X-Men: Gold is a twice-monthly ongoing comic published by Marvel Comics, launching under the post-Inhumans vs. X-Men ResurrXion umbrella of X-Men titles. It's written by Marc Guggenheim (Arrow) and drawn by rotating artists.
After a fraught number of years for the X-Men, including near-extinction, as well as wars with both The Avengers and The Inhumans, mutantkind has reached a livable point of stability. While still hated and feared by the larger world, the X-Men find themselves in a unique position to fully take advantage of their new lease on life.
While sister title X-Men: Blue focuses on the time-displaced Original Five under Magneto's tutelage, Gold features a brand-new flagship team led by stalwart X-Man Kitty Pryde, following her brief sabbatical with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Joining her on this endeavor are Storm, Colossus, Rachel Summers (now using the codename Prestige), Old Man Logan, and Nightcrawler. Together, it's up to them to restore the legacy of the X-Men in a world that almost lost them forever.
X-Men: Gold contains examples of the following tropes:
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Shortly after its creation, Alpha started targeting not only mutants, but a baldness clinic, a reality TV star who was colorblind, and anyone who deviated even slightly from the standard "human" template.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Kitty gives one of these to Lydia Nance in #14, to which Nance provides no response:"I manage to get up in the morning, get dressed, do my job, try to figure out what's going on between me and this guy I've got history with. Occasionally, I help save the world. Y'know, live my life. And I do it all without feeling the need to demonize another group of people. I just... don't care that people are different from me, because people are different. So I'm genuinely curious... what is so broken inside people like you that you have to target anyone who's different?
- Artistic License Linguistics: At one point Kurt addresses his friends as "mein freunds" instead of the "meine freunde", which is what you get if you apply German grammar to that phrase.
- Artistic License Religion: Kitty Pryde's mother is surprised by Kitty's request that she walk her down the aisle at Kitty's wedding to Piotr, saying that this is a man's job. In real-life Jewish weddings, both parents walk the bride and the groom down the aisle. While the wedding might not be a Jewish one (Kitty is not very devout and Piotr is an atheist), it's still unrealistic for Kitty's mother (who is Jewish) to be surprised.
- Also, the rabbi apparently has no problem marrying Gambit and Rogue, a lapsed Catholic and a Southern Baptist she barely knows.
- Author Tract: Indonesian artist Ardian Syaf, a public supporter of the movement to have the Christian governor of Jakarta province removed on blasphemy grounds, inserted references to the movement in the form of the number 212note and the Qur'an verse QS5:51note in the artwork of issue 1. Syaf later confirmed the intent of these references on social media, leading to immediate backlash. He was sacked.
- Barred from the Afterlife: Nightcrawler is revealed to be immortal because his lack of a soul keeps him from passing on (this is the result of things that happened in The Quest for Nightcrawler, the first arc of Amazing X-Men).
- Big-Bad Ensemble: Lydia Nance (an anti-mutant pundit), Kologoth Antares (an alien warlord) and Alpha (an advanced nanotech Sentinel) are the main villains of the series.
- The Bus Came Back: Stevie Hunter — who was introduced as Kitty's dance instructor in 1980— makes her first appearance in over twenty-five years with issue #9, where it's explained that she's since become a congresswoman in the US House of Representatives.
- In issue #3, Bastion returns, having survived his apparent death by Hope Summers.
- In the "'Til Death Do Us Part" arc, Piotr's taking the Legacy Virus cure becomes a plot point when Lydia Nance and Alpha plan to use the remnants of the cure in Piotr's system to breed an even deadlier strain of the Legacy Virus to kill all mutants.
- Storm recently started wielding Stormcaster, an Asgardian hammer that she was once given by Loki in an X-Men story from 1985.
- Character Witness: The ungrateful woman that dismissed and dehumanized the X-Men after they rescued her in issue 1 comes back in the finale, having learned better after seeing them risk themselves to save New York as the only doctor willing to operate on a mutant whose uncontrolled powers risk the entire hospital.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Kologoth's army, specifically the officers, wear black uniforms with red armbands featuring a black and white symbol.
- Easter Egg: The artist of #1, Ardian Syaf, included 212 and QS 5:51 in the artwork. Unbeknownst to Marvel, these were references to a passage from the Quran that can be interpreted as meaning that Muslims shouldn't be led by non-Muslims, and a situation in Indonesia where a non-Muslim had been elected in the majority Muslim country. Once Marvel found out, they immediately announced that the digital version, subsequent printings, and collected edition would be edited to delete these references, and that disciplinary action will be taken, resulting in Syaf's termination of his contract. Full explanations here and here.
- Frame-Up: When the X-Men are fighting the Brotherhood at the beginning of the Cruel and Unusual arc Mesmero manipulates the minds of onlookers to see the Brotherhood as police officers. Result? The X-Men go to jail.
- Freudian Excuse: Lydia Nance turns out to hate mutants because her abusive father was a mutant.
- Gilligan Cut: In Issue #11, Kitty devises a plan to rescue Illyana from Russian mobsters using her magic to restore Omega Red. Nightcrawler and Colossus take out the mobsters who were holding Illyana hostage:Nightcrawler: Katzchen's plan worked.
Colossus: They usually do.(cut to Kitty and Logan up against Omega Red)Kitty: Why can't my plans ever work?
- Hypocrite: Colossus's uncle. He has the nerve to claim Peter has abandoned his nationality, in spite of the fate that he helped bring back Omega Red to terrorize his countrymen.
- I Always Wanted to Say That: Kitty Pryde rallies the team together with the words, "To me, my X-Men!"Logan: You always wanted to say that, didn't you?
Kitty: Like you have no idea.
- Impossible Theft: In issue 30, Gambit steals a wedding.note
- Innocent Bigot: In the second annual, a fourteen-year-old Kitty learns that her friends aren't as tolerant as she hoped.Madison: Oh my god, Kitty, you're not you're not a mutant-sympathizer, are you? I mean, being Jewish is one thing
- Jerkass Has a Point: Issue one finally clarifies why, out of all enhanced human flavors in the Marvel universe, mutants are given special exception to be targeted by Fantastic Racism. Lydia Nance explains in a news report that they're the only group where a Person of Mass Destruction could spontaneously develop from anyone at anytime.
- Lampshading: in issue #34, when Kitty and Illyana discuss what happened at Kitty's wedding.charging robot: This is hardly the time to talk about your feelings.
- Meaningful Rename: Rachel Summers takes on a new superhero name: Prestige.
- Mythology Gag: Toward the end of issue #25, after Kitty's team, joined by a new team of X-Men assembled by Iceman and Rogue, fight off Scythian, Iceman comments, "What are we going to do with twelve X-Men?" Angel asked a similar question, "What do we do with thirteen X-Men?" in the end of Giant-Size X-Men #1, the book that first introduced the "All New, All Diferent" line-up.
- Each issue of the "'Til Death Do Us Part" arc (slated to end with Kitty and Peter's wedding) begins with a one-page flashback to a prominent moment in Kitty and Peter's relationship.
- Prison Episode: The Cruel and Unusual arc, where the X-Men are framed for fighting the police and end up in jail for three issues (imprisoned alongside some of their old enemies who obviously want a piece of them).
- Put on a Bus: Old Man Logan leaves the team at the beginning of the Cruel and Unusual arc.
- Reality Ensues: In the first pages of Prime, Kitty had Illyana move the X-Mansion into Central Park. Come the first issue of Gold, after signing phone books of paperwork, she's later given an invoice for 18 million dollars to stay as it is the most valuable real estate in New York after all.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
"No, you're the monster. And your hatred and bigotry is hardly original. You're not the first person I've met like this."
- Colossus' response to Lydia Nance's plot to kill mutantkind by recreating the Legacy Virus is short but sweet:
- Red Skies Crossover: Almost literally in the Secret Empire arc. Though it's billed as a tie-in, the connection to that story is very tangential, and the unusual color of the sky in the distance is seen & noted by characters.
- Ret-Canon: The old-school X-Men villain Mesmero makes a few appearances, with a redesign lifted wholesale from his appearance in X-Men: Evolution.
- Runaway Bride: Kitty gets cold feet about her wedding to Colossus, and their wedding is canceled.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute:
- Rather than them be hastily resurrected for the story, Avalanche and Pyro are filled in on Mesmero's new brotherhood with mutants with similar powersets.
- Lydia Nance shares character traits with Graydon Creed; both are viciously anti-mutant politicians who are actually the human offspring of mutants.
- Scary Dogmatic Aliens: Kologoth's army follow the scriptures of an ancient, fallen deity, scriptures that most of their kind had abandoned before Kolgoth brought them back into focus.
- Serial Killer: The villain of the Secret Empire tie-in arc is a serial killer who targets mutants.
- Stag Party: The Wedding Special follows Kitty and Colossus through their respective bachelor and bachelorette parties.
- They Do: In issue #30. But rather than Kitty and Colossus, it's Rogue and Gambit.
- Thoroughly Mistaken Identity: Kologoth was originally believed to be a new mutant. After the X-Men captured him, they learned he was actually an alien mutant that Mesmero was passing off as a human mutant.
- Took a Level in Badass: Storm in issue #25, when she reclaimed Stormcaster, an Asgardian hammer that puts her closer to Thor in terms of power.
- Underwear of Power: Kitty Pryde, Storm, Colossus bring the style back as the X-Men start to focus on being heroes.
- Ungrateful Bastard: True to form, after rescuing a skyscraper of people the X-Men are met with bitter stares from them. A little girl is admonished by her mother for responding to "it" when asked if anyone's okay.
- Subverted in issue #25; after the X-Men are arrested for assaulting police officers (they were fighting the Brotherhood but Mesmero had manipulated the minds of onlookers to see them as cops), they later take on an alien god-being Scythian, stopping him from destroying Paris. As a result the charges are promptly dropped and Lydia Nance's proposed Mutant Deportation Bill, which seemed all but unstoppable a few issues before, has stalled in Congress. Played straight with the warden of the mutant prison where the X-Men were held who's still openly bigoted.
- Wedding Day: Issue #30 is set on Kitty and Piotr's wedding day but it ends up becoming Gambit and Rogue's wedding.
- Why Waste a Wedding?: After Kitty gets cold feet, Gambit swoops in and asks for Rogue's hand in marriage, followed by their swift exchanging of nuptials.
- Working with the Ex: Kitty has made it clear to Colossus that while she will always care about him she has moved on and is not interested in resuming their old romance. As of issue #11, Kitty and Peter appear to have reconciled. #20 ends with Kitty asking Piotr to marry her.