Top Five Greatest Rogue Moments

3. Rogue Protects Hope (X-Force #26)

This one is tough. I want to spotlight one of the times where Rogue absorbed a lot of powers. Those are awesome moments. The first famous example was Uncanny X-Men #194 (by Chris Claremont, John Romita Jr., Dan Green and Steve Leialoha)...

but that's not THAT cool.

Claremont had Sage allow Rogue to access ALL of her past powers to fight an alien invasion in X-Treme X-Men, but while that moment SOUNDS cool, it really didn't look that cool in the comic itself. Similarly, in a great moment in Mike Carey's X-Men, Rogue absorbed billions of alien minds to save the day. It was cool, but not THAT cool. More recently, she did some cool multiple power stuff in Uncanny Avengers, but while that was cool, it sort of loses a bit of coolness in the repetitiveness of it as a tactic.

I guess I'm going to go with her last-ditch attempts to save Hope's life from Bastion during Second Coming. Rogue was assigned as Hope's bodyguard in the storyline, where Bastion systematically removed all teleporters who could get Hope out of harm's way. Finally, in X-Force #26 (by Craig Kyle, Chris Yost, Mike Choi and Sonia Oback), he found Hope and Rogue, hopelessly outgunned by Bastion, still laid her life on the line...

Ultimately, it was Nightcrawler who then gave his life to save Hope against Bastion, but it was still a striking sequence for Rogue. But honestly, I sort of want this one to be a generic "Rogue absorbs multiple character's powers" spot. Because that's a classic Rogue thing.

2. Rogue Sacrifices Herself for Her Team (Uncanny X-Men #247)

Speaking of absorbing other people's powers, this classic Chris Claremont, Marc Silvestri and Dan Green story has Rogue make the ultimate sacrifice to stop Master Mold, while first using her powers in a brilliant fashion by dropping from the sky like a bullet (also, again, the FIRST time she tries these things is a bit more notable, ya know?)...

1. Rogue Proves Herself an X-Man (Uncanny X-Men #173)

Was there any doubt? Chris Claremont, Paul Smith and Bob Wiacek handled this tale, Rogue's first mission as an X-Man, where she and Wolverine fought together with the rest of the X-Men incapacitated. She then proves herself a hero to Wolverine in a brilliantly designed moment by Claremont and Smith...

That's the list! Agree? Disagree (come on, there are so many Rogue fans out there that I know y'all have some strong opinions)? Let me know!

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