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Review – Gambit #2

Writer: James Asmus
Pencils: Clay Mann
Inks: Seth Mann
Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letters: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover by: Mann & Rosenberg
Published by: Marvel Comics

Gambit has stirred a hornets nest, the nest belonging to the money man Borya Cich who has his hands in numerous super villain attacks and plots. Using his current job at the Jean Grey School to sneak into the gala and play around in the riches and depot hidden away he quickly finds himself knee-deep in the heat. Thanks to a quick save from someone enamored with his charm he’s able to break away but the he stays on him. Did I mention he also managed to activate an ancient relic that buried itself in him? Yeah he managed to do that as well.

Gambit #2 “Can’t shake you loose” continues right from the path, he’s trying to figure out what this thing is and how to get rid of it and any option feels like a good start to him. Unfortunately, all roads really do lead to Cich so his future is going get an extra dash of difficulty trying to track down the origins and how to get rid of it before it gets rid of him. The issue is filled with snooping and thievery and Remy running into a familiar face in one of the most inconvenient times possible. Sounds like a wonderful trek right?

Gambit brings his passion for pretty things, messing with the bad guys and swooning the women to the table. It’s entertaining and action packed while retaining elements we’re used to seeing in current X-Men franchises right now. For X-Men fans hoping to see Gambit knee-deep in only trouble he can find, the series is gearing up to deliver on that expectation. Hang in for a few more issues and I think we’ll see some intense moments for our Cajun.

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 
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Review – Gambit #1 – Once a Thief… Part 1 (2012)

Writer: James Asmus
Pencils: Clay Mann
Inks: Seth Mann
Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letters: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: Clay Mann, Seth Mann and Rachelle Rosenberg
Variant Cover: Chris Bachalo
Published by: Marvel Comics

Gambit is a lot of things in the Marvel world, a suave personality, an explosive expert using anything he can charge and a member of the X-Men. While all of these things are handy and good-natured, he still has his own past that lingers on for him. Back from his youth days in New Orleans.

The new 2012 series for Gambit takes a look at this side story much like we see a break with Hawkeye from the spectacular super missions. In the case of Gambit, he’s not always one to be on the up and up and often temptation takes him to places he shouldn’t tread. Once a Thief touches on this as the opening arc for the series, we see an unwinding Gambit blow off a little steam and ponder a bit of mischief as he throws into question all the things he has become over the years. Eager to find a little play he steps out on his own to paint the town red… well a home on a lot the size of a small town at least.

Once a Thief part 1 takes us into the mind state of Gambit, we see his roots show through after years of fighting for the greater good and trying to set an example to the new generations. A popular question he asks to himself is what really is the costume in his life, the outfit or the face he puts on when he goes to fight evil and represent the X-Men? We see an answer to that hidden in the trickster behavior that he plays out through the book, he’s a bit of both and he’s using his lessons and experiences to channel his past occupational skills against those who he feels deserve it.

Gambit 2012 is a fresh take on the character, instead of talking about romances with Rogue and just making it a branch of the X-Men family it comes into its own. Unfortunately what he hasn’t learned is to expect the unexpected and it seems Parts 2 and 3 will get a bit of extra flavor due to his antics in this opening issue.

Release Date: August 8, 2012

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 
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Marvel teases Gambit announcement for C2E2 this weekend

Going to C2E2 this weekend? Catch a special event from Marvel centered around Gambit, the news goes out on Sunday April 15th during their “Next Big Thing” panel at 11AM during the show,  for those who can’t make it the news will also be available from Marvel as the show rolls along. If you feel you can wait just a moment, we’ll be following their updates and posting them as they break during c2E2.

The only detail we have is just the date attached to the announcement, August 2012.

Link: Marvel News

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