Posts Tagged ‘Gambit’

Gambit #16 cover artWell hells freaking bells.

Marvel’s August solicitations have come out and here is what is listed for Gambit.

GAMBIT #16
JAMES ASMUS (W)
CLAY MANN (A/C)
• Who is Gambit’s friend Fence? How did they meet? And what secrets is he hiding?
• To save those dear to him, Gambit must attempt the impossible – and he’ll need all of his thieving skills to succeed!
• The past is gone but not forgotten in this explosive penultimate issue!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

Penultimate, i.e., second to last.

And Asmus has confirmed it.

This unfortunately comes as no surprise as Gambit had dropped below the 20k mark in sales according to April’s figures. I had predicted a little while go that at the rate Gambit was dropping he might be cancelled before he was legal to drive… with the series stopping at #17 I was pretty much on the mark, unfortunately.

Asmus really tried to get into the mind of Gambit in the beginning, showing he does know Gambit quite well, and really knows his ROMY, but it all came a little to late into the series for the casual reader. Not to mention Gambit has competition in the solo realm with the popular Hawkeye who is milking off the success of the movies (and I say that having several friends who only read Hawkeye now because they saw him in the Avengers movie). Still, it was a good run and let us pray other writers build on both Gambit’s expansion as a character and the building blocks Asmus put in place for a return to canon ROMY.

Unless I miss my guess, Gambit is only in Liu’s great run of Astonishing X-Men. He’s mentioned as a teacher at the school but is not actually utilized in Wolverine and the X-Men or any of the other titles which take place at least partially there. Hopefully he’ll be snatched up and given more face time, he’s just too good of a character to let wither away. Let’s hope the man gets his due.

Now, the only good thing about this cancellation… is maybe they can replace Remender with Asmus on Uncanny Avengers? A girl can dream, right?

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Review: Gambit #12

Gambit #12Defenestratin’ Hussy. I think that is my new phrase…

This issue of Gambit ends the long plot-arc of Joelle and just what her game is, so SPOILERS.

Now, I never much cared for her just in general, but now that she’s gone I can’t help but be a little pissed about it. I mean, I understand why she used the Zero Compound to off herself but it feels like so much of a cop-out and pointless.

Yes, she was sad and depressed that her daughter died and she couldn’t… but… did she not have grandchildren? No other legacies? And there was Gambit right there, okay, yeah, he kinda went into ROMY mode when Rogue came around (which actually makes this all the worse). Surely Gambit and/or Rogue weren’t so blind to see what she was about to do. I know that once she touched the liquid she was a goner but Gambit was right freaking there, he could have knocked the cannister out of her hand.

Maybe I’m a little oversensitive to the subject due to personal history but I really think that this wasn’t the best way to end things. I think it would have been stronger, both in story and in character, for Gambit (and maybe Rogue) try to help her more. Joelle could have been legitimately pulled out of Gambit’s life as she sought treatment for her depression and learned how to live… I’m sure Wolvie would be willing to sit her down and put her straight.

However, I can’t say that it was a bad ending, it wrapped itself up and was a legitimate conclusion (even if I think it was the wrong one), and the reactions of Gambit and Rogue afterwards were well done. You can see Gambit is hurting, even if he didn’t love Joelle he still failed to save her, plus he’s a bit lost himself right now. Rogue wants to do something but knows it’s all stuff Gambit has to handle on her own, lest he fall into the same comfort trap she was worried about falling into herself.

It’s all so freaking sad.

Curse you Asmus for all the FEELS.

Keep up the good work.

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Review: Gambit #11

Gambit #11ROMY! Okay, so there was a lot more to it than just that… but ROMY!

So, yeah, Rogue basically told Gambit in a round about way that she loves him… but there are several kinds of love out there and we know that she will always consider him her best friend so… yeah… I’m with Gambit, how rude of people to come and try to kill them when they are having a moment.

And Gambit, you are sssooooo lucky to be breathing after that little ‘I thought I was still dreaming… thought this would play out differently’ comment. You kinky, naughty boy…

As for Joelle, she’s apparently older than she looks, has some kind of weird death wish, and has complicated feelings for Gambit. Obviously she felt hurt when Gambit was able to just click with Rogue and also helped her fight… but then I’m kinda on Joelle side there cause he did just (probably) sleep with Joelle… even if Rogue is his one true love… that’s harsh man…

I do like that Asmus managed to get a cat-fight in but make it believable and not reducing to literally that, a bitchy cat-fight. Rogue’s personality is much better here than in Uncanny Avengers and you can tell she’s worried for her friend but not the stereotypical jealous ex type (though could have gone without Asmus actually having her say “Ah hate feeln’ like this. Like some kinda naggin’ caricature of a ex-girlfriend.” because if a character has to say that…).

Overall, the Romy in me very pleased, this is the kind of stuff that can help bridge that gap and bring these two back together in the future.

As a reader of this title… yeah, things just got a little more interesting…

p.s. Can we get Asmus put on Uncanny Avengers instead of Remender? Please? Pretty Please?

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Review: Gambit #10

Gambit #10Remy is a sucker for a damsel in distress… but that’s one of things we love about him.

This time him and Joelle head to the snowy Canadian northwest to find something that will help her save her daughter (if that’s not a lie as we learn later in the issue it very well could be). It’s nice though, seeing Gambit rob the facility and really having a great time doing it, he’s a thief at heart, always will be.

The dialogue in this issue is also pretty suburb. From Remy’s comment about almost becoming an architect by accident to how he apparently dreams about being in the Harry Potter universe (Remy, you are totally a Slytherin, sorry!).

Of course, this is the issue with the ‘big moment’ of Rogue coming back into Gambit’s life at the worse possible moment… that being waking him up while he had been sleeping with Joelle out in the woods after possibly (likely) having sex. I kinda like the look on Rogue’s face, she’s not angry, she’s not disappointed, she’s not happy, she’s more like “really? here? how impossibly cliché of you”.

I really REALLY hope that Asmus doesn’t play the ‘jealous x-girlfriend’ card in the next issue because while yes, I am all for the Romy, these two have been broken up for a long time and Rogue specifically told Remy she needed time to think on things, find herself, etc, and so she should totally not be surprised if Gambit took up with someone else, not when she hooked up with Mags. The only thing I can see working is her just being worried about Joelle’s questionable character, and if anything from a friends perspective.

Can’t wait for the next issue!

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sneakygambit…when you see the following article:

io9 – How science used a kiss on the hand to identify a thief

and you immediately think to yourself:

“Gambit is so screwed.”

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Review: Gambit #9

Gambit #9And here we have the best Gambit issue yet. I’m not even sure where to start it was so much fun.

First you have all the references… from fun poked at 90s era Gambit… to Gambit being called “tight pants” (Firefly reference or astute observation?).

Gambit pick-pockets a whole club without breaking a sweat.

Gambit’s damsel-in-distress-pathy (really need a good name for that) is in full force.

There is a plethora of quick and witty dialogue:

Mook#1: Hey–is that that X-Men guy…. Gambit?
Mook#2: Yes, and this may prove to be a curious case-study in this establishment’s policy on anti-heroes.
Mook#1: Pff, you nerd.

To top it all off, you have a cameo from Rogue which could have come straight out of a good fan fic. (This is a compliment btw.)

Joelle even graduates from annoying to mildly acceptable.

It feels like Asmus has really started to get a good handle on Gambit as a character and that is shining through the pages. It’s fun, it’s dangerous, it’s James Bond if he was a good ol’ Southern boy. If you know anyone who has stopped reading, tell them to pick up this issue and keep going, it just keeps getting better.

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Easter Egg: Gambit #8

Gambit #8 Easter Egg: Where's Waldo

Gambit #8 Easter Egg: Where’s Waldo?

Courtesy CBR. I admit, I didn’t notice this when I read it. I love it when artists put little things in the background.

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Hyperion's Rogue TouchAccording to CBR and an official press release, Marvel and Hyperion Books will be publishing two novels. One about She-Hulk, the other about Rogue.

“both novels showcase strong, smart heroines seeking happiness and love while battling cosmic evil.”

And while that is all said and good because you can never have to much Rogue imho, take a look at this blurb for Rogue Touch.

The second novel, Rogue Touch, features one of the most popular X-Men characters, Rogue, a young woman trying to navigate the challenges of everyday life and romance—except that her touch is deadly.  After accidentally putting her first boyfriend in a coma, she runs away from home where, she meets the handsome and otherworldly James and sparks fly. Like Rogue, however, James’ life is hardly simple. To elude his mysterious and dangerous family, James shaves his head, dons all black. Stealing a car, they head out on the highway and eventually, Rogue has to decide whether she will unleash her devastating powers in order to save the only man alive who seems to truly understand her.

Okay…

A) I know the idea of her putting Cody into a coma and running away is canon, but this blurb reads way to much like the start of many of Fan Fictions, like here and here, oh and this little naughty fan fic.

B) Check out this quote from Uncanny X-Men #337:

Gambit: So why’s everybody callin’ him “Joseph”? What is dat all about? … Maybe I should just start callin’ myself somethin’ different. James. “Gambit”? No, I’m James.

Need I say more?

UPDATE: This has come to my attention:

C) James… James Howlett? I doubt this is the same person from the book but considering his role in her life in the movie-verse it is worth mentioning.

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Newsarama – Rogue Returns to GAMBIT at the ‘Worst Possible Moment’
Asmus: In a serious way, I will say that I’ve had more female readers reach out to me over this book than anything else I’ve done. Even more so than Generation Hope, which is a largely female cast. This book really has some very vocal female readers, in a way that proves to me that this is a real audience for comics, and they’re being underserved.
One of those women being our very own Chellerbelle who has been giving Asmus reference assistance!

ComicBookMovie – Did Marc Webb Hint That THE  AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Sequel Is Part of the MCU? – everyone wants to rid the Avengers cash cow, but Spider-Man/Sony seem to have the best chance of actually making something work out.

CinemaBlend – James Franco Also Thinks The Amazing Spider-Man Wasn’t Original Enough
“Asked by MTV at Sundance what he thought about The Amazing Spider-Man, Franco didn’t exactly trash it, but he certainly didn’t mince words about the film that he too thought was a little too similar to the original Spider-Man.”

ComicBookMovie – Screenwriter Stu Zicherman On  The Disappointing ELEKTRA
“…it was supposed to be this gigantic movie and then they decide they’re not going  to make an $80M movie they’re going to make a $30M movie, they bring in a  director we didn’t know, you get fired, someone else comes in and rewrites the  entire movie but you still get credit because you wrote the first draft.  Then  you go to the premiere in Las Vegas and 30-seconds into the movie you’re like  oh, [frick].”

Newsarama – MAN OF STEEL Product Licenses Outpacing SUPERMAN RETURNS – a good sign

BleedingCool – Superman And The Law &
ComicBookMovie – DC Has Notes And Sketches For A  Replacement SUPERMAN In Case They Lose The Rights

ComicBookMovie – Empire’s official stills of The Wolverine and Thor: Dark World movies have been released sans text.

ComicBookMovie – J.J Abrams’ “Superman Flyby”  script hits the web – i need to set down and read this sometime

Toy News International – Best of Warner Bros. Superman TV Collection On DVD May 7

ComicBookNews – Robert Downey Jr. Explains How  IRON MAN 3 Utilizes China; Comments On IRON MAN 2 Flaws

ComicBookMovie – Chris Pine Shares His Thoughts  On J.J. Abrams Helming STAR WARS: EPISODE VII
Oh, and what are the odds of a cameo for Kirk in Star  Wars? “Now you’re really playing with fire,” he laughed. “I  wouldn’t say that even lightly.”

i09 – 12 Things That Ruined Superman

ComicBookMovie – Stephen Amell On The Success Of  ARROW

CinemaBlend – Read Harrison Ford’s Handwritten Raiders Of The Lost Ark Script Notes

CinemaBlend – Terence Stamp Reflects On The Misery Of Shooting Star Wars The Phantom Menace
“I didn’t rate him that much as a director, really,” he told the magazine. “I didn’t feel like he was a director of actors; he was more interested in stuff and effects. He didn’t interest me and I wouldn’t think I interested him.”

Marvel – Iron Man 3 Gets New Poster & Game Spot Teaser

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