ROGUE & GAMBIT #3
Written by: Kelly Thompson
Art by: Pere Pérez, Frank D’Armata, Joe Caramagna
Published by: Marvel Comics
What it’s about…
ROGUE and GAMBIT are enjoying this mission in paradise more than anyone expected, but is the actual mission getting lost in the process? When things are this sexy, does it really matter? Yes, yes, of course it does.
Who or what is LAVISH? And can Rogue and Gambit escape its grasp? Do they even want to?
What I thought about it…
For those of you who have not been reading this mini series, the story finds the on again off again couple investigating a couples therapy island where mutants have been going missing for months. This issue continues Rogue and Gambit’s investigation into the therapy center, but not before we get to the most important plot of this series: Why are these two do damn dysfunctional?
Turns out their trust problems go way back to the events in Antarctica around Uncanny X-Men #348-350. Thanks to flashback we discover Antarctica is where Rogue and Gambit took advantage of their powers being suppressed, and as Rogue puts it, experienced her “first time.” This was big news to me, and probably to other fans that haven’t followed the X-titles closely in years.
But its this kind of moments that have made this series so enjoyable to read. Writer Kelly Thompson is doing something here than you don’t see in most of the other x-books: emphasizing character growth and clearly explaining their motivations behind their decisions.
Character development in an X-Men book… spooky.
In the art department, Pere Pérez draws very expressive faces, and that elevated the action and the humor throughout the book. The page layouts are great, as is the backgrounds in the therapist office and in the couple’s cabin. Rogue and Gambit #3 has this wonderful sequence where the two heroes break into a lab (again), and end up battling their duplicates from various eras.
At one point during the battle, Rogue drop kicks her mid 90’s clone, the one in the daisu dukes and bikini top. This leads Rouge to wonder what she was thinking about when she wore that. And Gambit being Gambit replies that he knows what he was thinking, but it’s not suitable for general audiences.
Thanks to the emotional scenes, and further exploring each character’s back story, this is one of my favorite comics so far of 2018. Not only does the story expand on an older tale, but it makes you realize why Rogue and Gambit love each other despite everything that’s happened.
Along with Tom Taylor (All-New Wolverine, X=Men: Red), Kelly Thompson is doing something here that has been missing from X-Men comics for a long time: she’s making the stories count and mean something. And I’m loving every minute of it.
Rogue and Gambit #3 score: A