Author Robert Rodi, Illustrations Cliff Richards and Rodolfo Migliari
Rogue, Going Rouge is about Rogue, obviously. The book starts off simple enough, at least relatively speaking, this is a comic book after all. Rogue is lured back home to deal with a problem in her small town, something involving a mutant with dream manipulation powers.
So Rogue goes home and has a bunch of very Rogue specific feelings. She’s sad that she can’t have a normal life involving physical touch and she’s feeling lonely. Meanwhile, Gambit is blind at this time and feels bad about an interaction he had with Rogue, he sets off to find her blind without any help.
Anytime Rogue and Gambit are together is magic. They are the best relationship Marvel Comics has to offer. When they’re together in this book is when it’s at its best.
However, the rest of the book derails into a sea of cameos and overlapping plots. Rogue is suddenly in Japan and Lady Deathstrike, Sunstorm, and Silver Samurai are all present. There was also an art change around this point that I really didn’t care for.
Then the end involves something I really hate in comics. There’s a lot of reality and time manipulation which basically just resets everything that just happened back to where the book started but it calls itself an ending. If you just reset everything that means nothing happened and this book had no point at all!
I enjoyed the first third of the run quite a bit but by the end it really lost me. Rogue should’ve just gone home and stayed there until one of the plots was actually concluded.
Rogue, Going Rogue is overal adequate. It’s a standalone that at least doesn’t need an absolute ton of backstory and tie ins. It helps if you’re familiar with Rogue and Gambit’s relationship as well as some of the X-Men but I wouldn’t say it’s completely mandatory.
If you love Rogue, give it a shot.
3/5 back home agains 🏡🏡🏡
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