The big day is here. The X-Men have gathered at the site of the old Xavier Institute for Higher Learning for the wedding of Kitty Pryde, formerly known as Shadowcat, and Colossus, aka Piotr Rasputin. Illyana Rasputin, aka Magik, is Kitty's maid of honor, and Nightcrawler, aka Kurt Wagner, is Piotr's best man. All there is to do now is to get married.
It's hard not to get swept up in the earnest and sweet presentation of this story. Kitty and Colossus are two of my favorite X-Men, and they've often made for a very sweet couple. Marc Guggenheim brings back a lot of characters to be present for the wedding of these two, and it truly is heartwarming.
…Up to a point.
Stepping around big spoilers is going to be a struggle here, so just assume the next couple of paragraphs are going to give a lot away.
All of this gets undercut in a manner that, at best, straddles the line of melodramatic. Then it dives further into melodrama, coming out on the other end having transplanted its plot to different characters. It's still sweet, but the other payoff hasn't been built up as well—that is if you've only been reading X-Men: Gold and not, say, an X-Men-starring miniseries.
David Marquez and Matthew Wilson make this book gorgeous. This artistic dynamic duo makes every panel a frigging masterpiece. Marquez gives exquisite detail to everything, giving a lot of depth to the scenery, and giving every character a ton of visual expression. Wilson's color art is bright, vibrant, and makes this book pop even more.
X-Men: Gold #30 is far from a bad book, but the back half is a little deflating if you're in this for Kitty and Piotr. That said, the front half is genuinely sweet, and the ending isn't completely anticlimactic. Plus, Marquez and Wilson put incredible work into the art. I can recommend it on the condition that you're not expecting the Shadowcat and Colossus union of your dreams. If you're good with that, than feel free to check it out.