So here’s a thought; maybe next time you’re asked to steal something for someone, you find out what you’re stealing beforehand or even who your client is? Perhaps if Gambit knew he was stealing nanites or stealing anything for a member of the Trask family, he could have avoided this mess entirely. Then again, we wouldn’t have the chaos or the hilarity of this current arc. Also, I wouldn’t really have a Gambit reunion with the X-Men either.
Despite Gambit’s mistakes, it’s all for the greater good in the name of entertainment. Namely, it’s entertainment for me.
Although, I did half wonder if the nanite-created Sentinel would be similar to the Sentinels from X-Men Blue, in that it would want to help mutants in order to butcher them later. The tech in Trask’s database was all from her grandfather, the same tech that created Master Mold, so it’s not too much of a stretch. The nanite Sentinel quickly trounced that idea when it told Gambit in binary code to “Die, mutant.”
Everything that is happening in this issue, at its heart, is awful. A Sentinel is back, rampaging around New York and targeting mutants. When Kitty destroys one, others pop up, because the nanites have spread all over the city. They’re killing people (not just mutants), destroying property, and Lydia Nance is having a FIELD DAY over it all. Instead of showing concern for the victims, she’s busy pointing fingers at the X-Men and calling them terrorists. Now the idea of registering mutants is on the table once more.
It’s all awful, it really is. And yet, Marc Guggenheim found opportune moments to keep the humor alive.
Later, Gambit and Logan discuss the proper pronunciation of “chère.” And I’ll just drop this one here without further comment.
I guffawed out loud. The kids stopped playing with their iPads to stare at me like I’m crazy.
This is why I constantly hound about the greatness of X-Men Gold. The characters we’ve all loved since the 80s, fighting similar fights the X-Men have fought since the 60s, and doing it all with fantastic writing, brilliant humor, and, of course, crazy action.
Calling all X-Men fans, no matter how much the series may have irritated you in the past with reboots and whatever else Marvel throws at it, don’t miss out on X-Men Gold. It’s the X-Men series we’ve need as well as deserve.
Our Rating: YUS
Author: Marc Guggenheim
Artists: R. B. Silva, Adriano Di Benedetto, and Frank Martin
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Publish Date: 06/07/2017
Acquired via Purchase