Rogue & Gambit #3
Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Pere Perez
Colorist: Frank D’Armata
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Review by Greg Brothers
In the first two issues of Rogue & Gambit it has been reveal that indeed the island getaway is not what it seems. Instead of being a place for couples to work out their problems, they instead disappear. In addition, despite Rogue and Gambit seeming to uncover some of the islands secrets, the couple always seems to find themselves back in the office of the island’s marriage counselor. So, what is going on?
Rouge & Gambit #3 places them back seeing the couple’s counselor. After working through what happened in Antarctica they couple make their way back to their bungalow. Here they begin to realize that their days are running together and they vow to focus on the mission as Kitty sends them another place to investigate.
When a series continues to hit on all cylinders like Rogue & Gambit, it is hard not to just repeat yourself with the praise. Once again Thompson has been able to intertwine an original story with history that should delight newer and long-time fans alike. The throwback to Antarctica is a great reminder for fans of the complicated past that Rogue and Gambit have. The dialogue between Rogue and Gambit hits all the right notes of a couple with the history that these two have. It is familiar yet unfinished. The tension at times can be cut with a knife. It is not just the relationship that makes this book work. The story of missing mutants and losing memories is one that is both intriguing and a threat that is appropriate for the X-Men.
I know I have said it before, but I will say it again. Perez continues to draw Rogue and Gambit exactly as they should look. The square jaw of Gambit and the feminine and strong physique of Rogue are all there. We do not see a lot of Gambit’s powers being used, but where we do the colors and glow are familiar. The panel designs are engaging while providing ease of reading.
Verdict: Buy it.
There is a reason that Rogue & Gambit #2 sold better than issue #1. That is word of mouth of how good this series is. I have no doubt that Rogue & Gambit #3 will continue that upward trend as Thompson and the creative team are knocking this series out of the park. Thompson either did lots of research or is a serious fan. Either way, she has been able to take the past and blend it perfectly with the present in a way that is fun for longtime and new fans alike.