Monday, May 22, 2017

X-Men: Gold #4 Review - Marvel Monday

X-Men: Gold #4 Review

Writer: Marc Guggenheim          
Art Team: R.B. Silva, Adriano DiBenedetto, Frank Martin
Marvel Comics
Release Date: May 17, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

Nanites in New York

The X-Men: Gold team, fresh off of handling a lackluster effort from the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, returns for some more bi-weekly action this week in issue four of the series.  From the looks of the cover it seems Gambit has come to add a little of his wild card nature to the team this month which has the potential to be some fun. So let’s not waste any more time and see if this early ‘guest appearance’ by the Cajun will translate into bringing some much needed life into this book.

Off the bat we see Gambit on page one up to his old tricks as he does a little “B & E” into Nanostorm, Inc. Remy LeBeau does have a little trouble sneaking past the security measures in place, however after dispatching of the few guards after him, he’s able to break into the safe he came for and complete this seemingly quick and easy job for his latest mystery employer.

Meanwhile we move on to check in with the actual Gold team members Kitty, Nightcrawler, and Prestige as we get glimpses of another throwaway villain fight, this time with the Serpent Society, which have become all too common in the early stages of this series, and continues to not do much but fill the titles bi-weekly page count here.  After the mandatory action quota, featuring the X-Men, is met for the issue we bounce over to check in on Old Man Logan and Storm who are investigating a string of murders that’ve involve mutants as the victims, hinting at future storyline implications.

At this point in the book the story jumps back to Gambit turning over the item he was hired to retrieve for none other than Olivia Trask, granddaughter of Bolivar, and inventor of the original Sentinels. She reveals to Gambit he’s retrieved a batch of Nanites for her which are tiny molecular sized robots capable of self-replicating and ‘smart swarming’. 

Gambit gets the idea Olivia wants to follow in grandad’s footsteps therefore tries to retake the Nanites and get the hell out of dodge causing a giant ruckus.  However as laser guns fire all over the god damn place, one ends up catching Gambit, causing him to drop the Nanites he trying to escape with. The Nanites now free hunt for an A.I. to control them swarming to a computer terminal, and this probably isn’t good for anybody involved.

Through a strange exchange Gambit, via a Rachel Gray Psi-Link, is able to alert Kitty and inform her of the sudden problems that have arisen. In response Kitty assembles the X-Men: Gold team in an effort to see what all the fuss is about as Rachel continues to update the crew about the mission particulars enroute.  This all comes to a close with the cliffhanger reveal of a new and improved Nanite mutated Sentinel standing over Gambit, with I’m sure isn’t love in its eyes, despite the glowing red nature of them.

Overall, on the story front, the X-Men: Gold book has just felt very random so far four issues in, not doing much but reiterating the point repeatedly that the X-Men are back. Other than that there’s not a whole lot for me to grab onto character wise here for this team yet that’s been very interesting, and with guest star Gambit getting a majority of the focus in this issue, the relationship/connection between the leader Kitty and her team members continues to feel non-existent. Things go down, Kitty barks orders, everyone just agrees to follow them, problems are solved, rinse and repeat every two weeks. This has been the feeling I have reading this book since it’s been released and I expected better from this book I guess.

The art continues to be the highlight of the series, even with a new team on the book in this issue and continuing moving forward, after the Issue 1 controversy. If you like your X-Men looking damn good, and who doesn’t, at least you have that working in your favor right now.

Bits and Pieces

X-Men: Gold continues to provide pretty to look at cookie cutter X-Men stories that aren’t taking any risks or even developing the relationships between team members much at all. It’s tough to suggest you invest in a book that releases twice a month, at the price it does, when there isn’t much to write home about just yet.


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