Gambit's been a busy thief. Along with his companion and rival thief Joelle, Remy LeBeau set out to rescue Joelle's dying daughter, racing the villainous Tombstone to a hidden outpost run by Baron Von Strucker that supposedly unlocked the secrets of life and death. Unfortunately, the base was full of genetically engineered Hydra monsters, and the duo narrowly escaped with Hydra's secret-of-life formula that may not be what it seems.
With an appearance by Gambit's ex-girlfriend Rogue on the horizon, X-Position caught up with "Gambit" writer James Asmus to answer your questions about the series' integration into the greater Marvel Universe, the future direction of the series and some unlikely team-ups both in and out of the Marvel U.
AgentFelix starts off this week's X-Position hoping for some more "Gambit" integration in the greater X-Men corner of the Marvel Universe.
Have loved the book so far. Excited by the Rogue teaser at the end of issue #10. Personally I'm a fan of X-Solo titles having familiar faces in the background (like the Gambit/Bishop/Rogue minis of 1993-1995). Any more plans to have elements of the X-Universe in the background of the story?
The book will stay pretty light on X-Men. But I'm always trying to keep in the nods and light ties to what's happening elsewhere. From the papers Gambit was grading in issue #1 to Rogue's new position with the (RoShamBo-playing) Avengers, I hope these help anchor the story for folks reading other titles without distracting or losing the people who don't.
Purplevit wants to know more about the villains going up against Gambit and is hoping for a few spoilers as to future plans.
1) I really liked such villains like Tombstone, Cich and every dialogue with Batroc the Leaper. Can you tease which villains you plan to use in the future?
At least one of those guys will be back in a few months! And if you want a tease -- issue #14 is going to pull in a pretty new villain created by Joe Casey.
2) You are going to break new ground for Gambit in issues 15, 16, 17. Any hints what it can be?
Gambit will be getting set up by someone who knows him. We'll see some characters who have been in the series so far, but also some important folks from Remy's past who haven't appeared in this run yet.
Sharp-eyed reader Neko has some questions about a cavity in the snow, a poster and Remy's interaction with the snowmobile in a recent issue.
In "Gambit" #10, it appears you were creative with Gambit's powers. Or he produces a ton of body heat to melt all that snow to the grass that Joelle and he were sleeping on. Was that an intentional show of his powers?
Ha! Between the two of them, they managed to melt a massive hole in the snow. Exactly how that happened might be best left to your imagination and your favorite fanfiction message boards.
I noticed the Black Cat poster in the apartment in Gambit #10. Who's the fan, Fence or Remy?
That's Fence's place. I think Clay was having fun with the fans who knew I originally wanted to put Black Cat in the series. It makes perfect sense to me that Fence would dream of being Felicia's dealer, though.EXCLUSIVE: "Gambit" #11 art by Clay Mann