SDCC 2012: James Asmus Launches Gambit
This news caught my attention, because as a teenager Gambit was one of my favorite characters.
Then some big brain decided that Gambit needed to be a lap-dog in the X-Men, even to the point where the X-Men got pissed at him and dumped in Antarctica without any clothes.
He turned up a few issues later, holding no anger or resentment towards Rogue and the X-Men, and it was business as usual.
This is where I stopped caring about Gambit. In his previous solo series of 1999, he was the king of thieves and interacted in the wider Marvel Universe. But in the X-Men books he was weak at best.
So that’s my love/hate relationship with Rémy LeBeau.
So when news of another ongoing series reached me, I did what every red-blooded, comic book nerd would do: I reached out to the Twitter-verse:
I was hoping that some of the SDCC goers could let me know a little about what to expect. What I didn’t expect was a response from James Asmus himself:
Could it be that I can expect the same Gambit I loved as a teen? Unrestricted by his silly little spot on the X-Men? Unleashed from his ridiculous, Twilight-esque relationship with Rogue? I hope so.
This is enough for me to try out Gambit #1, which hits comic book stores around the world on August 8th. Watch this space, because you’ll be hearing my thoughts.