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Gambit - Volume 1: Once a Thief... (Marvel Now) [Paperback]

James Asmus , Clay Mann
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2 April 2013 Gambit (Book 1)
When Marvel's premiere thief sets his sights on his biggest score yet, he may just end up over his head. Desperately searching for a means to destroy the pilfered artifact that's cursed him, Gambit journeys deep into the Guatemalan jungles in search of a lost temple - but finds an ancient god-monster accidentally loosed on Earth. Then, coerced by a criminal mastermind, Gambit is sent to the United Kingdom to heist the greatest weapon in the history of man: Excalibur. Collecting: Gambit (2012) 1-7

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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel - US (2 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785165479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785165477
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 15.4 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mon dieu, eet steenks! 2 April 2014
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Gambit has his own Marvel NOW! series? They kept that quiet! But it’s true, there are 3 volumes of Remy Lebeau’s antics from James “Quantum and Woody” Asmus, and, after reading the first one, I can see why no-one’s talking about it. It’s Gambit repeatedly doing his rogueish thief thing while a bunch of two-dimensional characters take him through some unengaging storylines.

Gambit appears at a rich businessman’s private party to lift some expensive gear, just ‘cos he’s bored of being a teacher at the Jean Grey School, and meets a femme fatale who leads him on a bizarre journey into another realm, or something. The second and final storyline sees Gambit forced into working for the rich businessman to steal Excalibur - enter Pete Wisdom and MI13 (paranormal British intelligence agency).

James Asmus is doing great stuff over at Valiant but he can’t find a pulse with Gambit. I don’t think that’s entirely fault - Gambit simply isn’t a lead character who’s much better in an ensemble cast (like a lot of X-Men characters, Wolverine included). Asmus tries to give Remy a personality but besides the raffish ‘tude and occasional dips into French (oh-ho-ho mon ami!), there isn’t much to him.

None of the supporting cast, from the generic evil businessguy to the bad girl with the rad ink and everyone in between, are particularly interesting either, so there’s no-one here to really become invested in. The first storyline didn’t make sense in where it headed while the second was easier to follow but still wasn’t very enthralling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars To catch a thief... 1 July 2013
By Boris
Format:Paperback
In the 90s Gambit was the most popular mutant next to Wolverine. It is a paradox that although the X-Men together with Spider-Man are the most popular franchise of Marvel Comics none other than Wolverine ever succeeded in a solo book. Gambit had 4 limited series that all failed, and while I am writing this Marvel has announced that this fifth incarnation will be cancelled with #17. What a shame! James Asmus, rising writing talent offers a fast paced mystery story that brings Remy LeBeau back to his roots as a thief. He throws in some Indiana Jones mystery elements, and what you get is a rather entertaining story that ends with a cliff hanger. The story falls into two parts, also recognizable by a change of artists. Four pencilers and half a dozen inkers have contributed to this paperback, nevertheless the art is less inconsistent than you might expect (maybe because of only colorist Rachelle Rosenberg). If you are a fan of Pete Wisdom and MI 13, do not look further, you find them here. This volume collects #1-7 of the latest Gambit series, two more volumes yet to come collecting #8-12 and #13-17. Pencils are by Clay Mann and Diogenes Neves as lead artists. What I would complain about a little is that in the Mann parts there is more nude female skin than really supports the story (in the jungle, mind you, and the woman has arachnophobia!). But all in all it is a fun book with intelligent writing, the two following volumes are in my personal pipeline. Recommendation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining adventure story 26 Dec 2013
By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The story running through issues #1-7 of Marvel Now's new Gambit title is collected as Gambit - Volume 1: Once a Thief... (Marvel Now). Is an entertaining if lightweight adventure story that could easily have been a Wolverine story, or featured almost any other minorish character. However, it is entertaining, with good scripting and artwork, but nothing to make it a truly memorable or groundbreaking story - which is not a bad thing in itself, for, as the saying goes, if you eat a banquet every day, you soon get bloated.

The first four-part story is a Lara Croft adventure - quite literally, as the adventuress that Gambit teams up with dresses just like her, and they end up looking for a lost city of the ancients in Guatemala, both for their own reasons, having met while attempting to loot the private treasures of an eastern European gang boss, and now require something from the lost city to fix their respective problems. It has rather a spectacular ending with ancient gods and interdimensional portals and the like.

The second story - issues #4 to #7 - sees the aforementioned eastern European crime lord recruiting an moderately unwilling Gambit to steal some advanced technology, Excalibur (from the middle of a ceremony in Buckingham Palace), which also brings the wrath of MI13 to bear, ending in a double or possibly triple cross in the bowels of the MI13 armoury, with a spectacular finale worthy of a James Bond film.

As I said above, these are entertaining if lightweight adventure stories, with good scripting, characterisation and artwork. If you are a fan of Gambit, then you will probably think it deserves more stars; however, he is relatively unknown to me, as our paths have seldom crossed in my many years of comic reading. I enjoyed it, but that is about it.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i REALLY LIKED IT 8 July 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
WHAT CAN I SAY THIS BOOK REALLY SURPRISED ME.
IT WAS A VERY GOOD FUN READ
GREAT CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT FOR GAMBIT
FUN EASY TO READ STORY
GREAT SIDE KICK CHARACTER FOR GAMBIT
IT WAS JUST COOL TO READ
OH AND REALLY NICE ARTWORK THAT HELPED YOU ENGAGE WITH THE STORY
IT IS A GREAT SHAME THAT THEY WILL BE STOPPING THIS SERIES ON #17 BUT I WOULD DEFIANTLY RECOMMEND PICKING THIS UP
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Acceptable first volume 7 April 2013
By 1AnimeFan - Published on Amazon.com
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SPOILERS

To get his mind off of Rogue and his work at Wolverine's school, Gambit decides to get back in the thieving game by robbing Borya Cich, an alleged bankroller of supervillains and collector of rare and mystical artifacts. While attending a party at Cich's house, he manages to steal some kind of antiquity which turns out to be a parasitic organism that embeds itself in his chest.

While searching for information about the organism, he runs into a woman he met at Cich's party; it turns out the organism is 1 of 2, and its pair is likely in Guatemala. If she can get both, she could end up with the power of the gods. As Gambit just wants the thing out of his chest, they decide to team up.

In Guatemala, Gambit and the woman (who refuses to give him her name) end up in a pit with alien technology. Suddenly, a portal to another dimension opens and out pops giant flying snakes, capturing the woman and leading Gambit to chase her into the other dimension.

Eventually, Gambit returns to New York only to be captured by Cich, who forces him to commit robberies to repay him for the earlier theft. The first robbery is at a European tech firm; while this robbery goes as planned, it gets the attention of Peter Wisdom and MI13. This is not a good thing, as Cich's next mission is to steal the sword Excalibur, currently in London.

I would probably give this volume 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4. The story really gets off track with the alien world topic, and there are more questions than answers. The alien organism embedded in his chest seems to be draining Gambit of his life force, but at times it gives him bursts of strength. And there are many unknowns surrounding the mysterious woman Gambit teams up with. However, I recognize this is the first volume, and that James Asmus may be setting up future storylines, so I'll stick with 4 stars. I did enjoy seeing Peter Wisdom again, and some other characters from "Captain Britain and MI13", another series I really enjoyed.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars To catch a thief... 1 July 2013
By Boris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In the 90s Gambit was the most popular mutant next to Wolverine. It is a paradox that although the X-Men together with Spider-Man are the most popular franchise of Marvel Comics none other than Wolverine ever succeeded in a solo book. Gambit had 4 limited series that all failed, and while I am writing this Marvel has announced that this fifth incarnation will be cancelled with #17. What a shame! James Asmus, rising writing talent offers a fast paced mystery story that brings Remy LeBeau back to his roots as a thief. He throws in some Indiana Jones mystery elements, and what you get is a rather entertaining story that ends with a cliff hanger. The story falls into two parts, also recognizable by a change of artists. Four pencilers and half a dozen inkers have contributed to this paperback, nevertheless the art is less inconsistent than you might expect (maybe because of only colorist Rachelle Rosenberg). If you are a fan of Pete Wisdom and MI 13, do not look further, you find them here. This volume collects #1-7 of the latest Gambit series, two more volumes yet to come collecting #8-12 and #13-17. Pencils are by Clay Mann and Diogenes Neves as lead artists. What I would complain about a little is that in the Mann parts there is more nude female skin than really supports the story (in the jungle, mind you, and the woman has arachnophobia!). But all in all it is a fun book with intelligent writing, the two following volumes are in my personal pipeline. Recommendation.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Making Gambit Fun Again 13 Oct 2013
By D. J. Foster - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Yes, I am aware that this review may be somewhat biased, seeing as how Gambit is my favorite comic character, but I think that would also entitle me to be more critical of any new ongoing he stars in.

This series debuted a week after the new Hawkeye ongoing series, and while they both got grouped together in several previews and reviews, due to similarities in the nature of the characters (womanizing, reformed villain-types who have impeccable aim), it was obvious the Hawkeye series would continue to garner more attention, what with the Avengers film and the fact that it was being created by two superstars. Gambit's series continued to fly under the radar, and I never read or heard much about it on comic sits after that. James Asmus had a lot of pre-launch interviews where he claimed he was going to get Gambit away from his typical haunts and friends, and not take him anywhere near New Orleans or other mutants - just see what he does when he's away from the team and the school (oddly enough, a similar premise behind Hawkeye's book). I'm happy to say he follows through on his promises.

Right from the outset, the book carries a sense of humor about itself - the first words are Gambit's thoughts joking about how he can pull off a pink costume - and throughout these first seven issues, it sustains Gambit's devil-may-care attitude. Asmus seems intent on making sure this is truly a Gambit solo book. There are no cameos by other X-Men (Pete Wisdom pops up, but more on that in a moment), all the villains he faces are new creations, yet feel organic, as if they've been here all along, and he never once wears his trademark costume. He just starts out for a little thieving fun, and the next several issues are dealing with the fallout from it.
Clay Mann's art is nice, though at times it did tend to get a little confusing on what action was taking place. Regardless, I'm glad to see a competent artist being given this book.

While the first few issues definitely worked better having been read in trade format, it was the re-appearance of Pete Wisdom that totally sold me on this series monthly. Wisdom has been another favorite character of mine. When he was created by Warren Ellis back in the days of his run on Excalibur, he immediately felt to me like a British version of Gambit, though a bit more of a bastard (I even recall an issue of X-Men where Gambit returns after some time away, and Kitty Pryde isn't a fan - Wolverine quips that maybe it's because he reminds her of a certain old British flame, referring to her relationship with Wisdom). His "hot knives" powers were pretty cool, and he refused to wear any spandex costume, just sticking to a simple black suit. How it took this long for the two characters to finally meet is beyond me, but it worked out just as I'd hoped (and glad to see they'll meet up again soon in the series). Bonus points for Pete's aside about wanting to sic' a Sentinel on Gambit, "...and maybe that sanctimonious tin Russian".

Asmus and company do a great job of making this attempt at a solo series unique (the last series was set heavily in New Orleans, had Bella Donna and Rogue all over it, and featured a Wolverine appearance by issue #5), and it's a shame it recently ended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mon dieu, eet steenks! 2 April 2014
By Sam Quixote - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Gambit has his own Marvel NOW! series? They kept that quiet! But it’s true, there are 3 volumes of Remy Lebeau’s antics from James “Quantum and Woody” Asmus, and, after reading the first one, I can see why no-one’s talking about it. It’s Gambit repeatedly doing his rogueish thief thing while a bunch of two-dimensional characters take him through some unengaging storylines.

Gambit appears at a rich businessman’s private party to lift some expensive gear, just ‘cos he’s bored of being a teacher at the Jean Grey School, and meets a femme fatale who leads him on a bizarre journey into another realm, or something. The second and final storyline sees Gambit forced into working for the rich businessman to steal Excalibur - enter Pete Wisdom and MI13 (paranormal British intelligence agency).

James Asmus is doing great stuff over at Valiant but he can’t find a pulse with Gambit. I don’t think that’s entirely fault - Gambit simply isn’t a lead character who’s much better in an ensemble cast (like a lot of X-Men characters, Wolverine included). Asmus tries to give Remy a personality but besides the raffish ‘tude and occasional dips into French (oh-ho-ho mon ami!), there isn’t much to him.

None of the supporting cast, from the generic evil businessguy to the bad girl with the rad ink and everyone in between, are particularly interesting either, so there’s no-one here to really become invested in. The first storyline didn’t make sense in where it headed while the second was easier to follow but still wasn’t very enthralling.

My default mood when reading Gambit was basically unattached boredom, occasionally rising to mild interest (like when Gambit’s thrown out of a plane with his arms and legs tied and has to figure out how to survive), but its not enough to recommend and definitely didn’t interest me in wanting to pick up volumes 2 and 3.

It looks like Marvel are giving every single character they’ve got a shot at their own series which sometimes works - take Magneto, Loki and the forthcoming Doop series which I’m sure will be mega-awesome - but in the case of Gambit, it’s a gamble that didn’t pay off. Au revoir, Remy and your weird hot-pink attire!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good character gets his due. 26 Dec 2013
By my - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The story is good and fast paced. The art work is amazing.
So, as a volume one of a series this holds up very well.

Personally, I have always enjoyed the Gambit character.
He is sort of like Wolverine without all the guilt.

I read muder mysteries mainly, with some odd horror and true crime books thrown in the mix.
I will read an occassional graphic novel. A lot of the time the story is not good, or the author can not
give the story the justice it deserves.

This edition has the writing and art work needed to bring the character to life.
I would recommend it. I have ordered the next volume.
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