Plot Marguerite Bennet
Script Chris Claremont
Artist Todd Nauck
Colorist Artist Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer VC’s Cory Petit
I wonder how much of the plot did Bennett provide?
I own this for all of the great Kitty Pryde appearances! Thanks to my pal Nick for most of the images!
Awkwardly, Death of Wolverine 4 hasn’t come out but here we are mourning him. I like the idea of hero pictures in frames. Who took the picture? Was it easy to stage? Do they do these every time a new member joins or leaves?
Kurt can’t sleep, he misses his best friend.
I have to say this. How awkward is this concept? Kurt escaped from Heaven. He knows there is an afterlife and one can break out of it. Why mourn for anyone? When a hero dies, a group of heroes should organize and get their friend back. Maybe wait six months, to build excitement and give the dead hero some time to relax.
Kurt goes to the Danger Room and recreates his favorite memories.
He recalls his first appearance in Giant Size X-Men 1, with Krakoa.
We cut to Uncanny X-Men 137 with the Death of Phoenix. Another hero who dies and returns. It is only a waiting game. We get an image of behind the scenes of Uncanny X-Men 138, Phoenix’s funeral. If only we were treated to a view of the final page as Kitty arrives to the mansion.
Nauck really kills it on this issue. Rosenberg makes the entire issue look beautiful.
Mutant Massacre. We almost lost Kitty and Kurt in this event. Look, Magik is there too!
I know it is Harpoon that screwed Kitty’s powers up for a while. I forget it was X-Men First Class villain, Riptide, who cut Kurt a thousand times.
Has Moira and Kitty ever look so youthful and happy? Love that recreation of Excalibur 1’s cover.
We get the panel from X-Men Second Coming, where Kurt dies saving Hope at Bastion’s hand. Or arm, in this case. Funny how Kurt is back on top again and Hope is a footnote, the difference a few years make.
We see Kurt escaping Heaven, so that is awkward.
Kurt is using an image inducer so he can walk around Salem Center with Logan. Wolverine breaks it, as the city is full of friends of Kurt’s. Which is odd, as isn’t Stevie Hunter and Doug Ramsey the only locals the X-Men even meet?
Kurt creates a Danger Room sequence of Wolverine’s good friends. Look at that awesome cast shot!
Havok, Puck, Spider-Woman, Thor, Black Widow, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Spider-Man, Beast, Thing, She-Hulk, Northstar, Kitty Pryde, Rachel, Dazzler, ???, Psylocke, Storm, Rogue, Colossus, Jubilee, Sunspot, Cannonball, Gambit and Iron Man.
Who is that between Dazzler and Psylocke? He isn’t Banshee.
Angel and Aurora are at the party. As is Heather Hudson and Iceman, even Mockingbird and Sasquach made it!
The program won’t let Wolverine enter the party.
Kurt ends the sequence out of frustration. See how happy computer generated Kitty is?
Seeing these floating heads reminds me of how Kitty needs an iconic look. It was nice when she wore her Blue Excalibur costume, as it gave her a face mask. Nowadays, we have to just hope that the brunette with her hair in the ponytail is Kitty.
I like seeing the image of Juggernaut beating Colossus, such a great moment!
Issue ends with Rachel and Kurt hugging. They are going to go enjoy life.
Glad that Crimson Pirates storyline wasn’t six issues so we could get treated to this issue.