COMICS: New GAMBIT Ongoing Series To Be "Indiana Jones" Meets "Mission Impossible"
Writer James Asmus and artist Clay Mann are taking the fan favorite Chris Claremont creation Gambit beyond the X-Men and into the mainstream Marvel universe.
Speaking to MTV Geek, writer James Asmus shared the following details on Marvel's latest Gambit solo series set to debut this August---
On the look and tone of the book:
ASMUS: There’s a lot of visual references to his original costume that change it. So for example, where he had sideways pink stripes on his pants, he’s going to have some little pouches. And this is a character where I will actually have him using his pouches. It will not be a mystery! If you need lockpicks, it makes sense to give that guy pouches, right?
He also has the protection guard things, but unlike a solid piece of metal that is so narrow at the ankle you don’t know how his foot got into it... These are very practical designs. If you saw Clay Mann’s work in Age of X, you know he has a great, evocative sense of design that captures something that’s cool about the character, with a very practical, real world achievablity to it. I’m really excited to get him designing some new characters, or changes to some characters we will be bringing in. In general, I want this book to feel a little more real world. Again, because I think focusing on thievery, this aspect of his character that could happen... It should be more of an adult, sophisticated, but fun and sexy romp.
Our touchstones for the book - in film - have been a sort of Indiana Jones meets Mission Impossible approach to continuous action, some real humanity to it, not just untouchable heroes, but flawed heroes who made the wrong move and then have to get themselves out of a situation they made worse.
The comic stuff that I love... If I can capture any of the sophistication and fun of something like Daredevil... I think that’s a fantastic book that you don’t have to be reading everything else to understand, but if you have been reading everything else, you understand what he’s reacting to, and how it relates to the character, and the greater Marvel Universe.
On Rogue and how much of a focal point that character will be in the series:
ASMUS: For me, he always could be defined without Rogue. That was never the part I was most into. But I know a lot of people love their relationship. I will end up using herin the book, but she’s not going to be a focal point, she’s not going to be a regular character. She’s going to be a lot of fun to bring in a little bit later in the game, once you’ve established a very different status quo for him, and maybe one or two other ladies, that she can come in, and be the complication.
Look, she’s obviously a very powerful figure in his life, so there’s a ton of great story potential for that. An uncomfortable, unresolved, ex-girlfriend is always a great story element. [Laughs] But it’s not going to be about her. This whole series is really going to be about building him out, and putting him into the larger Marvel Universe... So especially for the first bit, it’s not going to be heavily tied into X-Men history. It’ll be about breaking new ground. You’re more likely to see him with the Fantastic Four, than with the X-Men in the series.
On how the series begins:
ASMUS: There’s two prongs of that, that I’ll get it. In terms of what prompts it, my take on all this, and what we touch on, and we’ll delve into a bit more as the book goes on is that, even when he signed up with the X-Men originally, it wasn’t to be a teacher. The ground has shifted beneath him, where now he’s a professor, and a role model... And all these things that don’t fit. And he’s still willing to do it with a home, and a set-up, and a family, but I think he’s chafing against those.
The start of the book is that he decides to commit one act of thievery, that he thinks he can get away with, just to stretch those muscles, and feel like himself. It’s a messed up version of “me time.” But who he chooses to rob sets off a chain of events that kicks the whole series into motion. The first year of the book has this domino effect, where making this one choice is what’s going to cause all of these other situations to arise for the first year of stories.
The other thing, too is that I’ve been doing some research, and people who are professional thieves speak of it as much about an addiction as anything. The thrill, and the challenge for themselves - when you start reading these autobiographies of these guys who refer to it as a depression, or anxiety, or some feeling of incompleteness if they don’t pull a job in a while. I love that idea, that some act of bastardy needs to happen for him to feel right every once in a while.
The truth of it is, if you look at Gambit, he’s never just been a hero. He’s been more complicated, he’s betrayed the X-Men, he has lied, he has kept secrets, turned on his friends. I think that’s important, and that’s true, and it helps motivate a series like this a lot. But what I love about him is that unlike most anti-heroes, he still has fun, and has a sense of humor. It’s not a constantly brooding Punisher, it’s a guy who’s conflicted and is going to do the wrong thing... But is also going to seduce a lady, and crack a joke while he’s at it. That makes him really unique in the comic book landscape, in a really great way.
There's more with Asmus over at MTV Geek, including a MINOR Avengers vs X-Men Spoiler so click the source link if you feel inclined to read more. The Gambit solo series is set to kick off this August and will see Gambit breaking away from his fellow X-Men to hunt down and steal items from across the Marvel Universe and will reportedly include an adventure in space.
Gambit (Rémy Etienne LeBeau is a fictional character, a Marvel Comics superhero that has been a member of the X-Men. Created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Jim Lee, the character first appeared briefly in Uncanny X-Men Annual #14 (1990), weeks before a more comprehensive appearance in Uncanny X-Men #266 (August 1990). As of 2008, there have been two attempts at an ongoing title starring the character. Gambit also had two different miniseries and starred prominently in the X-Force replacement title during the Age of Apocalypse, Gambit & the X-Ternals.
As a mutant, Gambit possesses the ability to manipulate kinetic energy. He is also skilled in card-throwing, hand-to-hand combat, and the use of a Bō staff.
Few X-Men trusted Gambit, who was originally a professional thief, when he first joined the group. There was consistently a source of stress between him and his on-again off-again love interest Rogue. This was exacerbated when his connections to villain Mister Sinister were revealed, although some of his team members accept that Gambit honestly seeks redemption.
Often written as a "ladies' man", Gambit has shown a more vulnerable side of himself over the years, especially when it comes to Rogue. Gambit remains fiercely proud of his Louisiana heritage, and speaks in a very thick Cajun accent.
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