X-Men Gold, issue’s 6-36, plus two Annuals and the Wedding Special oneshot. Kitty Pryde is running the School and the main team. Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Rachel Grey(calling herself “Prestige” now. That’s like her fifth or sixth codename) and Old Man Logan are the mainstays, but Iceman, Rogue, and Gambit are also around.
6 was the final issue of the first arc. A new Sentinel AI Nanoswarm is threatening New York. Rachel untaps her TK potential and “destroys” the swarm and saves NYC, but something in her is changed.
7-8. Secret Empire crossover. While trapped under the Dark Dimension dome covering NYC during SE, a new X-Cutioner is running thru the school. He murders a couple students, released an alien the X-Men fought a few issues back and were holding in the basement without due process(which sets up some future story arcs) and sets up a bomb in the Danger Room before the X-Men confront him and stop the bomb. But they never address the dead students ever again. No funerals, no letters to their parents, nothing. Also, when they find the dead kids, they don’t tell the rest of the students because they don’t want to “start a panic” or let the killer know they know he’s in the house or whatthefuck ever stupid reason. But holy shit, these people are horrible teachers. Also, Rachel and Kurt start dating and Kitty and Peter are tap dancing around their complicated relationship again.
9-11. Kitty is called before Congress to testify about a Mutant Deportation Act bill they’re considering. The team heads to Russia because the Hand ninjas got ahold of Omega Red’s body and resurrect him. Eh. It was a forgettable arc.
12. Gives the origin of Kolgoroth, the alien guy that escaped from the basement. He’s a mutant of his species from a planet in the Negative Zone who escaped thru a dimensional rift and got beat up by the X-Men when he got here.
13-15. Mojo Worldwide crossover with the Blue series. See above.
16-20. The Negative Zone War. Kolgoroth escapes back to the Negative Zone in a stolen spaceship, but Kitty and Kurt are stuck onboard, so the rest of the team go to rescue them. They get embroiled in a civil war on Kolgoroth’s home planet when he resurrects an ancient god called Murphy Maguffin(I forgot his name but he shows up in a later arc) that the X-Men have to stop. Then, on the way home, they crash on another planet and have to fix the ship before they all die. Eventually they get back to Earth where Kitty proposes to Piotr.
20-21. Mesmero has recruited a new Brotherhood, including a new Avalanche and a new Pyro(the originals both being dead) and are working for a shitty Congresswoman to do evil mutant shit publicly making mutants out to be a threat. The X-Men confront the Brotherhood, but Mesmero tricks them into thinking they are fighting evil mutants, when they’re actually fighting cops. Once the facade drops, the X-Men are placed under arrest.
22-25. Cruel and Unusual. The main team is incarcerated and awaiting trial. They have to fight Callisto in prison to assert dominance in the prisoner hierarchy. Storm gets thrown in solitary and her claustrophobia kicks in, which causes her Asgardian war hammer to come find her. Rogue and Iceman step up and form a new team with Ink, Armor, Magik, and the new Pyro who realized Mesmero was manipulating him and wants to atone. Then Murphy Maguffin shows up and the incarcerated X-Men tell the warden they’re done being prisoners and just fuck off because they feel like it. Again, there’s no consequences for this later on! They defeat Murphy. The not-as-Dead-as previously thought Sentinel AI Nanoswarm, now calling itself Alpha teams up with the shitty racist Congresswoman to hatch an evil scheme.
26-30. Til Death Do Us Part. Alpha kidnaps Colossus to use the remnants of the Legacy Virus in his blood to create a new virus that will wipe out all mutants on Earth. The team goes up into space to rescue him on an abandoned Roxxon space station and stops Alpha and his evil virus. Then for the big issue 30, it’s the Wedding Issue! Kitty and Peter are finally tying the knot. Except Kitty gets cold feet at the altar and runs away, and Plot Twist Rogue And Remy get married instead! Leads into their own ongoing called Mr &Mrs X.
The Wedding Special. 3 stories. One by Claremont about Kitty’s journey from student to leader of the School and the Team. The other two stories are the bachelor and bachelorette stories.
31-32. The fallout from the non-nuptials. And Mesmero has been messing with Rachel’s mind for the past several dozen issues and it comes to a head when he makes her think she’s still a hound in the future and she’s attacking her teammates, but baby Cyclops and Iceman talk her out of it. She breaks up with Kurt.
33-35. Storm goes back to Kenya when her adoptive mother dies and she gets into a fight with an ancient African God of death the tribe is now worshipping since she fucked off and left them years ago. She ends up sacrificing her Asgardian hammer to defeat him.
36. Final issue, wraps up the series. The team goes to talk down an omega level mutant who’s powers just manifested. After Kitty gets him to power down, a bystander shoots the kid in the head. They rush him to a hospital, but the doctor refuses to operate because he’s worried the kid’s powers might reactivate and blow up the entire hospital. Another doctor intervenes and says she’ll do it because she used to be anti-mutant, but she was inspired by Kitty’s speech way back in the first issue and sees all the good they’ve done and it changed her. So that’s how it ends. As in, it never ends...
Annual 1 was an Excalibur reunion. Brian and Meggan had a baby, so Kitty, Kurt, and Rachel go England for a visit. Cool cover, Alan Davis homages his own Excalibur #1 cover.
Annual 2 was a flashback to when Kitty was at summer camp before she even joined the X-Men and met another mutant there.
Oh man, getting close. Three more short ongoings and a couple minis and then it’s back to the beginning of the Alphabet! Should be all caught up by 2025!!
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