Rogue & Gambit #1

by Ryan.L on January 03, 2018

Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Pere Perez
Publisher: Marvel Comics

It's 2018 and with it comes a slew of new X-books. Most are just mini-series like this one but who cares it's more X-books!!! So here we are, Rogue & Gambit in an all new mini-series. These two fan favorites haven't been together much in the comics for awhile so it's nice to see them come back together to bicker and fight like only they can.

This issue we see Kitty ask Rogue to take a mission with Gambit to a mutant couples therapy retreat to investigate the disappearance of some of those mutants. Rogue is obviously not impressed and reluctantly takes the mission. Gambit has been making it clear he still has feelings for her but she continues to dismiss those advances. This should get very interesting indeed.

I have to say when I first heard that we were getting a Rogue and Gambit series I was absolutely not happy. Don't get me wrong I loved these two together but I feel that Rogue has had so much growth since they broke up I don't want them to move backwards. After reading this first issue I was blown away by how awesome it was. I love the dynamics between them and they both really feel true to their characters. Kelly Thompson truly has a good understanding of both characters and that even with all the growth they have made there are still a lot of things they need to face. Throwing them into a mission that's basically the x-version of the movie Couples Retreat is just perfect.

Gambit knows just how to push Rogue's buttons and you can see how much he also enjoys it. These two have undeniable chemistry and Thompson capitalizes on every ounce of it in this book. There were so many times I was laughing out loud from the bickering between Rogue & Gambit. One of my favorite moments when Gambit calls Rogue out on her kissing Deadpool (seen in Uncanny Avengers #22). It completely married the reactions myself and I'm sure other Rogue fans had when they saw the kiss. That's something we need more in the comics. there are so many questionable moments that fans freak out about and instead of addressing it the creative teams usually just act like it never happened. Thompson addresses things like the kiss a few times in this book and it made me such a happy x-fan. Also Rogue's reaction every time is classic Rogue.

Not only does this book have an amazing story the art is absolutely perfect. It's bright, fun and Pere Perez really has a talent for the details. You can really see the emotions Rogue is feeling when Gambit is playing his games. Perez's skill at drawing expressions is amazing and it really helps to give the level of drama a boost.

This book brings what we have grown to love about the X-books. Action, drama and comedy in a uniquely X-Men way. Kelly Thompson does an incredible job crafting a story I just can't wait to read more of. This being her first x-title I want even after only one issue Marvel to give her an ongoing series. She is perfect for the X-Men and I hope we get to see a lot more of her. Buy this book, trust me it's so worth it.


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