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.
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