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Astonishing X-Men: Torn

Astonishing X-Men: The Evolution of Kitty Pryde

We look back at the history of Kitty Pryde before she breaks out in 'Astonishing X-Men: Torn,' now on DVD!

By Christina Pham

The “Astonishing X-Men: Torn” DVD made its way to shelves yesterday, and today, we’re treating you all to some Kitty Pryde!

Since Emma Frost and Charles Xavier stepped foot in her home during UNCANNY X-MEN #129 by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, Pryde has become one of the most vital members of the X-Men. With her even larger role in the “Astonishing X-Men: Torn” DVD, we’re exploring her evolution as a character throughout Marvel history.

Kitty Pryde stands alone in "Astonishing X-Men: Torn"

From the time of Pryde’s first phase through her bedroom floor, she was in for a major rollercoaster ride. Very much like other mutants, she was scared and extremely vulnerable. To make her journey a bit less intimidating, she and Storm, quickly became good friends with one another. The newcomer even helped the X-Men escape from the then-villainous Emma Frost, the White Queen of the Hellfire Club.

Following her parents’ approval, which was heavily swayed in Charles Xavier’s favor by Jean Grey, this mutant paved her way to becoming an X-Man, and quickly at that. In turn, that provided her the opportunity to develop and mature, not only as a teenager but as a hero.

Not only did Pryde quickly prove herself worthy of being apart of the team, she even developed a romantic relationship with Peter Rasputin/Colossus, which is broken later on when Rasputin falls in love with another.

Eventually she leaves the X-Men after suffering injuries from an energy spear thrown while saving the Morlocks from the Maurauders. To recover, she was moved to Muir Isle in Scotland, but at that point, her powers were hindered, requiring her to concentrate heavily in order to maintain her solid form.

Kitty Pryde in "Astonishing X-Men: Torn"

While recovering, the X-Men seemingly met their demise in Dallas, leaving the world without its mutant protectors. Pryde stepped up to the plate and helped form Excalibur in Great Britain. She stayed with them for a little while until her desire to lead a more “normal” life became a priority, and she left the team to attend an all-female college for a short time.

Unfortunately for her, school didn’t work out so she rejoined Excalibur, where a romance blossomed with Pete Wisdom, another mutant. Wisdom joined Excalibur to be with Pryde, and the two fell in love but eventually drifted apart because of their individual responsibilities.

When writer Joss Whedon and artist John Cassaday’s “Astonishing X-Men” hit stores, the student had become the teacher. Pryde, alongside Emma Frost, Cyclops, Wolverine, Colossus, Nightcrawler, and Best taught at Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, with Summers in the forefront. Pryde and Colossus were reunited, she had once again found a home in the X-Men, and she very much had her powers in control.

Her mind and abilities have matured immensely. “Torn” sees Kitty Pryde make the next step in her evolution when Emma Frost takes down the X-Men, leaving Kitty on her own to save her teammates and prove just what makes her one of the strongest X-Men around.

Get your hands, paws or claws on the third chapter of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s saga in “Astonishing X-Men: Torn” now, and for all your latest X-Men news and updates, keep those eyes peeled to Marvel.com!

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