Every day in April we will reveal the greatest stories ever told starring a particular character or written/drawn by a particular creator (and throughout the month, you’ll get daily chances to vote for NEXT week’s lists). These lists are voted on by YOU, the reader!
Here is the list of characters/creators featured so far (along with the rules on how to vote).
Today’s list is the Greatest Kitty Pryde Stories Ever Told!
10. “Gifted” Astonishing X-Men #1-6
Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s opening storyline on Astonishing X-Men spotlighted Kitty Pryde as she rejoined the X-Men after retiring from superheroing to pursue a “normal” life. Cyclops convinces her to return as he needs someone who can bridge the gap between “normal” humans and mutants and few people do that better than Kitty Pryde. Her return to the X-Mansion brings back loads of memories for Kitty but things get even more crazy for her when she reunites with Colossus, who she thought died some time ago!
9. “God Loves, Man Kills” Marvel Graphic Novel #5
In this classic graphic novel by Chris Claremont and Brent Anderson, Kitty Pryde famously debates the anti-mutant religious zealot Reverand Stryker on live television. After he denounces Nightcrawler as non-human, Kitty retorts, “More human than you! Nightcrawler’s generous and kind and decent! He had every reason to be bitter, every excuse to become as much of a demon inside and out, but he decided he’d rather learn to laugh instead! I hope I can be HALF the person he is, and if I have to choose between caring for my friend and believing in YOUR God…then I choose…m-my friend!”
8. Mekanix #1-6
Chris Claremont, Juan Bobillo and Marcelo Sosa show Kitty trying to adjust to life as a typical genius college student in Chicago when an anti-mutant hate group “outs” her as a mutant. Kitty then must deal with her changed life situation (while also stopping the hate group as they try more and more violent methods).
7. “God Spare the Child…” X-Men #129-131
While part of the Dark Phoenix Saga, this three-parter is really sort of distinct from the stuff that happens from #132 on, when things REALLY get real. In any event, Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin introduce the world to Kitty Pryde in #129 as the X-Men and Emma Frost of the Hellfire Club both try to recruit Kitty Pryde to their side. Kitty Pryde really stood out among comic book superheroes at the time, as Byrne and Claremont stressed how relatively NORMAL she was. She soon became a powerful POV character for the title.
6. “Kitty’s Fairy Tale” Uncanny X-Men #153
In this delightful issue by Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum and Joe Rubinstein, Kitty tells a fairy tale to Colossus’ kid sister, Illyana (this is before Illyana was magically aged to a teenager) and the fairy tale depicts the various members of the X-Men in hilarious situations (Kitty is the princess at the heart of the story, of course).
The top five is on the next page!
5. “Unstoppable” #19–24 & Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men #1
Joss Whedon and John Cassaday finish their run with Kitty Pryde literally taking a bullet for the universe. A giant magical bullet, but a bullet nevertheless! A touching, heartfelt farewell to Whedon and Cassaday and to Kitty (for a while, at least).
4. “Professor X is a Jerk!” Uncanny X-Men #168
In this issue, Chris Claremont, Paul Smith and Bob Wiacek come to terms with the fact that while the X-Men were in outer space for a time (and thought to be dead by the world, including Professor X), Professor X had decided to restart the school with a group of new mutants all Kitty’s age. Naturally, then, Xavier believes that Kitty’s place is with the New Mutants. Can Kitty plead her case to Xavier? Obviously, yes, but it is the HOW that is so impressive!
3. Kitty Pryde and Wolverine #1-6
In this sequel to the first Wolverine mini-series, Kitty Pryde travels to Japan to rescue her father and finds herself captured and corrupted by the evil Ogun. She is trained as a ninja and sent to fight Wolverine. Eventually, Wolverine frees her of her brainwashing and they both take on Ogun. Kitty has been violated by Ogun. Will she repay him by killing him? Is she too far gone? This is the series where Chris Claremont introduced Kitty’s new (and thankfully final) codename, Shadowcat. Al Milgrom did the art.
2. “Days of Future Past” X-Men #141/Uncanny X-Men #142
A classic X-Men tale from John Byrne, Chris Claremont and Terry Austin, this story has an adult Kate Pryde coming back in time and possessing her younger body so that she can convince the X-Men to help prevent the death of Senator Robert Kelly, which in turn would avoid Kate’s dystopic future from existing. The last great Claremont/Byrne/Austin epic.
1. “Demon” Uncanny X-Men #143
The last issue that Byrne/Claremont/Austin did, though, was the next issue, a one-off where Kitty Pryde is alone at the X-Mansion on Christmas Eve when a demon attacks. This might be the greatest final issue from an acclaimed creative team EVER, as Kitty remarkably does whatever she can to stop the demon solo. It is a tremendous issue and really solidified Kitty as a bad ass.
That’s the list! Agree? Disagree? Let us know!