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Subj: Re: Rogue & Gambit #2
Posted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 at 04:46:12 am EST (Viewed 32 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Rogue & Gambit #2
Posted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 at 08:44:45 pm EST (Viewed 33 times)

    "As I already noted that Gambit was joking, what I am beginning to wonder is that Kelly Thompson might be meaning it seriously in a "There's many a true word spoken in jest" kind of way."

    Maybe it helped that I heard an interview with her talking about Rogue and Gambit, but I'm of the opinion that she meant it in a jesting manner. She's a fan of how weirdly sleazy Gambit was in the TV series and wanted to channel that into her interpretation of those early days. I think Kelly wrote it appropriately. Also, something that was enlightening, is that the guy who wrote the The Pickup Artist is the same guy who wrote on those X-Men episodes...so that makes a lot of sense when it comes to Gambit being creepy weird.

Maybe it did not help that I read a few reviews written by fans who do not hide that they see Rogue/Remy as their OTP (One True Pair) or at any rate as a "classic" Marvel romance. I saw R/R in the 1990s as one of the most dysfunctional pairings in the X-mythos, maybe even the most dysfunctional one. And where I say "Remy probably genuinely loves Rogue, but that does not necessarily mean that they would good for each other or that she is obliged to love him back" (I keep getting flashes of Ralph Wiggum and Lisa Simpson about this), some of these people treat "Remy loves Rogue and Rogue loves Remy" as the premise on which they base their reflections.

I would also say that the retcon Kelly Thompson inserted into the Muir Island Saga is too "heavy" and problematic (mind control, the Shadow King) to really fit in with the light tone she is apparently aiming for. And I would say it hurt Gambit as a character, because even in the sequences set in the present his general attitude to the matter is insensitive and self-centred. I must say I liked him a lot better during Carey's XML run and after, when you saw him caring for Rogue's happiness and talking to her as a friend even when she became involved with Magneto and when she made no sign of returning to him after that romance ended.

Also I think this series as the 1990s R/R romance lays too much emphasis on Rogue not being able to control her power. Even in the 1990s there were many ways of overcoming this (Genoshan collars, the device Joseph built for Rogue, etc. etc.) and when Rogue and Gambit last broke up it was at a time when Rogue was in full control. Even these days it does not seem unsurmountable, vide the way Rogue absent-mindedly touched Johnny Storm skin to skin in Uncanny Avengers #28 (since this happened on no less than three panels I'm inclined to think this was no slip-up on the part of the artist).

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