Chris Claremont is returning to the comic book franchise that made him a legend.
In the mid-1970s, Claremont — then a relatively unknown writer at Marvel Comics — took over as writer for Marvel's X-Men comics. At the time, the X-Men were B-list heroes at best, but Claremont — with help from collaborators like Dave Cockrum and John Byrne — transformed them, co-creating countless characters and memorable storylines until the Marvel mutants were the biggest thing in comic books. If you love the X-Men today, Claremont and his essential contributions to their continuity and mythology is a big reason why. This spring, he gets to return to one of his most iconic characters for a very special celebration.
Marvel has announced that Claremont is one of three writers contributing stories to X-Men Wedding Special #1, a celebratory issue in honor of the long-overdue marriage of Kitty Pryde and Colossus. Throughout his time on the X-titles in the 1970s and 1980s, Claremont cultivated the drama of the on-again, off-again romance of these two characters, both of whom remain fan favorites (Claremont co-created Kitty Pryde with Byrne in 1980; Colossus, though heavily developed by Claremont, was created by Cockrum and Len Wein in 1975).
Claremont will join current Rogue & Gambit writer Kelly Thompson and X-Men Gold writer Marc Guggenheim in contributing stories to the issue, though his story will specifically focus on Kitty, arguably his most beloved co-creation.
"X-Men weddings are always a big deal, if only because they're so rare,” Thompson said in a Marvel press release. “I think you probably have to go all the way back to X-Men #30 in 1994 — the wedding of Jean Grey and Cyclops — to get a wedding as potentially big as the wedding of Kitty Pryde and Colossus: two X-Men who've been around (and on again/off again) for literal decades.”
Though he hasn't taken over one of the main team books in a while, Claremont's never really left the X-Men. He's returned several times to his characters since departing the flagship series (retitled X-Men at the time) in the early 1990s, notably with a recent Nightcrawler series that launched in 2014. Now he's coming home again to help one of his most enduring mutants tie the knot.
X-Men: Wedding Special is being billed as a "companion" issue to the upcoming X-Men Gold storyline "'Til Death Do Us Part," which launches with Issue #26 in April. The wedding special will go on sale May 16. Check out the cover by artist J. Scott Campbell below.