Comic Book Review: Rogue & Gambit (2018) #1 (of 5)

TitleRogue & Gambit (2018) #1 (of 5)
Publisher: Marvel
Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Pere Perez
Colorist: Frank D’Armata
Lettering: Joe Caramagna
Publication Date: January 3rd, 2018    
Publisher’s Summary: “Everybody’s favorite X-couple is reunited! And boy, are they not happy about that… Kitty Pryde must send Rogue and Gambit on an undercover mission to find a group of kidnapped mutants. What they discover on this mission will shock them. But will it also bring them closer together…? It’s a high-stakes adventure caper that only the two hottest X-Men can deliver! ”

Man, have I been waiting for this book… It’s been quite some time since I read anything X-Men, and when I saw that Gambit and Rogue were ‘getting’ together again I couldn’t resist but pick the book up to give it a try, and I am glad that I did.  Rogue & Gambit (2018) #1 is a fantastic comic book. This issue’s story is very straightforward and feels, to me, a guy who grew up watching the 90’s cartoon, authentic. The concept is fun and, knowing that things won’t end up being ass straightforward as they appear, intriguing.

Aside from being a beautiful book – thanks to Pere Perez and Frank D’Armata –  Rogue & Gambit (2018) #1 reads very well and is entertaining. Gambit and Rogue’s relationship has been rocky, to say the least, and by placing the two together in a book that is relatively simple, writer Kelly Thompson has the necessary space to emphasize the complexities of their relationship. Thompson accomplishes this via sharp dialogue and quick exchanges between the two that are equally as fun as they are revealing.

Pere Perez and Frank D’Armata, bravo! The first two-page spread found in this book caused my jaw to drop. The color and the detail and the impact of this spread is amazing. The rest of the book looks great as well, but this spread, man, it is beautiful.

Clearly, Rogue and Gambit’s relationship is in a good set of hands…

The Bottom Line

Rogue & Gambit (2018) #1 is a comic that longtime X-Men fans have been waiting for; not only does the book bring together Rogue and Gambit, but it also feels like the classic X-Men story that readers yearn for. Thompson’s dialogue work here is superb. Buy this comic.