In recent years, Gambit has become the most confusing character on the Marvel roster. He is easily one of the most popular X-Men to ever grace the page of a comic, yet whenever he gets his own solo series, it turns out to be nothing more than an expensive birdcage liner. First, in 1999, the company launched Gambit in hopes of replicating the success of Wolverine’s solo comic. The result was a creatively flat endeavor that only lasted a meager 25 issues. And then in 2004, Gambit was relaunched, but this time it only lasted 12 issues.
Well Marvel is back on the horse after it announced that Gambit will be the star of yet another solo title this August by writer James Asmus and artist Clay Mann, according to Comic Book Resources. At the Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo, Asmus gave some details on the book during Marvel’s “Next Big Thing” panel.
"This book focuses on the two most important aspects of Gambit: #1 that he's sexy, and #2 that he's the preeminent bad ass thief of the Marvel Universe," the writer said. “It lets us refresh and do new things with the crime capers involving our classic bad ass."
The book won’t be necessarily rebooting the character, but the company is focused on making it as easy to get into for new fans as possible. However, Asmus also noted during the panel that he wants to make the book appeal to old school fans of the X-Men cartoon from the ‘90s as well.
We'll have a definite release date for Gambit when it becomes available.
[via Comic Book Resources]