X-Men Gold #28 Review: Light on Story Progression, Heavy on Charisma

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The X-Men close in on Nance as Alpha makes off with Colossus. The X-Men take Nance, but that still leaves Alpha capable of committing mutant genocide. Our heroes must seek help in chasing down Alpha and saving Colossus.

X-Men: Gold #28 cover by Phil Noto
X-Men Gold #28 cover by Phil Noto

It's clear that this story has been stretched out to hold out until X-Men Gold #30, but, for once, it doesn't sink the story.

It's still noticeable and bothersome, but the comic has enough charm and solid lines to hold its own despite a clear reluctance to conclude its own story. Nance, for example, is given room to show how much of a bastard she is. She delivers some uniquely despicable lines which show the depths of her bigotry — and it's all too reminiscent of reality even in 2018 (current year argument, don't care).

That believable yet vicious bigotry makes it all the more enjoyable when the X-Men overrun her defenses and kick her ass left and right.

On top of that, there is plenty of funny and generally entertaining dialogue between the members of the X-Men. Plus, Storm gets a very badass moment to show off her Stormcaster abilities. Rachel and Kitty get some cool moments too.

X-Men: Gold #28 art by Michele Bandini and Arif Prianto
X-Men Gold #28 art by Michele Bandini and Arif Prianto

Michele Bandini's artwork is absolutely gorgeous in this issue. It adds a sleekness, expressiveness, and energy to the comic which adds an extra jolt of life to the proceedings. Arif Prianto supports Bandini's work with bright and well-contrasted colors that add additional depth to the visuals. David Marquez and Matthew Wilson make for a stunning flashback sequence with Kitty and Colossus which leads into Bandini and Prianto organically.

X-Men Gold #28 is an issue that doesn't get a lot done for the plot, but it gets by on charm, solid dialogue, and great artwork from the team. Despite showing the stretchmarks of the current arc, I can still recommend this comic easily. Check it out.

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About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.