Curse of the Mutants

Storm & Gambit: Partners in Crime

The mutant thieves put their skills to good use in X-MEN: CURSE OF THE MUTANTS - STORM & GAMBIT

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By Tim Stevens

Vampires seem to be moments away from decimating the X-Men and possibly the whole of San Francisco. Hope for victory remains, but lies a caper unlike any other. On August 25, the plan comes together as writer Chuck Kim and artist Chris Bachalo merge the heist and the supernatural in the one-shot X-MEN: CURSE OF THE MUTANTS - STORM & GAMBIT.

Besides their mutant abilities, both Storm and Gambit bring years of experience in the art of the thieving to the table. Beyond aiding them in their pilferage, this commonality also helps the teammates to understand one another and work together effectively.

"While Storm is usually fairly serious and regal character, she and Gambit share a background," reminds Kim. "I wanted to show that Gambit brings out that part of her, especially when it's just the two of them."

X-MEN: CURSE OF THE MUTANTS - STORM & GAMBIT #1 black and white preview art by Chris Bachalo
"When they first met, they were together fighting for their lives and it developed a real connection. I really loved that and wanted to bring that sort of energy back into their relationship.  There's a real respect between them. Storm is probably the only X-Man Gambit would never try to pull a fast one over because he respects her so much."

That level of honesty and connection will be more important than ever for the weather-wielding X-Man as this mission requires her to confront past demons, like her near ascension to Queen of the Vampires at Dracula's side.

"I pitched Storm in the vampire storyline specifically because of her history with Dracula," Kim admits. "She's not scared-I mean, she is freakin' Storm, right? But she also knows that she's flying straight into a nest of vampires."

Gambit, on the other hand, has not tangled with the undead to the same extent as his teammate. Not to worry, asserts Kim.

X-MEN: CURSE OF THE MUTANTS - STORM & GAMBIT #1 black and white preview art by Chris Bachalo
"I've always figured that since Gambit grew up in Louisiana, he'd have a bit more reverence towards the supernatural," he argues. "Ghosts, vampires, voodoo; he may not understand them, but he maintains a healthy respect for them anyway. You know, just in case." 

Chris Bachalo will bring Kim's script to life, a situation the writer could not be happier about.

"When I found out that Chris Bachalo was drawing my story, I was over the moon," he gushes. "His style is so detailed but still has a beautifully ethereal presence. The idea was to really bring Storm and Gambit into a completely alien environment-the vampire's island-in both look and feel and his style was perfect to do just that."

Beyond the beauty he put on the pages, Bachalo also served as inspiration for Kim during the writing process.

"Without ruining any surprises, he gave a suggestion which led to one of my favorite scenes in the story," the writer reveals.

X-MEN: CURSE OF THE MUTANTS - STORM & GAMBIT #1 black and white preview art by Chris Bachalo
In the end, for Kim, the team-up's biggest attraction came from the opportunity to push the titular mutants into a situation where they would truly be challenged.

"Let's face it, ordinary humans, even with guns, aren't going to be any match against Storm, much less Storm and Gambit," he asserts. "But have them take on hundreds of vampires who have super strength, regeneration, and flight in the vampires' own home base? Suddenly the X-Men become the underdogs."

 

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      11 comments
      Paploo
      Paploo

      This was my favorite spinoff in a long time- great one-shot, insane art, and I really enjoyed Storm and Gambit's dialogue and how much characterization Kim and Bachalo managed to squeeze into what could of been just a quickie tie-in. I'd love to see them take on the characters again :) Thanks Marvel and Co! Great job!!!!!

      Alisx123
      Alisx123

      Yeah- I'll do anything to get my Gambit fix. Gambit & Storm had a really natural, fun-loving friendship in the 90s. Glad to see it being represented again

      Juggs
      Juggs

      HUGE Gambit fan like everyone and i can't to get my hands on this one. Gambit and Storm as one awesome duo and i have to see how this one will turn out

      mimic616
      mimic616

      Bring back Marrow and this would be perfect!

      boyonspace
      boyonspace member

      This is SO cool! I love Gambit and Storm and I think its about time they get a little bit of the spotlight for once.:)

      dcinti
      dcinti

      Storm and Gambit together, that's pretty cool!

      Jman510
      Jman510

      Gambit is the man. I hope marvels do something with him. Put him in a good role.

      jason88
      jason88

      it's still played out! Ngaber

      Ngaber
      Ngaber

      hey the x-men did a vampire story arc wayyyyyyyy before twilight. not all vampire things have to do with twighlight!!!!!!

      jason88
      jason88

      Just beacuse the new twilight movie came out dosent mean that marvel needs to comics on vampires. It's played out already!

      northstar
      northstar

      Storm and Gambit, Chris Bachalo, like the good old days and yay to see Dazzler being drawn Bachalo style.