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Review: Gambit #1

The “Ragin‘ Cajun” has once again been given a chance to fly solo. But does the second most popular X-Men character “explode” on the scene or fizzle like a water logged firecracker? 

Although fan favorite Clay Mann does an exceptional job rendering the suave, ladies man — it is not enough to bring anything new to the evolution of the Gambit character. Asmus‘ tech savvy Gambit, sans a few funny quips, is quite bland and comes off as a poor man’s James Bond. Charming women and conning crooks is the normal M.O., and that’s all we get from this tale — a repetitive look at the same ol‘ same ol‘! 

Asmus does do a fine job finding the voice of Gambit. The internal monologues are well crafted and gives us insight into how Mr. Lebeau feels regarding being a teacher, hero and “sometimes” boyfriend to Rogue. But, all of that fades as the action ramps up and the story falls back into mediocrity. The con, the gadgets, the showmanship — it just isn’t enough to make this a story that we haven’t seen a thousand times before. 

The tale is fun, if not for a lack of originality, but if you were looking for something more “explosive” in terms of story — you won’t find it here! Even the ending, both strange and surprising, doesn’t warrant a purchase of a second issue. Sorry, “Mon ami!”

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Review: X-Men Legacy #247

The facade has begun to crumble on the world of Age of X, but Carey’s epic tale still stands stronger than ever!

The penultimate issue of Carey and Mann’s thunderous take on an alternate reality for Marvel’s “Merry Mutants,” answers questions, while exposing the secrets that have been driving this tale from the very beginning. A certain Professor has awaken from his induced slumber and the true threat to the mutants of this world emerges from the shadows to lay waste to them all. Will our heroes be able to realize who they truly are before they cease to exist? Only Carey knows for sure, while the rest of us are forced to sit on the edge of our seats.

This has been one of the smartest X stories I have read in years. Although not too difficult to unravel the knots Carey strategically wove into his tale, it has been unique and intriguing with every turn of the page. He has made each character fresh and completely engrossing, as well as craft a complete world for them to interact in. Other writers have not accomplished that feat on books they have worked on for years, let alone in less than six issues. Mann’s art helps solidify Carey’s tale as one of the best collaborations in recent years. Not only a master of drawing beautiful physical forms, he crafts his own tale within Carey’s, that only helps to heighten the written word. This team has been a perfect match for such an engrossing story, and we the reader get to sit back and reap the rewards.

Revelations abound in this issue, ones that will have serious ramifications when our characters return to their proper place in their proper reality. Will the X heroes be able to stand together as a legion or be torn apart by one?  I can’t wait to see where Carey takes us from here!  

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