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Oct. 18th, 2018


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Title: Mr. and Mrs. X (2018-) #4
Author: Kelly Thompson, Oscar Bazaldua (Illustrator), Terry Dodson (Illustrator)
Format: Epub
Rating: 4.9/5
Status: Finished
Reading Date: October 18, 2018
Book Summary: Undercover in the Shi’ar Empire! Rogue and Gambit must infiltrate the Shi’ar homeworld in order to save a precious package. But how are they going to wine and dine the Empire’s elite when its soldiers are hot on their trail?
Book Review: In our last issues, we found our newlyweds enjoying the beauty of outerspace when Kitty called them for a job. Of course, neither Rogue nor Gambit exactly knew what they would be getting into only this was important. Add Deadpool and an egg and you have a recipe for trouble.

And trouble it had become. Inside of the genetically-created egg was the child belonging to the late Queen of the Shi'Ar, Lilandra, and her consort, Charles Xavier. Rogue and Gambit know they have to protect Xandra as best as only they can but there is war raging between the Shi'Ar and those whom have taken over the throne once occupied by Lilandra.

Unfortunately the ship belonging to the newlyweds is attacked by the Shi'Ar whom are after the egg and unaware of what it really contains. Xandra reverts back to the egg during the attack and is taken by the Shi'Ar.

The newlyweds establish an alliance with Cerise whom sneaks them into the Empire to search for the egg. Unfortunately the two are captured but find a clever way to escape and seek out the egg. Xandra has concealed herself into the egg again and when Rogue finds her, she is happy to see them. The group flees Chandilar but find out their ship is damaged and land on Chandilar's moon. During this bit of downtime between the three of them, Xandra confesses she can alter Rogue's abilities. She found this idea while she had been connected to Gambit's mind. This causes a bit of a discourse between the newlyweds.

All of this is cut short when the Shi'Ar Imperial Guard arrives as does Deathbird's group and a fight ensues between them all.

I am not going to spoil that last bit of this issue so I will leave it at that. This series continues to be great. In fact, I have enjoyed Xandra's presence in this series. Her story and character has been an interesting addition to the story. It is just sad that she has become a pawn between those upon the Shi'Ar Throne and that of Lilandra's sister, Deathbird. I think that Lilandra and Charles would be proud of her and the way she has been able to handle herself in these situations and the way she has bonded not only with Cerise but also with Gambit and Rogue.

I am seriously looking forward to seeing the next issue in this series. :D

Oct. 8th, 2018


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Title: Mr. and Mrs. X (2018-) #3
Author: Kelly Thompson, Oscar Bazaldua (Illustrator), Terry Dodson (Illustrator)
Format: Epub
Rating: 4.8/5
Status: Finished
Reading Date: October 8, 2018
Book Summary: LOVE & MARRIAGE PART 3!
ROGUE and GAMBIT'S romantic getaway is but a faint memory as they're forced to team up with DEADPOOL to protect a dangerous and extremely valuable "package" when half the galaxy comes to claim it. What secrets does the package hold that the Imperial Guard and Deathbird (with an entire Shi'ar rebellion in tow!) will risk everything for? More importantly, can Rogue, Gambit, and Deadpool stop bickering long enough to win?
Book Review: In this issue, we finally see what is so important about the egg that Gambit and Rogue now have in their possession that everyone else is after.

Before we begin the discussion of the egg, we see the Shi'Ar power has shifted since the death of Lilandra. In her place, her once leader of the Imperial Guard has risen to power and rules over all. Gladiator is also interested in the egg and orders it be taken from Gambit and Rogue and brought before him.

Meanwhile, Rogue is less than happy with Kitty as she gives her an update. She is upset that Kitty did not tell her and Gambit that the thing they were after was an egg and in that egg contained the child belonging to Professor Charles Xavier and the late Queen Lilandra. The child, having mind linked with both Gambit and Rogue to learn about her parents, has decided to call herself Xandra.

About this time, Deathbird's ship appears and begins firing on them. Rogue sends Gambit and Deadpool to teleport to the ship while she tries to out maneuver their ship out of harm's way. Gambit and Deadpool head over to take down the Imperial soldiers. Beforehand, Gambit hands Wade his staff telling him not to kill anyone.

When the fight is over and they reach where Deathbird is at, she confesses the reason she wanted the egg was to have Lilandra's child at her side while trying back the throne from Gladiator. Gambit is not happy to hear how Deathbird is willing to use her own niece as a pawn in these games but Deathbird tells them that the Shi'Ar are at war. He also warns Deathbird to gather her soldiers and get out of here before tossing telekentic cards to destroy the ship.

When Gambit and Deadpool reappear back on the ship, Rogue decides that Wade is too much for them and places him on a planet to recover from his wounds. Of course, Deadpool is not entirely thrilled with the idea of being left behind like this but Rogue doesn't give him much of a choice in the matter.

Out of the blue, Nightside appears and takes Xandra, whom has reverted back into her egg form.

Cerise appears. She knows where they have taken Xandra but she is unable to go as the Shi'Ar are hunting her as well. She tells them that she has a strong connection to the egg since it had been in her possession prior to it falling into the hands of Gambit and Rogue. The newlyweds tell Cerise that no one other than she and Gambit have knowledge of what Xandra looks like outside of the egg.

Gambit and Rogue prepare to go on a rescue mission to retrieve and reflect on how this was not the honeymoon they wanted.

And at the end, we find the two have been captured.


I have been so far out of the loop with the X-Men universe that I had not even realized that Lilandra was gone and now the empire that she had fought so hard to regain control over during the Phoenix Saga is now gone and in the hands of one her Imperial Guards. Exactly the extent of how much of a big change the empire is going through hasn't been told but we are aware that there is a war going on for the throne and the answer lies within that egg. I can only surmise that whomever has control over that egg remains a control on the throne but I wonder if anyone (other than Deathbird and Cerise) have come to realize that Xandra is in that egg.

Then there is Deadpool. We know we have not quite seen the end of him since he seems to be quite to the interesting character. But what would Deadpool need with the egg? I mean what would be his reasoning. Okay he has a higher chance of being paid by the highest bidder, I get that, but what would be his purpose entirely in this mess. I suppose it has been fun seeing one of Rogue's exs in the mix of things much to Gambit's chagrin.

This series continues to be great fun and I love seeing how Gambit and Rogue continue to get in the thick of things. I am just sorry that they did not have a quiet honeymoon but then again do we really want them to? I cannot wait for the next issue!

Oct. 7th, 2018


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Title: Mr. and Mrs. X (2018-) #2
Author: Kelly Thompson Terry Dodson, Oscar Bazaldua (Illustrator)
Format: Epub
Rating: 4.9/5
Status: Finished
Reading Date: October 6, 2017
Book Summary: LOVE & MARRIAGE PART 2!
ROGUE and GAMBIT find themselves tasked with protecting a mysterious package that everyone in the galaxy suddenly seems to want. Why does everyone want this thing and WHAT exactly is it? Perhaps more importantly, is there anything worse than Deadpool crashing your honeymoon? Yes! There is something worse! TECHNET crashing too! Man your battle stations, people -- it's absolute honeymoon mayhem!
Book Review: In this issue Deadpool joins our favorite honeymooning couple as they navigate through space for a mission given to them by Kitty to retrieve a special item.

And what is so special about this item? No one really knows except it is shaped like an egg and worth mllions. Well, millions according to Deadpool whom has joined the hunt for the egg.

Now Rogue and Gambit have to not only hold off alien forces whom have come searching but now they have Wade Wilson to worry about. Unfortunately Gambit isn't quite happy about his appearance seeing as he is one of his wife's ex's.

Okay they are not entirely ex's. They have made out a few times but have never really dated but still Deadpool has come to add to the mix and this seems to make things awkward between Rogue and Gambit's honeymoon romance.

This series has become a lot of fun. One of my favorite pairings has finally walked down the isle and are now making their own way into the world as a power couple. Unfortunately for them they are now wrapped up in something they really have no idea is. The egg itself seems to be something everyone is after but there is no backstory about it so far. So why this egg is special isn't really revealed until the end.

This series continues to become one of the best X-titles that has managed to stand alone from other X-titles and allow Gambit and Rogue the chance to not only shine as individuals but also as a married couple.

Aug. 3rd, 2018


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Title: Mr. and Mrs. X (2018-) #1 (Mr. & Mrs. X #1)
Author: Kelly Thompson, Oscar Bazaldua (Illustrator), Terry Dodson (Illustrator)
Format: Epub
Rating: 5/5
Status: Finished
Reading Date: Auguest 3, 2018
Book Summary: LOVE & MARRIAGE PART 1! Straight from the pages of X-MEN GOLD...to the surprise of everyone, the Marvel Universe's hottest couple has finally tied the knot! In their extraordinary lives, they've faced nearly every challenge imaginable, but how will they fare against former flames making trouble? An entire galaxy in jeopardy? You want it? We got it, as Kelly Thompson (HAWKEYE, ROGUE & GAMBIT) and Oscar Bazaldua (SPIDER-MAN, STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE) bring you the tantalizing tale of a modern marriage...X-MEN STYLE!
Book Review: This was me when I found out Gambit and Rogue married:



What was suppose to be the most anticipated wedding in the X-Men universe ended up being a wedding of a totally different kind.

In X-Men Gold Issue #30, Kitty has gotten cold feet and decided that it best she and Colossus not marry, leaving guests confused by what had just happened. Of course, Gambit sees this as a blessing for him and he gets down on one knee to ask Rogue to marry him.

This first issue of this series offers you an insight into exactly what prevailed just before Gambit and Rogue said their vows. You get sweet moments between friends as they prepare for

This issue was so worth being picked up and I am happy I did. I love Gambit and Rogue and they are one of the biggest reasons I have returned to the Marvel universe. Otherwise I would probably be dabbling in DC comics for awhile.

This issue is really worth picked up. There isn't a lot of action. Mostly a large portion of a backstory of the wedding before we find them in space enjoying a honeymoon. That is until they find the Imperial Guards at their door. Throw in Deadpool and you have a recipe for disaster about to come from this

....And I cannot wait for what happens next!

May. 12th, 2018


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Title: Rogue & Gambit #5 (Rogue & Gambit #5)
Author: Kelly Thompson, Pere Pérez (Illustrator), Kris Anka (Illustrator)
Format: Epub
Rating: 4.9/5
Status: Finished
Reading Date: May 12, 2018
Book Summary: It's ROGUE and GAMBIT vs. LAVISH for all the marbles (nobody cares about marbles anymore, but it's still a great saying, just go with it)! The stakes in Paraíso couldn't be higher — the fates of innocent mutants, Rogue and Gambit, AND the hottest relationship in the Marvel Universe — all hang in the balance! Does being together make Rogue & Gambit unstoppable? Or does it doom their mission and everyone they're trying to save? When the dust settles WHO and WHAT will be left standing?
Book Review: This issue pretty much picks up right where our last one left off.

Gambit and Rogue are fighting off various versions of themselves and in doing so, they are regaining the memories that have been inputted into these clones.



When Dr Grand appears, Rogue realizes that it is she whom is the golem copy and proceeds to destroy her. It is during this moment as Rogue absorbs the memories of the golem she learns that Dr. Grand lost control of her powers and split them, thus creating Lavish. The clone now known as Lavish convinces Dr. Grand that in order to become more powerful, they will need to create new vessels to house that power in.

With Lavish's power now encased within her own body, Rogue gets a boast in powers to her own. When Lavish appears, she orders the mutants in her presence to attack Rogue and Gambit but Rogue manages to absorb all the powers of the mutants in one single move.

When Rogue has absorbed all the powers of the other mutants and becomes a hybrid of sorts, she doesn't wait for Lavish to attack her on her own but Rogue takes matters into her own hands, destroying the golem known as Lavish.

Lavish gone; Rogue freaks out about having all these powers she has no idea of how to control. It is Gambit whom steps up to calm Rogue now and makes her focus on those powers she has absorbed from the others so that she will be ready to return each of them to their rightful owner.



The two of them share a kiss, remembering all the kisses that the two shared between them.

Gambit and Rogue set off to the find the other mutants that had their powers removed and Rogue sets about returning the powers she had absorbed to the right people. Later as the inhabitants of the island board the Blackbird, one of the mutants named Theo thanks Rogue for returning their powers to them. Rogue asks Theo if he is still contemplating having his powers removed. Theo answers that he may had once considered it but now he doesn't anymore.

With it appearing that everyone has gone back to their lives, Rogue sets off to find Gambit where she apologizes to him for the times she has ran away from them. Although she knows that there will never be a perfect time or moment for them, she still wants to give it a try. Gambit and Rogue kiss again.

When their kiss finishes, Gambit inquires if Rogue likes cats and she answers that she loves them. He then asks her if she would like to try to later to access Lavish's power and Rogue agrees.


This was a perfect ending to a great limited series. I am quite looking forward to seeing which direction this takes our couple and I am hoping that finally they will have some semblance to normacly.

Okay as normal as normal is with the X-Men.

I am glad I was able to get a hold of this series. It was definitely worth the read and fun to watch Gambit and Rogue go through couples' therapy.

This series will definitely be on my recommendation list to those whom are fans of the pair just as I am.

Apr. 7th, 2018


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Title: Rogue & Gambit (2018) #4 (of 5)
Author: Kelly Thompson, Pere Pérez (Illustrator), Kris Anka (Illustrator)
Format: Epub
Rating: 4.95/5
Status: Finished
Reading Date: April 7 2018
Book Summary: It's ROGUE versus GAMBIT in a BATTLE ROYALE the likes of which you've never seen before! But when saving the day means letting go of everything you just fell in love with all over again, can Rogue and Gambit do what must be done?! Making out! Memory loss! Power swapping! Witty banter! Emotional manipulation! Monologuing Big Bads! Doppelganger Golem Clones! You want it? We got it!
Book Review: This issue pretty much picks up where the last issue has ended.

While pretending to be a couple in need of therapy, Gambit and Rogue have infiltrated an island where mutants have seem to be going missing. On top of all, their mutant abilities are dimishing here and they have been attacked by clones of them from different periods of their lives. Now the two are once more strapped to table and there are two clones hovering over to their side while a woman named Lavish stands over them, ready to take another round of memories from them and seal them into the clones.



Gambit, on the other hand, is not want to take any of this laying down and he he has already begun to free himself and Rogue from the binds that keep them from doing what they came for. While Lavish has been hit by the blinding light of Gambit's power, he frees the two of them.

Lavish, on the other hand, orders that she be brought a mutant...one that has the ability to heal. When the mutant (clone?) arrives, Lavish destroys him and finds uses his powers to heal the damage that Gambit's power had done to her.

As Gambit and Rogue use this momentum to escape, they find their clones being directed towards them. The two of them go head to head against them as each of them take one out, a memory of something shared between them is restored.

But the worse thing is that their powers have been switched. Despite all of this, the two share a tender moment together. Rogue is troubled that once their memories are restored that the this that they have shared between them will be nothing short of as part of their mission and the two will end up going their separate ways. Of course, Gambit is able to ease any doubts plaguing her mind and the two share a kiss.



This seems to restore the faith in Rogue and the two are ready more than ever to take on their clones, whom are waiting viciously outside the window of the office room they were hiding in.



So what does this mean now for Gambit and Rogue? It is apparent from this series that there has been a lot of baggage between them that has made their relationship rather tumultuous over the years. It is apparent during these couple therapies that the two had a lot to unwind between them and did so.

But does this repair any sort of their relationship? It is with high hopes that it does. Gambit and Rogue's history together has always been filled with uncertainities, insecurities, and problems but the two always seem to gravitate back toward each other regardless of their past history.

Here in this series you can see that neither has gotten over the other and that their love is still there for each other and the chemistry they have shared seems to only get stronger with each moment they are together.

Gambit and Rogue have always been my favorite couple and seeing them together has made this series a clear favorite of mine. I am hoping that this series will be the beginning of a healing between them and perhaps even something more. Unfortunately I am quite aware that is usually not always the case between them and something will manage to get between them.

Still this series is a fun start and if you are looking to see to watch the couple in action, then this is a series you should check out.

Mar. 10th, 2018


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Title: Rogue & Gambit (2018) #3 (of 5)
Author: Kelly Thompson, Pere Pérez (Illustrator), Kris Anka (Illustrator)
Format: Epub
Rating: 4.5/5
Status: Finished
Reading Date: March 9, 2018 to March 10, 2018
Book Summary: ROGUE and GAMBIT are enjoying this mission in paradise more than anyone expected, but is the actual mission getting lost in the process? When things are this sexy, does it really matter? Yes, yes, of course it does. PROBABLY. Who or what is LAVISH? And can Rogue and Gambit escape its grasp? Do they even want to
Book Review: In this issue we find Gambit and Rogue once more in couples' therapy.



Although there seems to be some progress between them during these sessions, we finally see what actually keeps them apart - trust. With their history so wide between them, Gambit and Rogue see Antarctica as the one place where their issue seems to come from the most.



They let the doctor believe that they have somehow have made a break through with their history now laid out between them and even head out holding hands but does this really settle the issues of their history? For now, it seems to have and the two of them head off to take a dip in the water.



Despite the fact that the dip was enjoyable, Gambit and Rogue still have a mission the two need to work on as well and the two begin to snoop.

And what they find is interesting but before either of them have a chance to figure out what it means, their clones begin to attack them. Of course, this is just what Gambit and Rogue need - a chance to vent out on each other and they take on the clones of each other. Unfortunately for them, they don't even a chance to enjoy their victory or catch their breaths before they are faced with something else.

Seeing Gambit and Rogue in couples' therapy is really interesting and even coming to admit what exactly has been keeping the two of them away from each other. I haven't been in the X-Universe for a very long time and I was sad to see what it was exactly that ended their relationship. I am hoping to see that this heals both of them despite the fact it is also a mission but the question remains: what does it mean for them once it ends? Will this simply be pushed to the back or will it give the two just enough of a push to try again? Now I would love to know the answer to this but we still have two more issues before we get that answer.

This issue has given justice to the relationship between Gambit and Rogue and we are given brief flashbacks about them. It is a nice touch to see how things have changed and what changed them. I am really looking forward to seeing how this continues to be fleshed out.

Feb. 8th, 2018


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Title: Rogue & Gambit (2018) #2 (of 5)
Author: Kelly Thompson, Pere Pérez (Illustrator), Kris Anka (Illustrator)
Format: Epub
Rating: 4.25/5
Status: Finished
Reading Date: February 8, 2018
Book Summary: ROGUE and GAMBIT dig deep into their past in "therapy" to maintain their cover, all the while snooping around after hours for clues about missing mutants. Will what they unearth about themselves in this "paradise" mean curtains for their relationship or bring them closer than ever? And what discovery straight out of a horror movie has ROGUE and GAMBIT wishing they'd never agreed to this mission in the first place?!
Book Review: This issue picks up right where the last left off.

Gambit and Rogue are less than pleased to be treated like lab rats when they are released from the lab. Of course, Dr Grand apologizes and uses the excuse they were trying to map their brain's patterns in order to set sail for the next course in the therapy.



Unfortunately a can of worms is opened when asked to begin their therapy with both of them flinging accusations from the past at each other.





The poor therapist seems to be overwhelmed by all of this that she halts it and decides to start a bit smaller - with their first meeting. Of course, Gambit and Rogue have different ideas on how they met. So they decide upon one - the whole Shadow King fiasco. We get a glimpse of this past meeting between the two but the story ends with Gambit's thoughts on the meeting and how Rogue has always fled from him.

The story changes and we find Gambit and Rogue up in an air duct trying to figure out exactly what is going on with the missing mutants of the island. Of course, the two do agree that this therapy is much better than any one set up by Emma Frost. But the two go back to the Shadow King story and we find that there was much more between them that even ends with the two locking lips with each other.

Of course it is a memory Rogue doesn't want to remember. Gambit, on the other hand, believes it was love at first sight where he thinks Rogue sees it as nothing more than being mind controlled. Regardless, Rogue wants the memory to be theirs and theirs alone forever and before Gambit can make any reply, they are interrupted by a group of mutants who tell them they are not suppose to be there. The two of them are attacked and a fight ensues that sends the two of them through a wall and right into a place where there a several mutants that seem to be hooked up to something.

And lookie what we find! Our villian named Lavish!


Ah Gambit and Rogue, how much I have missed the two of you together. There is always humor between you two but also an attraction that will never go away no matter who other writers and artists tend to hook you up with. This was a fun read and watching Gambit and Rogue fight over their first meeting was fun. I sort of felt sorry for Dr Grand because even she has no idea exactly how much of a history Gambit and Rogue have. Their history has gone through so much change throughout the years that it can be hard to decide exactly when the two really met. Still I loved this issue and I am quite looking forward to seeing how this plays out.

Jan. 6th, 2018


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Title: Rogue & Gambit (2018) #1 (of 5)
Author: Kelly Thompson, Pere Pérez (Illustrator), Kris Anka (Illustrator)
Format: Epub
Rating: 4.95/5
Status: Finished
Reading Date: January 6, 2018
Book Summary: Everybody's favorite X-couple is reunited! And boy, are they not happy about that… Kitty Pryde must send Rogue and Gambit on an undercover mission to find a group of kidnapped mutants. What they discover on this mission will shock them. But will it also bring them closer together…? It's a high-stakes adventure caper that only the two hottest X-Men can deliver!
Book Review: Everyone's favorite couple are back together.

Okay not exactly back together but they are together for a mission.

According to Kitty, Cerebra has picked up a large scale of mutants on an island but something is going on with those mutants. They seem to be disappearing and no one can figure out why. Which leads Kitty to suggest she send Gambit and Rogue together on this mission. Of course, Rogue is less than thrilled at the prospect of being sent with Gambit and doesn't understand why Kitty and Colossus don't go. Of course, Kitty has reasons for remaining behind - she is in charge and thus her word is final.

As Gambit and Rogue head off to the island, Gambit's jealousy over Deadpool and Rogue's kiss and Rogue only worsens the jealousy by rubbing it in that Deadpool is a far better kisser. As two settle into a room, the pair meet two mutants before heading off to find out why the mutants are disappearing.

Only to find themselves in deep trouble.

Gambit and Rogue have always been my favorite couple. Ever since I was a teenager, I had always been rooting for them to be together. I know there has been a lot going on between them and I know I am far behind in their storylines to really catch up but there will always be a part of me rooting for the two of them to get back together.

This story seemed to be a bit short but it does give us the beginning of a storyline for them. Mutants are disappearing but there is no answer as to why. So these two will have to pair up to find out why. I am sure there will be romance and quite a bit of comedy between the two. I expect it between them because the road to romance will never be paved with such good intentions.

I am quite looking forward to seeing how this story goes. I really would love to see them settle things between them even if it does not put them together as I would love to.