X-Men Gold does one thing very well; reminding us what the X-Men used to be like. It's heavy handed at times (heck, the last few pages of this issue gives the Clift Notes version of X-Men history), but It's goal is something I think we can all get behind: The X-Men are heroes and people don't appreciate them for it.
The synopsis of this comic is simple. Kitty Pryde (don't call her Shadow Cat) is leader of the X-Men and have relocated Xavier's School to Central Park after their war with the Inhumans. Most of the old crew are back. Kitty, Colossus, Nightcrawler, and Storm are joined by Rachael Grey (Prestige) and Old Man Logan (Old Man Logan). It's familiar faces with familiar roles for the most part. Kitty is in charge and alternate universe Wolverine seems to be her confidant... or at least her sounding board. The comic even ends with an attack on the U.N. and the X-Men are off to confront the source of that problem: The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
So... It's hard to write about this comic. Ardian Sayf's art is nice enough. It's mostly consistent, with few high marks but also few low marks. Marc Guggenheim's story is as bare-bones as you would expect from a reintroduction comic. His dialog is light, and pithy. It had me smile at times, but never really evoked much else.
It's not bad. Nor is it good. I am interested to read the next comic, which is what the goal of the comic should be, but it better prove it's worth quick or I'll drop it like I've dropped every X-Men comic over the past five years. This can be could good.
But history has taught us otherwise, hasn't it?
Rating: 7/10 Threats to Stab Lawyers