The X-Men comic Marauders, written by Gerry Duggan with art by Matteo Lolli, has been telling the story of Kitty Pryde — now calling herself Kate — since it’s first issue, but the most recent issue delved deep into her character and confirmed a long held fan belief.
Some backstory before we get into what happened in this issue:
All the X-Men now live on Krakoa, a living mutant island that acts as a mutant nation/homeland now. Allowing mutants access to Krakoa are various Krakoan portals planted around the world — however, in the first issue of Marauders, Kitty Pryde tried walking through one of these portals and hit, basically, a brick wall.
Disappointed, but still optimistic, Kitty just, you know, sails to Krakoa and, when she got there, decided to become the envoy for mutants who can’t get to Krakoa through traditional means. Or, in other words: Kitty Pryde decided to become a pirate and rescue mutants in trouble.
Given a ship and crew, Kitty — who now decided to go by “Kate” — was also asked to join the Quiet Council (the ruling body of Krakoa) and the Hellfire Club as the Red Queen. She accepted, but this almost immediately put her at odds with Sebastian Shaw, the Black King, who wanted the position of Red King for his own son, Shinobi. After a few issues of machinations, Sebastian Shaw finally manipulated things so that he was able to kill Kate, reasoning that the same thing that stopped her from going through a Krakoan portal would also stop the Five from resurrecting her.
And he was kind of right: the Five tried many times to resurrect her, but it always failed, until Emma Frost realized why — Kate simply couldn’t break out of the egg, since she was more accustomed to phasing through barriers. Finally, with the help of Emma, Kate was resurrected and gained new life.
Issue 12, then, is what happened next: Kate has literally been reborn and has finally realized, after the disappointment of Krakoa’s rejection, who she is and who she is meant to be. Reborn with the same curly hair as when she first appeared and putting back on her Star of David necklace, Kate seemed more confidant than ever. She even returns back to the tattoo parlor from the first issue of the book to get another tattoo, this time from a female tattoo artist. Which is when this happens:
X-Men fans have long held the belief that Kitty Pryde was queer. Over the years, Kitty has had deep, intimate friendships with both Illyana Rasputin and Rachel Summers that have definitely had romantic undertones — especially as Chris Claremont revealed in an episode of Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men that, if he had had his way, Kitty and Rachel would have gotten together. But, over the years, Kitty was primarily shown only to be attracted to men (and, weirdly, most of them were named “Peter”).
Not anymore, however. With the latest issue of Marauders, a queer Kate Pryde is now canon. And, with the longing glances Kate gave to both Rachel and Illyana earlier in the issue, fans might wonder what the future will hold for Kate Pryde’s love life.