X-Men Origins: Gambit Coming in June

Writer Mike Carey takes a tour through Gambit's past in a special one-shot this summer, and we've got all the details!

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By Marc Strom The Ragin' Cajun takes a trip back to his roots this June in X-MEN ORIGINS: GAMBIT #1, a special one-shot from writer Mike Carey and artist David Yardin. "This is really the story of how Gambit comes within the orbit of the X-Men, which in his case happens in a number of stages spread out across several years," Carey tells us of the special. "We start on his wedding day, and we finish on the day when he saves Storm's life in UNCANNY X-MEN #266. "In between those two moments, we show his first encounter with Mister Sinister, his recruitment of the Marauders, his involvement in the Mutant Massacre and his saving of Marrow. Just listed like that, it might seem like the story ricochets around a lot, but actually there's a single theme throughout and everything ties together very tightly." Carey, who also currently writes Gambit in X-MEN: LEGACY, says that the character has a very specific appeal for him. "I like anti-heroes and villain heroes," Carey relates. "Gambit is a very cool character precisely because he draws his lines a long way away from where most other people in the X-verse would draw them. I also felt like I had some unfinished business with Gambit, because when I wrote

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him in 'Messiah CompleX' it was very much as a foil for Rogue, rather than as a character in his own right. I wanted to write a Remy story, [so] writing his origin, as I saw it, really fitted the bill perfectly." At various times throughout his history, Gambit has fulfilled the role of both hero and villain. But Carey sees Remy LeBeau as having a fundamentally heroic nature. "I think he always had the potential to be a hero," the writer specifies. "Obviously he's also a thief—and a thief for hire, at that—so his morality was never going to coincide exactly with that of most other X-Men [front liners]. But he always had a moral sense, and there were lines he wasn't prepared to cross. If he came out of the Mutant Massacre hideously compromised, he also came out of it knowing and accepting what he'd done and wanting to atone for it. The title of the origin story—'Random Acts of Redemption'—sums that side of his nature up for me." As for why Carey wanted to return to Gambit's origins at this point in time, the writer points towards his desire to bring the character out of the low profile he's kept in recent years. "Well, he's been out of the spotlight for a while, arguably since the end of [writer] Peter Milligan's run on X-MEN," Carey looks back. "We brought him back in 'Messiah CompleX' as a reluctant Marauder with a secret agenda of his own, but when the story was over he didn't come back into the X-Men fold. There was a sense that he'd burned his bridges there, and that he still wouldn't be welcome. "There are some striking echoes, in a way, when you look at Gambit's current situation and his situation post-UNCANNY X-MEN #350 when his involvement with Sinister came out for the first time. That was one of the spurs behind telling this story in this way."

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For fans of Carey's work on LEGACY, the writer reveals that this special will tie in to Gambit's story in that series as well. "Yeah, I'd be lying if I said there wasn't [any connection]," Carey confesses. "We've looked in on Gambit a few times in the course of LEGACY, but they've been scattered and discontinuous glimpses because of what LEGACY is, because it's Professor X's story first and last, and we didn't want him to accrete a new team around him as he travels. Again, we're making connections between the present and the past as Xavier's odyssey ends and LEGACY re-invents itself as a different kind of book. Gambit is present for a lot of that, so it all ultimately ties together." And readers can expect big things in Gambit's future in the pages of X-MEN: LEGACY, teases Carey: "Well, let's just say that we haven't seen the last of the Ragin' Cajun yet. Even in a continuity book, some stories get to have a beginning, a middle and an end, and Gambit's story is [soon] going to be taken to a decisive moment..." X-MEN ORIGINS: GAMBIT hits stores this June, following Remy LeBeau's big screen debut on May 1 in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"! For even more Gambit, check out Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited!

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      supercowman
      supercowman

      i absolutly love gambit. he's always been my favorite, well maybe once i found out about him. the x-men movies were always good but when i first watched them i was disapointed when there was no gambit. thank you for finally putting him the wolverine movie. i cant wait to get this! :gambit: and :rogue:

      dudamundo
      dudamundo

      [quote@Tirliwig i just think its a shame that it is only a one shot rather than an ongoing series like wolveriens[/quote] Hopefully when it does well they'll do more!

      kreemarvel
      kreemarvel

      [color=seagreen] I'm loving the way the Marauders are portrayed in that picture. I've always had a place for classic Marauders in my heart, I guess, LOL.They deserve more time in the spotlight.[/color]

      Alisx123
      Alisx123

      I registered just to respond to this!I can't wait to buy this comic. I have brought every single comic Gambit is in and I really want him to have his own series again. Bring HIM BACK Marvel so I can have a stable comic subscription with you again. Bring back the Gambit of the 90s!!!Give the fans what we want so we don't have to resort to fanfiction to get our Gambit needs sated!!!

      tokyoafterdark
      tokyoafterdark

      please marvel please stop cashing in on us sucker fan boys by making movies that we hate....i plead with you to stop destroying the characters that we love with horrible movie adaptations of them we love your comics and always will..but please please don't screw up anymore of your beloved characters in movies i am at the point of begging

      diablelerouge
      diablelerouge

      Mike Carey does good with Gambit, but I'd love to see Fabian Nicieza write for him again, because Nicieza's run on Gambit was the best thing I've ever read in my life. I hope this one shot sells through the roof.

      SPNWareZ
      SPNWareZ

      This is going to be ****ing awesome, excuse my language..

      emmavieceli
      emmavieceli

      I cannot describe how excited this makes me. I registered just so that I could say so! THANK YOU, Marvel!I'm so happy to see the Remy love going on in here...the Cajun drew me into the Marvel universe in the first place, maaany years ago. And I'm positively drooling at these previews.Can't wait ^^__^^

      jbreshaire
      jbreshaire

      I think he is the most awesome character of the Marvel Universe. Wolvie's attitude, Longshot's agility, Cyclops's concussive energy and Casanova's charm rolled into one classic mutant! Can't wait for the comic to arrive. If any of you fans out there have ever read Claremont's "X-Men: The End" in 2005, Gambit's origin was hinted and I still think that was a great premise for the birth and early life of Gambit. Marvel should still run with it in the regular Marvel Universe. If you haven't read it yet, check out the origin right away. You will thank me for it and agree with me. PS: I still hope they will CGI Gambit's eyes black and red in the new Wolverine movie! The Gambit and X-Men fans have waited long enough and we truly deserve it! :gambit:

      rogelio23
      rogelio23

      this is what i am waiting for my fav comics character. love the art.

      louisIV
      louisIV

      To give Mike Carey the benefit of the doubt...maybe he just didn't like Gambit as Death and that's why he said he hated him and wasn't going to use him in his stories. I wasn't all that pleased with that arc where Gambit became Death and it all felt a little contrived to me and like all the characters were acting out of character...and how inept was Apocalypse during all that? It didn't feel like Peter Milligan had a good grasp of all the characters' backstories. I liked his stories leading up to that arc, but I think the end to Milligan's run on the book fell a bit short. When I saw that Gambit was coming back as Gambit somehow transformed back into himself I was very happy. So, anyway...hopefully this is why Gambit has been neglected for so long...they needed enough time to pass from that story arc where he became Death so that we would all just forget that had happened and they could bring him back as Gambit again.

      louisIV
      louisIV

      I can't wait for this one to come out! Gambit is my favorite character in all of Marvel comics.I think it's funny, though, how Mike Carey is talking Gambit up and saying it's a shame he's been underused...considering it was Mike Carey who made that happen in the first place. When he took over X-Men after Peter Milligan, I remember how he said that he hated the character of Gambit and wasn't going to use him at all as long as he was writing X-Men. I was pretty angry when I read that of course. Then Messiah Complex came and he had to use the character and Gambit was still underused and as he said was used only as a vehicle for Rogue's story. Now suddenly he thinks so highly of the character. I feel as though he is maybe being forced to do a Gambit story to appease us Gambit fans who've been denied for so long until X-Men Legacy and we finally got some Gambit tidbits that were mainly about Xavier. Whatever the case may be...I'm just glad that Gambit is finally starting to get a little spotlight once again and being featured more. I feel this year he will get a big break like he had in the mid to late 90's and early 2000.

      wolvielover120
      wolvielover120

      very nice. keep in mind Tirlwig. Logan has lived much longer than Remy

      Tirliwig
      Tirliwig

      i just think its a shame that it is only a one shot rather than an ongoing series like wolveriens

      stage3evolution
      stage3evolution

      [quote@mickey1 MAKE HIM THE BADASS HE WAS ALWAYS INTENDED TO BE.[/quote] I agree completely :)

      claudio_pahl
      claudio_pahl

      I can´t wait ! I love Gambit and Carey is doing fantastic with him.

      mickey1
      mickey1

      MAKE HIM THE BADASS HE WAS ALWAYS INTENDED TO BE.