X-Men: Gold #24
Written by: Marc Guggenheim
Art by: Thony Silas
What You Need to Know
In the last issue Ororo, Kitty, and Rachael Summers have been incarcerated into the Robert Kelly Correctional Facility, which isn’t a very good place for mutants as they dampen their powers once locked up. As these core members of the X-Men Gold team have been sent into the slammer, Rogue decided to put together her own X-Men comprised of Magma, a new Pyro that has recently been brought into the storyline, Magik, Ink, Armor, and the present day Iceman.
In my personal opinion, the new team is very dynamic. They are obviously still trying to understand one another’s strengths and weaknesses but they are ironing out those difficulties through each new altercation that they face and Rogue continues to prove herself as a leader. Initially as a leader of her own X-men team for a short duration and then leading the amalgamation of X-men/ Avengers teams that have risen over the last couple of years. I love how they have brought her to the forefront once more as Kitty is on hiatus and she does an fantastic job rising to the responsibilities that are thrown her way.
At the end of the last issue some of the prison inmates try to prove themselves by taking on our X-Women to show the rest of the prison yard that they are the alpha women. In issue 24 they start to understand that Wolverine has trained our ladies in hand to hand combat and that Kitty has been further trained as a Ninja, a lesson that they will not be forgetting any time soon. Unfortunately the guards of the facility don’t take too kindly to yard altercations, which means a not so good fate for our favorite weather goddess.
Meanwhile the newly formed team take on an inhuman whose powers have been amplified since the last time they ran into them and some old tricks that they thought would take him out easily don’t work so well. Thankfully Rogue reasons with their new opponent and is able to reach him on a more human level and they are able to create an outcome that benefits the newly formed X-men and the city of Manhattan as a whole.