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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!
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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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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!
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on 1 July 2013
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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on 4 May 2015
Excellent!
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on 8 July 2013
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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