Rogue and Gambit #5: Ring of Fire Part 5
Written by: Kelly Thompson
Art by: Pere Perez
Cover by: Kris Anka
Colors by: Frank D’armata
Letters by: Joe Caramagna
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 and 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?
What You’Need To Know:
Lavish’s big mouth gets in the way a lot and she always lets Rogue and Gambit slip through her grip. They are actually able to remember everything: she had been feeding on their minds and their past, using their feelings against each other. Aside from getting off this island and saving fellow mutants who are now under control over Lavish and Dr. Grand, they are wondering if they are really falling back in love or if they’ve been fooled. Even without the kisses, can you fake this kind of thing? They’ve had to recall the first time they ever met, beat the crap out of each other’s clones, and literally see through each other’s eyes. Let’s say this therapy actually worked, they still need to get out of this mess alive.
What Just Happened:
It’s the end game now. At this point, Lavish wants to execute them and is done trying to take their powers because she can’t extract them and subdue them at the same time. They have been absorbing memory after memory with each clone they take down. Rogue had the idea to absorb some of Dr. Grand’s memories. She learns about her past and how her mutant power—which is similar to Rogue’s—but it became too much for her to handle and her subconscious manifested into a malicious villain we know as Lavish. That plan backfired, but Lavish possesses her.
PSYCH! It’s Rogue. That girl can handle more that we think. She is merciful enough to spare Lavish, but she gets away. They’ve won for now. Admittedly, this power and anguish is a lot from Rogue to handle, so Gambit has to help ease that load off of her. How else would he do that? With an epic kiss!
The issue starts with the line: “You could not step twice into the same river; everything changes and nothing stands still.” They could rekindle what they once had, but it will never be perfect.