Thursday, July 23, 2015

Uncanny Avengers Strives for Unity

From Marvel:

Any Marvel Comics fan will tell you the Marvel Universe can be a volatile place where tensions abound, just waiting to be ignited. Thankfully, this fall the Marvel Universe will also boast UNCANNY AVENGERS, from writer Gerry Duggan and artist Ryan Stegman, featuring a team devoted to promoting the peace including Steve Rogers, Spider-Man, Deadpool, Rogue, the Human Torch, Quicksilver, Doctor Voodoo, and more.

“They are the opposite of the Secret Avengers,” explains Duggan. “Eight months later there are new conflicts and tensions in the Marvel Universe. This group is meant to project cooperation and coexistence between humans, Inhumans, and mutants. That means visible successes.”

Of course, those kinds of hopeful results demand strong teamwork, no guarantee with this new team.

“[Questions of if the team makes sense and what binds them] are questions the cast must confront themselves,” the writer reveals. “Steve Rogers is the reason this particular group is together. Not everyone will be thrilled to be on a squad with [Deadpool], especially [Spider-Man].”

Thankfully for fans, Duggan and Stegman have found collaboration far less bumpy then their fictional cast.

“To be honest, I'm not sure our approaches have had to change much,” Stegman asserts. “We've just kind of fit together like puzzle pieces and it's working out great.”

“Like all great writers, Gerry is extremely collaborative,” the artist continues. “Gerry and I have had a lot of conversations about the tone of this book, and the things we want to do stylistically. The best part about this project is Gerry and I have known each other for quite some time. Heck, Gerry and I have already spent time in Vegas casinos together, which pretty much makes us brothers.”

“He tagged my father instead of me in his Uncanny Avengers announcement on Facebook so, it’s going about as well as you would think collaborating with him could go,” jokes Duggan of Stegman. “The truth is that Ryan’s an amazing collaborator and his art has never been more thrilling. It’s going to be a fun book, even when the characters aren't enjoying themselves.”

To be clear, Duggan and Stegman will be very dedicated to making sure the characters often do not enjoy themselves.

“Gerry is known for his comedic writing on DEADPOOL, I certainly have a ‘cartoonier’ style, and people think that means that this book will be silly and cartoony,” Stegman acknowledges. “But that’s not the case. We are doing some very heavy, dark stuff. Like all good stories, there will be moments of extreme darkness and there will be moments of levity. We are going to cover it all. So stylistically I am pushing to really sell both extremes.”

“We’re going to mess up the personal lives of these characters while we’re throwing them into constant danger, and hopefully we’ll have some moments of levity along the way,” echoes Duggan.  “The first arc features a new villain with a definite sympathetic point of view. We’ve been enjoying writing him as much as this group of Avengers. I will say that you will see some unexpected villains and heroes show up in UNCANNY AVENGERS.”

Unpredictable fast becomes the watchword for UNCANNY AVENGERS with the passage of time having made changes, big and small, in many of the heroes’ lives since before Secret Wars.

“Everyone is slightly different eight months later, and I’m looking forward to exploring how this team finds a way to operate together,” Duggan says. “Deadpool has fame and fortune eight months later. Sure, he’s bought a few slushy machines and other frivolous gear, but he’s also diverting most of his fortune to helping fund the Avengers. Quicksilver is in an interesting spot. [He] isn’t just trying to adjust to life as an Avenger, but life not as the son of Magneto. That’s several tons of emotional baggage that falls off his shoulders. He’s loving life and living it to the fullest.”

“I didn't know how much I'd enjoy drawing Deadpool,” confesses Stegman. “He’s really, really fun. Drawing his body language from panel to panel is a pleasure.”

“I am trying to prevent myself from just writing a list of what I like about drawing each character right now, because the truth is I've found something about all of them to enjoy,” he continues. “It’s always a surprise to me how I’m going to react to drawing a character. But all these ones have such distinctive personalities that it’s been a blast so far.”

While having a great time with the work, neither creator has lost sight of the honor of tackling an Avengers book for the first time.

“I’m trying to apply everything I’ve learned from my first two years at Marvel into making the biggest and best Avengers book I can,” promises Duggan.

“It's a team book and that means it’s really freaking hard to draw,” admits Stegman. “You have to keep track of so many characters doing so many things. But, this is an Avengers title, so you just have to bite the bullet and think about how many great artists have tackled them before and succeeded. At this point in the comic book industry, there is no greater property than the Avengers, and to be a part of that is a challenge I look forward to.”

While Duggan continues to keep a tight rein on spoilers, he does not hesitate to give his editors credit or tease readers with some exciting developments to keep an eye out for.

“[Editors] Tom Brevoort and Alanna Smith gave me a suggestion that drops like an atomic bomb in the second issue,” he reveals. “I do hope it manages to roll off a printer and into fans’ hands unspoiled.”

“Teams are families,” the writer concludes. “Families don’t always get along, and this team has the added pressure of projecting unity. Difficult but fun times lay ahead. I will say this: there will be surprises throughout the first arc, some dealing with the make-up of this roster.”

UNCANNY AVENGERS begins its mission of unity this fall! Stay tuned to and our social channels for the latest All-New All-Different Marvel news!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Top 15 Rogue Moments

Thank you sandman for spotting this!

From IGN:


Rogue fans have plenty of reason to be excited right now. Not only is the veteran X-Man experiencing a resurgence in the comics, she's also returning to the forefront in the X-Men film franchise. X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut offers an extended edition of last year's superhero time travel spic, featuring an entire storyline focused on Anna Paquin's Rogue that was trimmed from the theatrical version.
While the jury is still out on whether the Rogue Cut is the superior version (check back later this week for our review), its release does have us excited about all things Rogue. And to celebrate the occasion, we're looking back at the best and most definitive Rogue moments across the X-men comics, films, animated series and even video games. Narrowing down this list was trickier than being a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs!

15. Rogue vs. Gladiator

Released 1994
As seen in: X-Men Season 3 - "The Dark Phoenix Saga IV - The Fate of the Phoenix"
It's tough to pick many stand-out moments for Rogue in the original X-Men: The Animated Series, if only because the show drew so heavily from classic X-Men comics of the '70s, '80s and '90s. But one element that does stand out on its own merits is the rivalry between Rogue and Gladiator in the show's adaptation of The Dark Phoenix Saga. Whereas Colossus was the team's resident powerhouse in the comic book version, in the cartoon Rogue fulfilled that purpose. It was great to see her cut loose and unleash her full strength against her Superman-esque foe, especially in a show that often shied away from direct displays of violence where robots weren't concerned.

14. Bonding With Gambit

Released 1993
14 - X-Men 24

As seen in: X-Men Vol. 2 #24
The X-Men comics were in a somber mood in Fall 1993 as the team dealt with various recent tragedies (most notably the death of Illyana Rasputin). This issue explored the attempts of various characters to move forward and find comfort wherever they could. For Gambit and Rogue, that meant going on a romantic dinner and trying to make the most of their inherently doomed romance. We're not always fans of the Gambit/Rogue romance, but their bond made for especially good reading in this melancholy interlude issue.

13. Taking the Cure

Released 2006

As seen in: X-Men - The Last Stand
Rogue has never been as proactive a character as we'd like in the X-Men films (something we're hoping the Rogue Cut of Days of Future Past will address). But at least the third entry in the series allowed her struggle with her mutant powers to come to a head. With her powers still raging out of control and her relationship with Iceman suffering as a result, Rogue jumped at the chance for a mutant gene-suppressing cure. She decided that living a normal life was more important than being a superhero. And as the film was careful to point out, it was a decision she made for herself, not for Iceman or any of her fellow X-Men.

12. Joining the X-Men

Released 1983
12 - Uncanny X-Men 171

As seen in: Uncanny X-Men Vol. 1 #171
This is the issue where Rogue officially became an X-Man. The cover mirrored Kitty Pryde's induction into the team several years before, though Rogue arrived carrying much more emotional baggage. She was wracked with the guilt and the psychic trauma from permanently stealing Ms. marvel's powers and memories. And while most of the team were reluctant to welcome Rogue into the fold, Professor Xavier reminded them that it was her potential for good that truly mattered. Rogue's hard journey from villain to hero had finally begun.

11. Lady Roguepool

Released 2013
As seen in: Deadpool (video game)
Rogue is one of several X-men who guest-star in this goofy, story-driven action game. One missions has Deadpool rescue an injured Rogue, convincing her to kiss him in order to absorb his healing powers. That causes Rogue to absorb Wade's decidedly off-kilter personality, don his mask and start slicing and dicing enemies just like the Merc With a Mouth. There's just something about Rogue wielding dual katanas while Deadpool's inner voices fawn over their newfound feminine curves that makes for memorable gaming.

10. Learning to Dance

Released 2001
As seen in: X-Men - Evolution - "Spykecam"
X-Men Evolution re-imagined the popular team in a high school setting, an approach that suited Rogue perhaps best of all. Thanks to her teenage hormones and her uncontrollable powers, she became the show's resident Goth girl. That prickly personality is what makes this scene stand out. Here Rogue used her powers not to battle supervillains, but to absorb a bit of Kitty Pryde's fun-loving personality and dancing groove. It was a warm, free-spirited moment for a character who spends so much time isolated and alone.

9. Welcome to Genosha

Released 1988

As seen in: Uncanny X-Men Vol. 1 #236
This issue was part of a four-issue storyline wherein the X-Men encountered the island nation of Genosha and its mutant-oppressing government for the first time. Rogue and Wolverine found themselves captives of the brutal Genoshan magistrates. After a brief escape attempt, the two X-Men even had their powers switched off. Luckily, Rogue retreated deep into her own mind and allowed the lingering presence of Ms. Marvel's mind to take over. Rogue and Wolverine's team-ups are always memorable, but this one had the added appeal of playing on Wolverine's history with Ms. Marvel as well.

8. Finding a Friend for the End of the World
Released 1995
08 - X-Men Omega

As seen in: X-Men Omega #1
Ironically, Rogue is the one X-Man who wound up with a better life in the alternate reality of Age of Apocalypse. There, she was married to Magneto, leader of her own squad of X-Men and even mother to an infant son named Charles. Unfortunately, that life was never fated to last. The AoA crossover ended on a poignant note, as Rogue and her family stood watching as their world erupted into a flash of white (either from a hail of nuclear missiles or reality restoring itself to normal).

7. Defeating Ms. Marvel

Released 1981
07 - Avengers Annual 10

As seen in: Avengers Annual #10
Rogue made her debut in this issue, but as a villain rather than a hero. At this early point in her career, Rogue was still a pawn of her adoptive mother, Mystique. But villainy certainly has its appeals. This issue saw Rogue singlehandedly dismantle the Avengers using her new strength stolen from Ms. Marvel. Even Thor couldn't stand up to her might This clash between Rogue and the Avengers serves as a reminder of just how dangerous Rogue can be when she doesn't care about playing nice with her enemies.

6. Becoming the Reaper

Released 2011
06 - Age of X Alpha

As seen in: X-Men - Age of X Alpha #1
The Age of X crossover presented a new, dystopian reality where the X-Men fought a losing battle to defend their stronghold against daily attacks from human armies. In this reality Rogue called herself Legacy and served the function of a "reaper." Each day, Rogue would travel the battlefield and absorb the memories of fallen mutants into herself. Like Ender Wiggin in the Ender's Game novels, she became a speaker for the dead. This remains one of the most haunting depictions of Rogue's powers, showcasing the grave responsibility she carries in a world where mutantkind is almost extinct.

5. A Heroic Sacrifice

Released 1989
05 - Uncanny X-Men 247

As seen in: Uncanny X-Men Vol. 1 #247
The X-Men battled one of their toughest foes, Master Mold, in this issue. The X-Men had little hope of defeating their massive, mechanical foe other than drawing it into a portal created by the Siege Perilous. Rogue chose to use her strength to push Master Mold into the void, sacrificing herself in the process. Though she didn't actually die, this was a pivotal moment in Rogue's evolution from misguided villain to noble heroine.

4. Saving the Unity Squad

Released 2014

As seen in: Uncanny Avengers Vol. 1 #21
Uncanny Avengers introduced Marvel readers to the Avengers Unity Squad, a team comprised of both Avengers and X-Men that would prove to the world that both groups could still work together. They failed in that mission pretty darn badly when Rogue (not in the best state of mind in the wake of Charles Xavier's death) chose to kill Scarlet Witch in the belief that Wanda was helping the Apocalypse Twins in their goal of mutant ascension. Rogue was then murdered herself by Grim Reaper. Shortly thereafter, the world exploded when the Celestial Executioner known as Exitar passed final judgment.
As it so often does, time travel allowed the Avengers the chance to set things right. Thanks to her mulligan, Rogue chose instead to trust Scarlet Witch. Rogue used her mutant ability to absorb the powers of many heroes at once and drive back Exitar. Never before has she operated on such a massive scale. Even though this act took a terrible toll on her, it also served as redemption for the mistakes Rogue had made earlier in the series. There was hope for the Unity Squad yet.

3. Exorcising Ms. Marvel

Released 1990
01 - Uncanny X-Men 269

As seen in: Uncanny X-Men Vol. 1 #269
This issue explored the fallout of Rogue's act of sacrifice battling Master Mold and throwing herself into the Siege Perilous. Long story short, she found herself battling the revived but rapidly decomposing body of Ms. Marvel in a repeat of that life-altering showdown from many years previous. Rogue gained the upper hand in this fight, but realizing that the life force they shared could only sustain one body, she decided that Carol deserved to live more than she. Fate had other plans, but the important thing was that Rogue finally found redemption for the terrible deed she had committed. Plus, this issue eventually led into a really nifty, Jim Lee-illustrated storyline involving Rogue and Magneto hanging out in the Savage Land.

This issue also loosely inspired an episode of X-Men: The Animated Series entitled "A Rogue's Tale," as Rogue was tormented by the psychic ghost of Carol Danvers.

2. Controlling Her Powers

Released 2009
03 - X-Men Legacy 224

As seen in: X-Men Legacy Vol. 1 #224
In its first couple years, X-Men Legacy followed the journey of a partially amnesic Charles Xavier as he worked to right the wrongs of his past. That journey culminated with one last, unfinished bit of business - finally making good on his promise to heal Rogue's tormented mind and teach her to control her powers. And after a long battle in both the physical and psychic realms, teacher and student finally achieved that goal. All of Rogue's struggles to atone for her mistakes and be a better person were validated as her mind and body were finally made whole. And now the stage was set for Xavier to fade into the sunset and Rogue to become the new star of the series.

1. Teaming Up With Wolverine

Released 1983
02 - Uncanny X-Men 171

As seen in: Uncanny X-Men #173
Rogue was still a relative rookie among the X-Men when she and her teammates journeyed to Japan to attend Wolverine's wedding. As with any social function in the Marvel Universe, it wasn't long before supervillains showed up to spoil the festivities. Rogue found herself the only X-Man standing alongside Wolverine and helping in his fight against Silver Samurai and Viper. Rogue more than proved her valor during the battle, eventually throwing herself in the line of fire to shield Logan from a deadly energy blast. Though wounded herself, Rogue was saved when bestowed some of his healing upon her. Those mutual acts of heroism cemented a bond between the two X-Men and showed the depth of Rogue's bravery.
X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut is out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Marvel October Solicts

From CBR:

So horribly depressing to be a Rogue fan,  yet another month with no much to buy.

New team, same mission. Steve Rogers has formed a new Avengers unity squad compromised of humans, mutants and...Inhumans? A new threat to the Avengers is revealed. Wait, is that Deadpool on the cover? Is he seriously an Avenger now?
40 PGS./Rated T …$4.99

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Bad Seeds To Good Eggs: 10 Comic Book Bad Guys Gone Straight

From Newsarama!  Thank you sandman for sharing the link!


Raised by Mystique and brought into the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Rogue started out bad in big way: by thrashing the Avengers. After ambushing Ms. Marvel (which resulted in Rogue permanently gaining her super-strength, flight, and memories), Rogue went on to steal power from Thor and open a huge can of whoop-ass on the Avengers. The full membership of both teams clashed during a prison-break, and it was extremely close. In fact, the Avengers didn't so much win as Rogue split. 

Later, Rogue's powers started to slip from her control, driving her insane; she turned to Professor X for help. Resented by the X-Men at first, Rogue proved herself first by saving Wolverine in Japan, then time and again in battle.

Rogue later became an X-team leader, and one of their most trusted members. Now, she's elevated her status in the Marvel Universe even further, as one of the premier members of the Uncanny Avengers, truly coming full-circle.


Wander over to CBR to read the article.  No mention of Rogue but have a look at these preview pages!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Uncanny Avengers to Relaunch in October

From Bleeding Cool:

Today, we have a lot of Marvel news coming through about their All-New All-Different Marvel relaunch in October.

And we have a very different looking Uncanny Avengers indeed. By Gerry Duggan and Ryan Stegman, it purports to be a Deadpoolish take on the team.

With Steve Rogers, Human Torch/Toro/Inferno, Rogue, Deadpool, Spider-Man, Quicksilver, Brother Voodoo and more.

The tagline reads “Fighting for Humanity, Inhumanity, Mutants and Deadpool”

A very different take indeed!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

IGN Reviews : Uncanny Avengers # 5

Thought you might like an expanded review of why this issue just sucked soooo much.  I don't know why I keep thinking Marvel is going to do anything interesting or useful with Rogue anymore.  I have no idea why she isn't in any X-Men titles where she belongs and I can't see any reason why she's in Uncanny Avengers.


This relaunched series started off strongly enough, wiping away the stigma of Avengers & X-Men: AXIS and returning to the dysfunctional superhero drama of the previous Uncanny Avengers. Unfortunately, the series has lost some steam as the "Counter-Evolutionary" storyline has worn on. That problem only grows worse in this final chapter. Uncanny Avengers #5 fails to offer any real payoff to the conflicts and mysteries Remender has been exploring.

The best that can be said for issue #5 is that it showcases the full Unity Squad lineup for a change rather than touching on a handful of scattered players. The focus is mainly on action, however, so there's little room for character growth. Doctor Voodoo finally has his moment in the spotlight as he unleashes upon the High Evolutionary the ghosts of those he killed in the name of science. Sabretooth also gets in a few memorable one-liners as he slices and dices.

But deep character focus is hard to come by. Quicksilver receives some much-needed attention in light of issue #4's underwhelming portrayal. That said, the character's ultimate realization that he needs to "stop running" from his life seems vague and cliched (even if Pietro acknowledges as much). Meanwhile, the resolution to Vision's conflict, where he's torn between his loyalty to Earth and his love for Eve, is abrupt and unsatisfying. That's to say nothing of the resolution to the big mystery of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch's parentage or their rivalry with their sister, Luminous. The solicitation for this issue promised a big twist that would build on what readers already learned in previous issues. And while Vision frequently alludes to a shocking truth about Wanda and Pietro, he never actually shares his secret knowledge.

Visually, this arc has started to decline as Daniel Acuna's work has become looser and more rushed. That trend continues in this issue as the level of detail drops and Acuna's figures become less defined. To be fair, some pages still stand out thanks to Acuna's strong sense of design and ability to render otherworldly imagery with ease. But on the whole, this issue doesn't measure up to those that came before.

The lack of payoff and resolution in this issue is aggravating, but all the more so because there's no telling when or if Remender's various loose ends will be addressed. Marvel has yet to confirm if a third Uncanny Avengers volume will be among their 60+ "All-New, All-Different Marvel" titles, and if so whether Remender will still be at the helm. Hopefully there's more to come, because when Uncanny Avengers is firing on all cylinders it's one of Marvel's best books. It would be a shame for a saga that began all the way back in 2010 with Uncanny X-Force to end on such an unceremonious note.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Uncanny Avengers # 5 - Review

It sucks.  Save your money.  I wish I had.

Rating: 5 pukes

Un-American Chronicles available now in ComiXology

As a favour to our friend Arion we're plugging his brand new comic title!   Congrats on your new venture and all the best!  

Here's the link!


And direct from his blog:

Hi everyone!

Today, instead of reviewing someone else’s work, I’m focusing on my own comic book: 
Un-American Chronicles, 4 stand-alone stories in one special issue: The Outsider (a horror story about a group of immoral kids that punish a defenseless woman with cruelty), It's Always the Statue of Liberty (an urban tale about 9/11; and about how, in fiction, a destroyed Statue of Liberty usually symbolizes the downfall of the US), Who Said It Was Easy? (a romantic comedy about a metamorphic woman who tries to seduce the guy next door) and Park (an erotic adventure in a public place…). 

You can get the comic in the following link:

It’s only 1 dollar, and if you buy it you can win comics. That’s right, it’s sweepstakes time! I’ve decided to give away Marvel digital codesto 2 lucky winners (everyone who buys my comic from June 21 to July 21 is eligible). The first prize includes digital codes valued at $19.98, and the second prize includes codes valued at $10.99. This is a magnificent opportunity to support independent comic books while taking a look at some well-known Marvel titles. 

All codes are to be redeemed through Marvel’s official website:

All you have to do to participate is buy Un-American Chronicles and rate it (from 1 to 5 stars). Once you’ve rated it on ComiXology’s website, you can send an email to with the words Un-American Chronicles Sweepstakes and that’s it. On July 21 I’ll send the codes to the winners via email. Good luck!

¡Hola a todos!

El día de hoy, en lugar de hablar de otros autores, me voy a enfocar en mi propio cómic: 
Un-American Chronicles, 4 historias auto-conclusivas en un sólo ejemplar: The Outsider (una historia de terror sobre un grupo de chiquillos inmorales que atormentan cruelmente a una mujer indefensa), It's Always the Statue of Liberty (un relato urbano sobre el 11 de setiembre, y sobre cómo, en la ficción, una Estatua de la Libertad destruida, por lo general, simboliza la caída de los Estados Unidos), Who Said It Was Easy? (una comedia romántica sobre una mujer metamórfica que trata de seducir al chico de al lado) y Park (una aventura erótica en un lugar público...).

Pueden encontrar el cómic en el siguiente link:

Está a sólo 1 dólar, y si lo compran se pueden ganar algunos cómics. Así es, es la hora del sorteo. He decidido regalar códigos digitales de Marvel a 2 afortunados ganadores (podrán ganar todos los que compren mi cómic del 21 de junio al 21 de julio). El primer premio incluye códigos digitales valorizados en $19.98, y el segundo premio incluye códigos valorizados en $10.99. Esta es una magnífica oportunidad para apoyar a los cómics independientes mientras le dan un vistazo a algunos de los títulos más conocidos de Marvel.

Todos los códigos serán procesados a través de la web oficial de Marvel:

Todo lo que tienen que hacer para participar es comprar Un-American Chronicles y darle una calificación (de 1 a 5 estrellas). Una vez que hayan efectuado la calificación en la página web de ComiXology, pueden enviar un email a con las palabras Sorteo Un-American Chronicles y eso es todo. El 21 de julio enviaré los códigos a los ganadores por email. ¡Buena suerte!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

More Floating Hands!!!

Floating Hands Ruins the Classics

X-Men: Messiah War Part 1

10 X-MEN Characters That DIDN'T Come From X-MEN Titles

From Newsarama:

Rogue comes on this list at # 4

Though she was always intended as a mutant, Rogue actually debuted in Avengers Annual #10 as a villain. It was in this appearance that Rogue absorbed the powers of Carol Danvers – Ms. Marvel at the time – granting her the flight and super-strength she had for many years.

It was not long after that that Rogue joined the X-Men under writer Chris Claremont’s guidance. In recent years, Rogue has returned to the pages of Avengers comics, appearing as part of the Avengers Unity Squad in Uncanny Avengers.

Friday, June 19, 2015


From CBR:  

Release date: June 24

• The truth that will shatter the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.

• War between the Low and High Evolutionary.

• An Avenger has to choose between his friends and a perfect future.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


From CBR:

Rogue fans rejoice -- there's new footage of Anna Paquin as the Southern mutant to be seen in the first teaser for "X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut." The new edit of the movie, which will be released on July 14reinserts a subplot involving Rogue and the future X-Men's rescue mission to free her from a Sentinel camp. 

The teaser, which can be seen below, features a who's who of mutants not left on the cutting room floor of 2014's "X-Men: Days of Future Past." "It's going to take all of us to win this war," says Ian McKellen's Magneto in voiceover, before Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) utters a name -- "Rogue."

"X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut" arrives on Blu-ray on July 14.

Monday, June 15, 2015

My New Ride

No Rogue news or previews lately, thought I'd post a few pics of my new motorcycle, a 2003 Suzuki GZ250 "Marauder".  I'm teaching myself how to ride, but I did take a motorcycle course years ago.  
I guess I'm trying to get in touch with my inner Rogue!  Maybe I'll luck out and meet a dashing Gambit?  LOL

Friday, June 5, 2015

Uncanny X-Men # 600

Thank you Rogue for posting this!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

VS!: The Great Rogue Costume Debate

From CBR:

Welcome to CBR's first ever installment of VS! The concept is completely simple, the amazing Brett White and I will pit some things (sometimes many things) against each other, weighing the pros and cons of each. Sometimes it will be serious, sometimes it will be for fun -- but mostly it will be for fun. And at the end of each, you can vote in a poll for whichever thing you prefer, or possibly just to spite us. 

This week, we begin in the most logical place possible for people of Brett's and my high-minded and finely refined tastes: debating the very many versions of our collective favorite superheroine Rogue's costumes over the years! Not all of them, though, as we're not sure any human could actually handle allof her costumes.

Obviously, this is one of those super-serious posts.

Kelly Thompson: So, I'm not a big fan of any of these, and I know you love the Orange Tunic, so I expect some exciting debate on that point. I like some things about Original Rogue -- the cut of the neck to accommodate the hood and that it has an almost asymmetrical vibe in the way the coat/top works. The boots annoy the hell out of me though.

Brett White: Orange Tunic is so preposterous and so not one of Rogue's colors that I kinda love it. It's like the Rolling Stones going disco -- it works because it shouldn't. This particular iteration of the original Rogue suit I'm lukewarm on. Paul Smith knocked it out of the park in the issues when Rogue first joined the team, so those I'm down with. This one is so much green.

Kelly: I guess one of the things I like about Original Rogue is that it doubles down on green -- I mean, it is fully committed to being green and probably really helped establish Rogue's signature color. With a few notable mostly-missteps, it's stayed her color, and that's probably thanks to the boldness of the green in this first iteration.

Brett: Oh yeah, green is definitely Rogue's color, and that makes a lot of sense. Green is usually a villainous color, and that reflects Rogue's bad guy past, and it kinda demonstrates how green she was when she first joined the X-Men. Green Jumpsuit Rogue is sporting some "9 To 5"-era realness and -- man, Kevin Wada or someone could make this work. Otherwise -- 

Kelly: That's a great point about villainy and green -- and I'm glad they didn't ditch it when she "went good." That said, I despise Green Jumpsuit Rogue and thought I could never love it -- until you said Kevin Wada, and you're right. He could totally make it work, I bet. Still, it looks nothing like a superhero costume, and also doesn't address Rogue's vibe or power set. From this drawing, and forgive me if I'm remembering this inaccurately, but those don't look like gloves you can take off to actually use your power, you know? Orange Tunic Rogue is better on that point since she can take her gloves off -- but it's really impractical as a superhero costume. How do you even raise your fists to punch the crap out of someone with sleeves like that?

Brett: I'm just now realizing how much that Orange Tunic looks like something found in Dorothy Zbornak's closet. 

Kelly: [Laughs] Stop thinking up all the best jokes, Brett. C'mon.

Kelly: Obviously this is where the magic begins to happen!

Brett: My favorite Rogue costume of all time is in this batch. So, you know, it's all downhill from here, sugah.

Kelly: I'm a big fan of all of these, to be honest. My favorite is actually Green & Black One Piece Rogue, but I can admit that it's flawed in the same way that Green Jumpsuit is when it comes to the gloves. But it was often drawn by Marc Silvestri and it just looked gorgeous. I am swayed sometimes by pretty things, okay!?

Brett: This statement I'm about to make proves how ridiculous comics are: I feel like the green bustier one-piece is too formal of a look for Rogue. See? That's preposterous. But it's how I feel. I like it, sure, but it's a little more Beyonce and not enough Joan Jett. That's why I prefer Belts & Booties or Bikini Bottoms Rogue to the One Piece. They're more rock and roll!

Kelly: No, I can see that. Rogue does need a little bit of punk rock to her -- my favorite iterations always embrace the punk. I like the idea of the belts on the Belts & Booties Rogue, but it honestly doesn't go far enough in that look to become a favorite of mine, and I don't dig the booties. But points to it for starting us off in the punk direction, though. Bikini BottomsRogue is a bit ridiculously sexy with its off the shoulder-ness and bikini bottoms and heeled boots, but like the one piece Silvestri drew a lot and I really liked Rogue at this time, so I associate good stories with it. Still, I'd never want to go back to it. It was of its time and fun and beautiful -- but its time has passed. 

And now, here we are. Leather Bomber Rogue, aka Jim Lee Rogue. This is, of course, the one most people know thanks to it being used in the high-profile Chris Claremont and Lee "X-Men" #1, and used on the Animated Series which brought legions of fans to comics -- including both of us, I believe, correct?

Brett: Yep! That cartoon got me into Marvel Comics (I'd read one or two Batman issues and a few G.I. Joes and '70s "Star Wars" at that point) and made me an X-Men fan for life -- specifically a fan of Rogue and Gambit. I firmly believe that the '90s X-Men cartoon, more so than with any of the other members of the cast, distilled those two down to their coolest parts and let them loose. Rogue was the team's muscle and was so cocky and cool and aggressive and sassy all at the same time.

Kelly: Yep. My teenage heart beat for Gambit and Rogue, and it was all launched by the animated series 'ship. I'm hugely fond of this one for nostalgia reasons, and the introduction of yellow was fun, plus the bomber jacket, so of it's time, sooooo cool. But with distance and time -- it's not my favorite look as there are some overly fussy elements for me. While I like Rogue in a jacket, if I have to pick between jacket and hood, I vote for hood, which I know are fighting words.

Brett: THIS IS WHERE WE VERSUS! I still think this is the best look she's ever had; I mean, it's also possible (definitely possible) I'm so far down a nostalgia hole that I'm on the other side of the planet. I love it, period, forever and ever, amen. I get that it's a lot of look -- hip belt, headband, leather jacket, big boots with straps. Somehow, I dunno, it just works. Maybe it's because this is the Rogue whose personality I enjoy most -- loud and confident and take charge. The costume itself is loud and aggressive while not being dark. Plus, jacket jacket jacket jacket jacket! I prefer jacket to hood, and I could probably work up a deep reason like, "The hood represents something she can hide under."

Kelly: Yes, I dig the jacket but if I have to choose between jacket and hood -- and you kinda of do -- unless you go hooded jacket -- a world in which everyone wins! -- I pick hood because it really fits Rogue's personality and power set. The ability to cover up and hide is just stronger with a hood, no matter how iconic the jacket it. I remember being so pleased that she had a hood in the first X-Men film. Sooo pleased.

Kelly: Shi'ar Space Rogue doesn't bother me so much, but only because it was clearly intended to be a temporary costume. She was in space; here was a suit she wore. End of story. It ends up feeling like a pretty significant look for her because there was a big Rogue/Gambit storyline going on around this time and they were stranded after coming back from space so it didn't go away immediately. If she had stayed in this costume or it had come back, I would hate it with the heat of a thousand suns, though. Pink is definitely not Rogue's signature color. Also "vacuum-sealed ass maximizer" would apply here -- see, already useful in its variations!

Brett: Ditto. yeah, this one screams "I lost my luggage on vacation in the Shi'ar empire" which is… kinda what happened? This one also became immortalized because they made an action figure of it! It was the second Rogue toy that's been made, and, come to think of it, that makes it one of the 3 Rogue costumes that have been turned into figures. Jim Lee's design is everywhere, this one, and then: Darkest Timeline.

Kelly: Yeah. Talk about not a signature color. Darkest Timeline Rogue. Red and Black make literally no sense for the character. I get that they wanted to try something new, but I wish they'd had some respect for the green. You spend decades building it up as her defining color, and then you just throw literally everything out. You can be innovative and do something new without throwing the baby out with the bathwater, right? Hell, even the haircut sucked. Thigh highs and a weird pseudo thong? Just, no.

Brett: I think red and black were the X-TREME team's extreme color palette. This feels one hundred percent like a uniform and not something that Rogue would choose to wear herself for all the reasons you stated. Part of me wishes Rogue would have accessorized this look in her trademark color so we could call this X-TREME CHRISTMAS ROGUE.

Kelly: X-Treme Christmas Rogue. Would watch. Moving on -- thank the gods for Chris Bachalo. I lovehis return to the original costume, with a twist. The white really makes that all green costume work. I lovethe return of the hood after so very long without it. I can't remember if the costume came back with the cape first or without, but I prefer without. The cape looks great, but just practically makes no sense for a character like Rogue.

Brett: The costume first came back during the Steve Seagle/Joe Kelly era, following Scott Lobdell's departure. For a while artists were alternating between her Shi'ar pink outfit and Bachalo's homage to her original suit. Then when the Mike Carey run on "X-Men" started, Bach added the cape. I'm fine with these. Honestly the problem is, I associate Rogue and her silhouette with a jacket so much that when she's wearing the original duds, she looks incomplete to me. It's a solid design, but -- this is dumb -- I keep worrying that she's cold?! 

Kelly: Cold? Really? That is -- so so weird, Brett. So weird.

Brett: I know! It may be because the fabric reads as cotton to me, and for some weird reason that bugs me? I'm being ridiculous. Otherwise, yeah, this is classic!

Kelly: I'm glad you can acknowledge that you're being ridiculous. Everyone is excited that you know that. ;) Okay, so before we get to Rogue's most modern and current looks, let's take a little sidestep into some of the weird Outliers and Alternate Reality costumes:

Kelly: House of M Rogue is very un-Rogue, but for the alternate reality setting, I dig it.

Brett: Yeah, I think this is a few tweaks away from being a solid Rogue look -- like replacing the navy blue for green and the white for yellow. I like the epaulettes and the high collar elements a lot; a high collar actually makes sense, considering her power set.

Kelly: And the braids are basically adorable. So, Ultimate X-Men Rogue is pretty basic with really generic elements that don't fit Rogue well including the long hard to take off gloves. I respect the attempt to make blue Rogue's color in the ultimate universe -- but even there it couldn't manage to stick.

Brett: More like this Rogue is basic. This design looks like an anti-design. I know there's an argument to be made against designs being too fussy, sure, but this one has almost no personality. Between this and X-TREME, I'm now realizing that Rogue's a character that doesn't do team uniforms well.

Kelly: Yeah, that's interesting. She has such personality as a character, and such a clear sense of style, jamming her into the team uniform really doesn't play well. Ultimate Trenchcoat Rogue. Awful. You know, it's kind of like this is just two costumes, awkwardly jammed together -- trench and boots thrown onto a less impressive version of the Jim Lee costume.

Brett: This is a sidestep -- and a step back -- from the Jim Lee costume. I don't get it. Honestly, this costume has always read in my head as, "The artists forgot how to draw the Jim Lee design." I'm also realizing that I don't see comics how artists want me to see them, sometimes?

Kelly: What's to say about Ultimate Strangle Me Rogue? Cute drawing, but it makes no sense. The top bits are a total liability, the colors are as drab as can be, and the shoes are -- I mean, are those the ugliest shoes ever? I guess at least they're practical?

Brett: Those are some Payless shoes, for sure. Rogue, to me, is rock and roll. She's not student body president. 

Kelly: And now here we are, for better or worse, modern day Rogue!

Kelly: Though Mike Carey's work with Rogue in "X-Men Legacy" is excellent, I hated this Chaps (and often cowboy boots) look for her. It feels really forced and dated and also just awkward -- and not like a superhero. I also don't really buy it as like, "she's Southern so she -- likes chaps and cowboy boots."

Brett: I like everything about this costume from the waist up. The chaps and -- are those flared legs?! They're a lot much. But in general, I do like elements like cowboy boots and things in her wardrobe -- like what she wore on her road trip with Iceman in the mid-'90s. This is totally my bias, being from Nashville, but anything I could imagine actual hip, cool southern people wearing, I'm down for Rogue wearing. Boots? Yes. Chaps? Lord no!

Kelly: Well, for what it's worth, the barely wearing anything road trip Rogue -- daisy duke cut offs and bizarre strapless bustier and cowboy boots -- teenage me really loved. Although in retrospect, she was really messing with Bobby's head there, which feels very un-Rogue to me. I can see the cowboy boots working in some context, but not this one!  I totally dig Age of X Rogue -- like, it would not make sense for everyday Rogue to wear this, but for Reaper/Legacy Rogue, it so worked. I love the mostly black with just a hint of green. So great.

Brett: This is fantastic. It definitely doesn't make sense with the brawler-type Rogue that I prefer (I can't imagine all that fabric being practical in a scrap) but I love the black/green combo. It's a quick way to update her classic color scheme, too; it feels fresh and classic at the same time.

Kelly: Here, we enter a weird phase where I really like some things, but others are really not great. The tunic is cool and pretty original, and I love the low belt. The green and white is nice and simple and clean. I hate the weird scarf bib thing -- what is that even about??? Is that a callback to Hope's (equally ugly) scarf bib thing? It's both ugly as sin and makes no sense from a practicality standpoint. I'm not wild about the pouch, especially since I have literally never seen Rogue take anything out of a pouch and use it. I am also not a big fan of having so many X's on her costume -- 4 X's seems excessive. We get it, Rogue -- you're an X-Man.

Brett: I was really excited when this costume came along, because it felt like the first decent and totally new concept costume she'd had since the Jim Lee one; all the others were either hideous or went back to a variation on her original look. Now that you mention it, I think the costume would work better with just the shoulder X's, and the scarf is ridiculous, but I love the big belt. I'm a fan of belts and pouches and jackets. On the negative side, this costume features a front zipper that indulged many artists' worst, most-cheesecakey habits. I'm leaning into my stereotype as a '90s X-Men fan!

Kelly: Oh yeah, this began an awful period of many artists unzipping Rogue to an insane degree. We interviewed Ed Brubaker on 3 Chicks a while back and he was talking about how he sort of regretted the great Catwoman outfit they designed because it encouraged so much unzipping. We just can't have nice things I guess because that's also a great costume.

Moving on -- I'm a huge fan of Olivier Coipel's X-Men take (Classic Re-imagined Rogue) it's a really smart updated take on the old classic that brings in the tunic element that she'd been wearing in recent years -- a really nice blend of old and new actually. I like basically everything about it, and you know I love the return of the hood. Hoods4Eva, Brett. HOODS4EVA.

Brett: I will say this is the best interpretation of her classic look to date. I dig the boots -- I like big boots! It doesn't hurt that Rogue, in this run, was a total bad ass who derailed a train with just her strength. I'm going to say exactly what you think I'm gonna say -- this costume would totally work with a brown bomber jacket, and it would be dope. Yes, hood andjacket, it can work!

Kelly: [Laughs] I think a jacket witha hood could work on a redesign of this, but a jacket over this as a costume and not just something she "put on because she was cold!" would be overkill, I think.

I'm mixed on Acuña's take for the new book. We haven't seen much yet, so we'll have to see how it works in practice, but I have to admit that this initial illustration is very pretty. The cut is too low in the cleavage area, but the way the top is cut, plus the hood, creates some really great lines. I like the white as accent only, but again, the huge X on her stomach just seems excessive and makes even less sense now that it's not on her chest. I mean, who puts a logo for something on their tummy?

Brett: The lines on this are really gorgeous, but then again, Acuña can make everything look modern and appealing to me. Little bit of face palm with the cleavage, but I do like how it flows into the hood. The stomach X is weird, like Rogue's being followed around by a graphic from a Pepto-Bismol commercial.

Kelly: [Laughs] As usual, you get in the better (and last) joke. Unfair, man. Unfair. I should have picked someone less funny to write these with!

Okay, so it's time to vote. Let's be real, everyone knows what you're voting for -- I made mine a bit mysterious (even I don't know yet!) but make yours official for everyone playing at home.

Brett: Jim Lee Rogue, until the end of time. It's what Rogue looks like when I think of her in my head, and also when I look around my office -- because I have three different action figures of this very costume on display.

Kelly: You are completely devoted. Points for loyalty! I get no such points. Alright. And I'm going to go with -- you know, I thought it was neck and neck with one of the '80s punk Silvestri Rogue's and the Bachalo 2 (no cape) Rogue -- but I think I'm officially giving it to Classic Re-Imagined Rogue by Coipel. At this point it naturally feels a bit more modern and clean than the others I was considering. It really does make the best of the nostalgia factor while updating it for new audiences, and that's a hard line to walk. 

Alright folks, thanks for reading. We know this got suuuuper long. We'll (I'll?) try to be briefer next time. And don't forget to vote on your own favorite!