Mr. and Mrs. X #12-The Lady and The Tiger Part 2
Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Javier Pina
Cover: Terry Dodsen and Rachel Dodsen
Color: Frank D’Armata
Letters: Joe Sabino
Synopsis: Happily Ever After? Rogue and Gambit have had quite the year — will they finally be able to relax and enjoy marital bliss? Don’t bet on it!
What You’ll Need To Know: Rogue and Gambit ended up getting married last year which was a dream come true! They haven’t gotten to celebrate because they have been trapped in space, trapped in The Mojoverse, NOW being hunted by the Assassin’s Guild. Gambit had some unfinished business to take care of last issue. He explains that Rogue is and has always been an X-Man, that’s her whole world. Being an X-Man is only half his world. The other half is his family. The Thieves Guild. Candra, The External and benefactor of the Thieves and Assassins Guild, is not happy about Gambit leaving his throne and how it in simple terms screwed EVERYONE (Guilds PLURAL). Candra in her child form has Bella Donna Boudreaux on her side and takes place in capturing Gambit. They take extremes to make sure Gambit cannot escape, but they still need him alive. Rogue, unfortunately pretty predictably, comes to the rescue. Not until Rogue is kidnapped and had her powers inhibited with a collar. Rogue is not just held as a captive, she’s held as a sacrifice.
In This Issue: Bella Donna’s deal with Candra backfires. Candra demands that Remy either chooses Rogue or Bella Donna to be the sacrifice. I mean an easy choice would be Bella, she screwed him over but she was still Gambit’s love at one point in time. But he’s been stuck with one of these decisions before, and that’s what haunts him, the easy choice would be his current wife and one true love. Last time the easy choice was to save his brother Henri, but someone still died. Plus, he’s a hero. Gambit offers himself as THE sacrifice to Candra, but only to play his cards right. He tells her she has never been trustworthy, but neither has he. That’s what has made him a good soldier. His dark past still makes him one of the greatest and cunning X-Men. When we saw Gambit stitching up his wound in his cell, he had embedded in his skin he can use his powers to detonate. That gives Rogue and Bella Donna a chance to escape. I loved how we saw one last struggle of Rogue getting overwhelmed by her powers and learning to take control with the help of Gambit. I also liked seeing Jean-Luc in the mix with them. I’m salty about one of my favorite comics ending, but this storyline was a great one that delivered pretty everytime.