REVIEW: Gambit #17

Written By: James Asmus

Art By: Clay Mann / Inked By: Clay Mann/ Colors By: Rachelle Rosenberg / Letters By: VC’s Cory Petit

Price: $2.99

Gambit’s latest solo series reaches its climactic conclusion! Torn between his separate lives – mutant hero and master thief – Gambit is forced to make a choice between the two, with major consequences for what comes next! But he better make his choice fast – because he’s trapped at the center of a deadly super-villain riot! And a few of them may have scores to settle with Gambit himself.

We pick up where we left off – with Gambit trapped inside a maximum security prison full of supervillains who want to dismember him. Added to that suck-salad is Borya Cich, the crime boss he ripped off, who offers a million dollars to the man who kills him first. So things aren’t looking that great for Remy right off the bat. He holds his own for a little bit before being overwhelmed. But he’s saved by Pete Wisdom and his MI-13 team along with the Uncanny Avengers. While the Avengers and Wisdom contain the situation, Gambit and Rogue talk about his future as see him turning down the Thieves Guild offer to lead them and returning to the Jean Grey Institute.

Never change, Remy LeBeau.

We’ve come full circle in that not only does Gambit return to the Jean Grey Institute, he returns to the life he left before to explore his roots. The interlude between Gambit and Rogue rubbed me the wrong way though. I think Gambit’s done more than enough good to be considered a decent guy, least of all to Rogue. The “oh shi-” moment is undone before it can have any real impact which makes me think it was all just to give Gambit a power-up for something somewhere down the road.

Clay Mann handles the breakdowns this issue but he’s joined by Jay Leisten and Ed Tadeo to finish out the rest and it actually doesn’t show. There’s a good deal of characters that lack facial detail at some points. Rachelle Rosenberg’s colors are the saving grace.

Like every other Gambit diehard, I’m sad to see the series ending. And although I have a feeling the last page’s reveal will be used as an excuse for Gambit being in comic book limbo, the ending does leave the door open for Jason Aaron to use him as a JGS staff member, even though it’s not explicitly stated he’ll be returning to teach.

For the most part, Gambit has been a pretty fun ride in which Asmus makes it very clear he has a strong grasp on Remy’s voice and character. I can only hope future writers understand the character as well as he does. Clay Mann’s art has fairly consistent up until here.

Score: 8.5

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