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C2E2 Interview: James Asmus Deals GAMBIT a New Deck

Gambit's going solo this summer and appears to be up to his old ways.

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Last week Marvel teased a new Gambit series coming this August. There was no information what the series would be about or who was involved. Yesterday at C2E2, those questions were revealed. James Asmus will be writing the new Gambit series with Clay Mann doing the art.

As Gambit tries to adjust to life as an authority figure at Wolverine's school, he decides to do the one thing that will bring him peace - be the greatest thief in the Marvel Universe. Gambit will be setting his sights on the biggest score yet. Of course some treasures come with a high price and Gambit will be traveling the world to learn the secrets behind a mysterious artifact that's more than meets the eye. When he thinks he has it all figured out, Gambit's going to meet the one person who might just be his better. And she won't let him get away.

We took this opportunity to ask James a few questions about the upcoming GAMBIT series.

Comic Vine: How will the tone compare to his appearances in ASTONISHING X-MEN and X-MEN LEGACY? Are you steering clear from the more 'superhero' angle? Will this take place in some of the darker corners of the Marvel Universe?

James Asmus: Our book is going to focus squarely on Gambit as a man of mixed and complicated morality, thieving his way through the Marvel Universe. I’m hoping to capture my favorite aspects of movies like Raiders of the Lost Arc or the Mission Impossible movies - and inject them with all the bizarre, rich, and amazing locales and elements of Marvel Comics. Because, honestly, the only thing that can make sexy heist stories better would be adding stuff like magic, monsters, or mutants.

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CV: With Gambit going back towards his thieving ways, is the focus going to be mainly on Remy or will other X-Men make appearances? What about X-23?

JA: It will be several issues before any of the X-Men make an appearance. They’ll appear rarely, and only when the story calls for it. My hope is pull Gambit deeper in the broader Universe and let him make friends and enemies in the places we don’t normally see the X-Men.

The other part of this is the idea that we really want this book to be as accessible as possible to new readers. I literally lost count of how many people have told me they either stopped reading comics, or X-Men comics, or never read comics in the first place – but that they love Gambit! So as much as anything, I want to make a book that fits into the broader Marvel landscape, and still has its consequences. But I’ll be making sure that every time characters or backstory are brought into the book – I will weave in everything you need to understand who they are or the significance of what’s happening. And in that sense, it’s very helpful to have my wife read the stuff and tell me what she does and doesn’t get – just so I don’t take any knowledge for granted.

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CV: Gambit's always been a bit of a ladies' man, will we see that played up or is he dedicated to Rogue?

JA: Oh, make no mistake – he’s a free agent right now. And I plan to take full advantage of that fact. I think one of the greatest aspects of Gambit’s character is his flirtatious charm. And that fits perfectly with the sexy spy/heist type of angle we’re crafting for the book. So there will be plenty of love interests – new and old – tied up in his dirty business.

CV: Do you plan on having Gambit keep the purple suit?

JA: NO! Actually, the first question I asked when the offered me the job was – “Can we change his uniform?” Apparently, Clay Mann (our series artist) asked the same thing! So there’s even a little joke about it in the first issue before we introduce Clay’s redesign for the book. I don’t know if other people will keep using the purple/pink number – but to me it just made zero sense having a guy who’s trying to sneak around wearing that outfit. And, as much as I’ve always loved Gambit, I’ve always hated his weird anti-mask.

CV: How often does Gambit shave and how does he constantly maintain that 5 o'clock shadow?

JA: Same way I do! The secret is to use an electric trimmer, rather than fully shave.

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Posted By jsphsmth

Will be giving this a try along with Hawkeye this August.

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Posted By MyraMyraMyra

This project keeps sounding better and better. I'm really looking forward to this!

I wonder if the female rival thief they alluded to is an entirely new character, or some pre-established character like the Black Cat.

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Posted By Planewalker

OK bringing Clay Mann into this book is like the best idea ever, I loved his age of x arc, it kinda inspired me to start drawing again... lets hope this Gambit has a suit similar to AoX which was really cool.

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Posted By longbowhunter

I seriously doubt I'll pick this up, but the concept sounds cool. I dig the cover too!

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Posted By ravisher

i like gambit og suit

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Posted By God_Spawn

Definitely taking a liking to this.

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Posted By The Poet

I don't usually get Marvel, but this does sound fun...

of course they said Green Arrow was going to be a spy book as well...but I have more faith in this series creators. I want to get the #1 issue just to see how it goes.

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Posted By RedheadedAtrocitus

This does sound intriguing, this particular book. I'm interested in how the costume redesign will be and what Asmus has in store for that. Go Remy!

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Posted By scottyhanstein

I'm a DC guy trying to get into more Marvel. At the moment, I'm reading the following Marvel books: Daredevil, Punisher, Winter Soldier. While I highly doubt this series will be better than any of the series I just mentioned, it does look promising, at least to a Marvel noob like myself. I agree with the post above about the original suit, I prefer that look to this but I'll embrace it if it's a good book. Definitely going to give it a chance.

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Posted By natejoseph09

I'm loving the sound of this more and more.

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Posted By JonesDeini

Loved Mann's work on Age of X/Legacy, he definitely has a knack for drawing Remy. Like his costume redesign, makes sense that Gambit would have a more Solid Snake/Superhero look when doing his own thing.

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Edited By Solarflare32

I wonder if that other thief pulse will show up again

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Posted By jcbart

Clay Mann's involvement in the book just solidified a purchase from me. He's one of the best artists at Marvel. Liking the costume redesign aswell.

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Posted By wmwadeii

Hmm, I'm thinking a Catwoman type series, where he lives on the edge of being good and stealing for the thrill.

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Posted By The Impersonator

A Gambit solo movie would also be sweet to watch.

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Posted By leokearon

Sounds Interesting

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Posted By Jonny_Anonymous

I'll be checking this out

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Posted By Lantern Prime

I'm sold.... I love Gambit....

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Posted By Mega_spidey01

sounds interesting, can't wait to read this !

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Posted By Smart_Dork_Dude

SWEET GUMBO!!!! Gotta check this out!!!

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Posted By Mercy_


I can't...I just. Unffff. One of my favorite characters, one of my favorite artists, one of my favorite up and coming writers. Marvel...have you been tapping into my dreams?

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Posted By Metatron_Da_Don

At first sounded like a retread, but:

Gambit = Indiana Jones with superpowers

Sounds cool. Gambit as Marvel's Indiana Jones sounds relatively unique/fresh and like a great comic premise.

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Posted By X35

@Mercy_ said:



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I like where this is going. Again, I definitely have a lot of faith when someone does something because the idea and enthusiasm came to them, rather than the numbers suggested it and someone was tasked. I like that the writer seems pressed to deviate from the norm here and try and create a more refreshing world and open to creative output. And it's Gambit who is great, there's that too, lol.

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Posted By Miss_Garrick

While I'm disappointed that Gambit's awesome magenta costume won't show up, I'm still a little intrigued.Gambit is one of two guys who can rock the magenta look.


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Posted By marvel_chic

so can't wait to read this!

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Posted By Baberaham_Lincoln

That's it, i'm getting this and Hawkeye. Always wanted to read a Gambit comic.... hmm

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Posted By lykopis

@X35 said:

@Mercy_ said:



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Posted By shol

Not a fan of Gambit but I do love Asmus' and Mann's work so I just might give this series a try.

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Posted By HannibalKing

I'm a bit saddened that they will be changing the costume. I think part of Gambit's charm is that he can wear such a costume and still be the master thief he is. Let's face it, you have to have some special talent to be arguably the best thief there is while you're wearing fuchsia.

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Posted By jrock85

@MyraMyraMyra said:

This project keeps sounding better and better. I'm really looking forward to this!

I wonder if the female rival thief they alluded to is an entirely new character, or some pre-established character like the Black Cat.

To me it sounds like an original character. I'm not quite sure how I feel about someone possibly being a better thief than he is. If she was that good, he should have heard about her by now.

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Posted By The Poet

@X35 said:


are you excited for this series :P

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Edited By RiddlingGambit

This sounds amazing being a Gambit fan and all. I like that the other X-Men will appear rarely, and that there will be no pink/purple to his costume, because although It looked cool at times it didn't make much sense (whereas his Xtreme X-Men costume was more practical). Marvel has redeemed themselves in my eyes. I was almost done with the cancellation of X-23, but I am for sure checking out this new Gambit series.

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Posted By Gambit1024

I have faith in you Marvel. Don't f*ck this up. 

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Posted By Aiden Cross
And, as much as I’ve always loved Gambit, I’ve always hated his weird anti-mask.

+1 for him

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Posted By ragdollpurps

Dat cover. Dat art. Dat logo. DAT PURPLE NEGATIVE SPACE. Hot damn.

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Posted By nakobass

I'll pick this up in the Fall. I've been waiting for a Gambit Solo.

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Posted By daredevil21134

Fee Agent,I ike that

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Posted By Cavemold

I'll get if it's 2.99

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Posted By Kaaable

cant wait gambit and hawkeye :D

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Posted By JonesDeini

@Gambit1024 said:

I have faith in you Marvel. Don't f*ck this up.

Put not faith in the company...only in the writer. The former shall let you down every time...the latter, well slightly less often depending on who.

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@JonesDeini said:

@Gambit1024 said:

I have faith in you Marvel. Don't f*ck this up.

Put not faith in the company...only in the writer. The former shall let you down every time...the latter, well slightly less often depending on who.

Of course. How stupid of me.

Edit: If you happen to be Jeph Loeb, please do not highlight and read the spoiler block. I repeat: If you are Jeph Loeb, for the love of God, do NOT READ THE SPOILER BLOCK.

Mr. Asmus, I have faith in you. But I swear to Christ that if there's a red version of Gambit that punches Uatu in the face just because, has a bullsh*t explaination for lifting Mjolnir and defeating Thor, or if there's the slightest hint toward World War Gambits, I'll hunt you down. ...Well, not really, but I'll be pretty damn mad.

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Posted By ProRush

Gambit meets Raiders sounds just as good as peanut butter and cheese whiz! Its great on toast it really is!!!!!!

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Posted By stumpy49er

Wow! My favorite character finally getting another solo comic. I love Clay Manns work on AoX, but I really don't know anything about James Asmus. I'm cuatiously excited. I hope it's everything I've wanted out of a Gambit solo and if it is, I hope it has a very good, long run.

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Posted By KidSupreme

Wow looks good :D

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Posted By captainpojoe

Wow gambit looks awesome i can't wait to see this. he makes me love marvel!!!!!!

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Posted By rogue_mar1e

Sahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh excited

Except I don't know what to make of

So there will be plenty of love interests – new and old


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