new adventures of the X-Men? What aspects of these characters do you hope that Guggenheim explores in ‘X-Men Gold’? Share your thoughts below True Believers!
Bonus preview panels from the first issue:
‘X-Men Gold’ #1 will be in comic shops everywhere on April 5th, 2017!
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