X-Men Gold #8 was, overall, a really good issue. That doesn't mean it's perfect, but I at least enjoyed the read. We were given a one-note throwaway bad guy because the Secret Empire tie-in needed to be confined to just two issues so that our X-buddies can move on fast; case in point, by the end of this issue, the darkforce dimension dome over Manhattan is already gone... meanwhile, the rest of the Marvel Universe is only on Secret Empire 6 out of 10/11. Whatever. I'm glad Gold's tie-in is over, but from another viewpoint, weren't #7-8 the best of the series so far? Maybe we could have stomached a four-part tie-in, especially with this biweekly distribution schedule. I'm so torn! Anyway, Rachel saves Peter (big shock), Kitty Pryde has some questionable dialogue, both internal and external (I rolled my eyes a lot in this issue), Peter loves Kitty and won't shut the fuck up about it, we got an Omega Red preview, and Storm was underutilized again. But Nightcrawler's scene was probably the most impressive set of panels since X-Men Prime #1. Heartbreaking. And I'm so glad that Secret Empire has brought some undervalued X-characters -- in this case, Dust and Rockslide -- out of hiatus, a theme I'm seeing in a lot of these books lately. And of course, there's the ending, which sets up a plot that could be both intensely consequential for our characters and a horrifying opportunity for Marvel to fuck up the delivery of a metaphor for a timely, sensitive political issue (which unfortunately, I suspect they will). .
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