Rogue & Gambit #1 from Marvel Comics by Kelly Thompson and Pere Perez brings everyone's favourite mutant couple together again to tackle their troubled relationship along with the latest mutant crisis that requires the X-Men's attention.
What Thompson and Perez bring in this issue is a really fun way to approach the story. It's something that feels very close to the setup for a classic romantic comedy adventure film. We have a couple whose relationship is not what it used to be, and they banter and bounce off each other as only a close couple really can. They get drawn into close quarters together, despite one wanting it more than the other, at the constant discussion of those around them. To surround all this amusing tough love melodrama, we have a scenario adding action and adventure that the couple may have to finally get over their own problems to resolve.
Perez does a great job of presenting our leads exactly as everyone likes to remember them: two of the hottest X-Men around, whose will-they-won't-they is palpable, even if they cannot physically connect themselves.
Thompson does a great job of wrapping up the setup and clarifying where Rogue and Gambit stand in their relationship, as well as the impending mutant mystery, in a way that is filled with intrigue and humour. It hooks readers on just what will happen to our favourite Southern lovebirds — who are not so much that anymore.
It's warm and witty, fun and fabulous, and makes for a fantastic hook to a new series. It already has me thinking Thompson would write a great X-Men team ongoing series, too — she knows exactly what the X-Men are all about, and that is soap opera superheroics.
Rogue & Gambit #1 is coming out in January, so you can start the cold winter days of the New Year with the hot action that this title looks set to bring, if this first issue is anything to go by.