Marauders #11 brings to us the funeral of Kitty “Kate” Pryde.
Unlike the other mutants of Krakoa, the X-Men have not been able to resurrect one of their staple members, Kate Pryde. While we, the readers, know that she had been betrayed, the rest of the X-Men do not have this information.
Also as long-time readers of the X-Men, we know that none of these mutants ever stay dead, in what has become a fashionable trend since Jean Grey did it a number of times. What is interesting here is that writer Gerry Duggan doesn’t shy away from that knowledge — instead, he writes the characters in such a way that they embrace Kate’s death and continue to make comments like “We can’t wait to see you soon, Kate.”
There are so many incredibly emotional moments in this issue in the way the X-Men mourn Kate’s death, yet have hope that she will return. Emma Frost and Storm both have intense moments dealing with the fact that their teammate and good friend is gone.
Emma holds herself together in front of everyone, but it’s when she’s in her own privacy behind closed doors that she has a complete breakdown. When she discovers exactly who is behind Kate’s death, Emma makes it very clear that there will be no corner in Hell in which they can hide from her. Yet, she takes that and puts it aside to deal with a more important matter regarding Kate.
Storm, on the other hand, keeps herself calm and collected. It’s through an interaction she has with another character that you can see that a hurricane is raging inside of her. The calmer and more collected Storm means that she is incredibly upset, and ready to crack lightning at whoever is deserving of that strike.
It is hard to write a spoiler-free review of Marauders #11 because there are just so many incredible moments that I want to share with the world. I want to talk about it!
The writing by Gerry Duggan is just so emotionally powerful, and it’s clear that he understands Storm and Emma Frost. The art by Stefano Caselli and Edgar Delgado is really incredible, especially in this issue. There is a moment toward the end of the issue that is just so beautiful that I want it framed on my wall. You’ll have to go buy the issue to see what I am talking about!
Marauders #11 brings together this particular plot and answers so many questions. I am so excited for Marauders #12 — all hell is going to break loose!