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Abandoned Love: Remember When Gambit Went Blind?

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Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer while still acknowledging that the abandoned story DID still happen. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

This time around, based on a suggestion by reader Kosta, we look at the time that Gambit was blind (and gained precognitive abilities) for about five minutes…

After writing two extremely odd fill-in issues on New X-Men after Grant Morrison’s run ended (why were they called New X-Men? No good reason), Chuck Austen officially took over writing duties on the title, which went back to its original title, X-Men, with issue #157. In that issue, Austen introduced his new squad of X-Men led by Havok – Wolverine, Polaris, Rogue, Iceman, Juggernaut and Gambit.

In his first storyline (which involved Xorn, and is fodder for a future edition of Abandoned Love or Abandoned an’ Forsaked), the X-Men run afoul of a team of superpowered Chinese heroes in China. While clashing with them, Rogue hits one of them and accidentally causes one of their weapons to fire…



As you can see, things look bad for Gambit (“As you can see” and “things look bad” were not puns when I initially wrote them, but perhaps I should pretend that they were intentional!)…


The next two issues are all spent during the same fight, and we occasionally check in on Gambit and his blindness….


When that story finished and the X-Men returned to the United States, Gambit pulls a total dick move and acts like it is Rogue’s fault (like she knew hitting the Chinese guy would cause his weapon to fire and nick Gambit’s playing card and cause it to explode)…



Two issues later, Blind Gambit got a spotlight issue…


In it, we learn that Gambit actually has new powers! He can “see” the future…



That doesn’t help him much when he and Mindee (one of the Stepford Cuckoos) are attacked by Sabretooth, so he has to literally fight blind…






We check back in with him and Mindee the next issue…


And that, as it turns out, was the extent of Chuck Austen’s run on the title. Just two four-issue story arcs.

The next issue is a fill-in by Chris Claremont (by the way, all of these issues were drawn by Salvador Larroca and Danny Miki). He re-establishes Gambit’s blindness…



Only to have, out of nowhere, Sage gives Gambit his eyesight back…



Peter Milligan took over the next issue and that, as they say, was that.

That’s one quick abandoned story.

Thanks to Kosta for the suggestion! If YOU have a suggestion for an abandoned story, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com