Comic Book Review: X-Men: Gold #7


Uh oh. It seems like that time for X-Men: Gold to be sucked into the event that is Secret Empire. I’ll be honest, not the biggest fan of this event and was even less of a fan of the idea that only seven issues in we could have been taken out of the story to deal with the mutant’s position in the chaos. I try not to judge a tie-in before flipping it open, but these days you just can’t help but go in with low expectations.

Now I’ll give credit where credit is due. For the most part this issue runs like any other normal issue of X-Men. They aren’t ignoring what just happened in issues previous, and they aren’t ignoring anything the X-Men are still dealing with. A good number of things they touched upon and addressed accordingly. Luckily since Marc Guggenheim is still the writer of this during the tie-in, he doesn’t let the event overshadow story progression that was already taking place. Whether it was what happened to Colossus following the nanite’s assault on him, or how Rachel recovers from pushing her powers to new limits. Neither of them you could predict what would come next and it would have been a crime to put such things on hold. The problems they go through here felt like a mutant problem. Definitely one of the more serious problems for them to have to face at a time like this. The moment that initiated this without a doubt should sting if you’re also following the events of X-Men: Blue.

The X-Cutioner back with a new person under the mask was a wake-up call as to what dangers mutants really still face out there. You can be killed by someone you thought you trusted, any stranger who has a real hate for mutants, or someone sadistic like the X-Cutioner. I mean what he was doing up to this point was bad enough, but what he actually had in store for the X-Men? That was quite the alarming situation they created. This isn’t to say that his other actions didn’t hurt to watch, because they did. In general I wasn’t exactly expecting this X-Cutioner plot to unravel so fast. I would have assumed this was something they were going to keep working on in the background, though it couldn’t have blown up any better than it did now.

It goes without saying that when it comes to X-Men: Gold I do find myself impressed that there are all these other X-Men we get to see again. It may be in a small capacity, but that is better than no appearance or presence at all shown. Someone who is a fan of the X-Men will put this effort into not just centering on a small number of mutants that we see more than everyone else.

With a tie-in, this is usually the part where the art team changes up a bit till it passes. For this story we have Ken Lashley taking over while Frank Martin remains on colors. The dealbreaker for a tie-in tends to also be the art team you have on that issue. Ken Lashley was the right choice as someone who nails drawing these characters while clean pencils and some well applied inks for both shadows and depth. There was only a few panels here and there where the eyes were a bit off. Speaking of the eyes, between Lashley and Martin they do eyes excellently, especially when it comes to the way they capture Eye-Boy’s composition of eyes on his body. I think that’s the first time I’ve seen him having different color eyes which makes more sense than them all being the same color. Aside from this, they hit hard with the acts of the X-Cutioner. I can’t remember the last time I saw an attack on a mutant and felt that shook up by their pain or that look of when the life leaves their eyes. They visually gave us a sharp reminder of what it really means to be hated, and for people to act on that hate.

X-Men: Gold #7 was satisfying as a tie-n to Secret Empire. While you can see the connection, I loved that X-Men: Gold can be one of those shinning examples of how you can still make the story your own. For this issue at least you don’t feel like you have to be reading Secret Empire, and what happens here is simply following what’s already been set up from issues past.

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