- Kitty Pryde and Wolverine
Supercbbox| title = Kitty Pryde and Wolverine
caption = "Kitty Pryde and Wolverine #4"
schedule = Monthly
date = November 1984 - April 1985
issues = 6
"Kitty Pryde and Wolverine" is a
comic book limited seriesof six issues written by Chris Claremontand drawn by Al Milgrom, and published by Marvel Comicsbetween November 1984 and April 1985. A spin-offof the series " Uncanny X-Men", it chronicles a Japanese adventure of two of the most popular X-Menof the time, Kitty Prydeand Wolverine.
The story arc is remarkable for Kitty Pryde, because it is arguably her
coming of age. Previously, Kitty was written as a sweet, gentle "kid sister" for the older X-Men, and as a literary foil to provide comic humour. In six issues, Chris Claremont takes her fresh from her breakup with Colossus in "Uncanny X-Men #184" and puts her through a trial of fire in which she confronts her inner demons and emerges victorious. She became a strong, capable young woman, and from then on, writers portrayed her in a much more mature way, and her previously campy, colorful costumes were discarded for a more serious look. "Kitty Pryde and Wolverine" is also directly responsible for her code name "Shadowcat," which she took on after this adventure and has held on until today.
Kitty Pryde's father Carmen has run into trouble with the Japanese
Yakuza. In order to help him, Kitty follows him on a business trip but is captured by mob boss Shigematsu and the evil ninja Ogun, who brainwashes her into becoming a deadly ninja assassin. After she single-handedly slices up a group of ninjas, he orders her to kill Logan (Wolverine).
A masked Kitty almost kills Wolverine, before she is knocked out by Logan's friend Yukio and comes to her senses. Terrified at having been turned into a killing machine, Kitty wants to flee, but Logan forces her to overcome her conditioning by focusing on her inner strength. When Kitty, Yukio and Logan vanquish their opponents, Kitty has the chance to kill Ogun. But she balks, stating she cannot do it. For Wolverine, it is the proof that she is truly herself again. When Ogun tries to kill her, Wolverine impales him on his claws. They clear Carmen Pryde's name and return.
Much of the series revolves around Kitty, and Claremont especially plays off on the differences between her and Logan. Wolverine is a ferocious, hardened character, a direct contrast to the innocent, gentle Kitty. When she is turned into a killer who almost murders Logan, the older Wolverine pushes a frightened Kitty to beat the mind control by confronting her inner demons. In the end, Kitty has matured into a strong young woman, having grown as a character while retaining her innocence. Not much later in the regular series, Wolverine would even consider her as a potential leader for the X-Men, if it were not for her sheer youth. The two very different characters establish a deep, platonic big-brother-little-sister-like rapport which lasts until this day, and has recently been showcased in the series "
In other media
Kitty's and Logan's close, platonic relationship is also hinted at in many episodes of the TV series "", where Wolverine calls Kitty "half-pint." In one such episode, Wolverine (under mind control) attempts to kill her, but Kitty reaches him and manages to wipe out his mind control. This is in stark contrast to the X-Men cartoon of a decade earlier, the "
Pryde of the X-Men" pilot, in which Wolverine sees Kitty as an upstart, unfit to be an X-Man.
*Although this limited series was important for both
Kitty Prydeand Wolverineit has never been reprinted in a trade paperback. But it has been reprinted in the British magazine Wolverine and Deadpoolsome 15 years later. But the limited series is being reprinted into a Hardback Graphic Novel in June 2008.
History of the X-Men comics
* [http://www.uncannyxmen.net/db/issues/showfaq.asp?fldAuto=43 "Kitty Pryde and Wolverine" plot summaries and covers @ uncannyxmen.net]
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