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Review: Gambit #1

Gambit #1

Marvel has been on a nostalgia and retro kick lately. Creators go back in time to fill in gaps during their runs with new stories. Sometimes it works and sometimes it falls a bit flat. Gambit #1 is that type of story. It takes us back to the early days of Gambit and Ororo’s relationship. She’s been de-aged, now just a kid, and he has as thick of an accent as ever.

Chris Claremont, the writer of the time, returns to plot the tale and it’s as if he never left. That’s not necessarily a good thing. While the comic doesn’t quite have the same style Claremont used back in the day it picks up on the storylines with little refreshers. It’s been a long time since I read the original comics this revolves around. While I remember general plots specifics have long since gone. I found myself reading the issue feeling like I had missed something. Gambit #1 feels like you pick up a comic mid-way through its run.

That’s not a good feeling at all.

As such, I struggled to enjoy the comic until well into the issue. It began to focus a bit with its conflicts. While I don’t remember where the animosity came from, I could work with what was given. One person was bad and a major threat. Gambit and Ro are good. There you go, it’s all you need at that point. Of course that gets derailed as Claremont introduces a character at the end like we should know who it is. Maybe we should? Who knows. As I said, it’s been decades since I read the original comics.

The art by Sid Kotian is ok. It has a retro style to it in some ways but overall it’s a look I’m not a fan of. Beyond Gambit, the characters have a weird mix of 80s and 90s with shapes of heads often not quite right and details coming and going. Espen Grundetjern‘s color looks nice with again a bit of a blend between the 80s and 90s and Clayton Cowles provides the lettering. Just overall, it’s an art style I’m not a fan of. Nothing stands out as exciting and there’s some visuals that make no sense at all.

Gambit #1 plays into the nostalgia crowd. Unless you absolutely loved this moment for the X-Men, these characters, or Claremont, it’s an issue that doesn’t make a case of why it’s needed. It hasn’t yet revealed anything particularly interesting. It hasn’t made itself vital. It also has a choppy sense in its narrative. It feels like a missed opportunity for one of the best to return to revisit a classic era.

Story: Chris Claremont Art: Sid Kotian
Color: Espen Grundetjern Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: Zeus ComicscomiXology/Kindle

Preview: Gambit #1 (of 5)

Gambit #1 (of 5)

(W) Chris Claremont (A) Sid Kotian (CA) Whilce Portacio
RATED T+
In Shops: Jul 27, 2022
SRP: $3.99

ALL-NEW ADVENTURES OF THE LEGENDARY THIEF BY CO-CREATOR CHRIS CLAREMONT!
You think you know all there is to know about Remy LeBeau, the Ragin’ Cajun, the mutant known as GAMBIT – but legendary X-scribe Chris Claremont has an ace up his sleeve with this new series! Before he joined the X-MEN, Gambit encountered a mysterious girl named ‘RO – the mutant STORM regressed to her child self by the nefarious NANNY – and the two went up against the forces of the SHADOW KING! Now, revealed for the first time, Gambit finds his path to becoming the heroic X-Man millions of fans call their favorite! Joined by rising star artist Sid Kotian, Chris weaves a story of action, intrigue and revenge that made Gambit the mutant he is and forged his relationship with Storm. You’ll get a charge out of this one, mon ami!

Gambit #1 (of 5)

Get a look at Chris Claremont’s return to the X-Men in Gambit #1!

The legend returns! Chris Claremont, the writer who defined the X-Men and crafted the franchise’s most influential stories, is back with a brand-new X-Men saga starring one his most popular co-creations—GAMBIT! Featuring artwork by rising star Sid Kotian, colors by Espen Grundetgern, and lettering by Clayton Cowles, Gambit is be a five-issue limited series that invites fans back to the exciting time when Gambit and a de-aged Storm forged an everlasting bond as they thieved their way along the Mississippi River!

The series will unearth a wide range of previously untold adventures, from a brush with the Shadow King to an array of earthbound and out of this world escapades, that gives Claremont a chance to further explore Gambit’s path to becoming a heroic X-Man as well as reveal new insights into another trademark character of his, Storm, at a pivotal moment in her history. Get your first look at this story of action, intrigue and revenge in new interior artwork and variant covers by all-star artists Salvador Larroca and Edgar Delgado, Peach Momoko, Scott Williams and Sebastian Cheng, and InHyuk Lee and a main cover by Whilce Portactio and Alex Sinclair!

Get charged up for this long-awaited X-Saga when Gambit #1 hits stands on July 27! 

Superhero High Fashion Returns to the Hellfire Gala

This year’s Hellfire Gala will once again be a night overflowing with action, drama, and FASHION. And this time around, mutants won’t be the only ones slaying the Green Carpet. The other heroes of the Marvel Universe are getting into the fun with extremely stylish looks of their own, all designed by some of the industry’s most inventive artists! Superstar Russell Dauterman returns to lead the campaign to elevate Marvel Comics fashion like never before alongside artists Carmen Carnero, Iban Coello, Chris Bachalo, Jen Bartel, Mateus Manhanini, Mahmud Asrar, Miguel Mercado, Meghan Hetrick, InHyuk Lee, and Eric D’Urso. Combining real fashion trends with classic super hero aesthetics, mutant power signatures, and more, these bold takes on your favorite Marvel characters can be seen in both the upcoming X-Men: Hellfire Gala one-shot and on a series of 20 gorgeous variant covers throughout June!

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #5 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN – Spider-Man
  • BLACK PANTHER #7 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by ERICA D’URSO – Captain Marvel
  • FANTASTIC FOUR #45 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN – Doctor Doom
  • IRON MAN #21 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by IBAN COELLO – Iron Man
  • MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #39 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN – Black Widow
  • MOON KNIGHT #12 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN – Scarlet Witch
  • WOLVERINE #22 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN – Wolverine
  • AVENGERS #57 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by CARMEN CARNERO – Captain America
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: SYMBOL OF TRUTH #2 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by MATEUS MANHANINI – Captain America
  • GAMBIT #2 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN – Gambit
  • HULK #8 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN – She-Hulk
  • KNIGHTS OF X #3 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by MAHMUD ASRAR – Rogue
  • MARAUDERS #4 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN – Synch
  • X-MEN RED #4 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by JEN BARTEL – Jean Grey
  • IMMORTAL X-MEN #4 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by MEGHAN HETRICK – Emma Frost
  • LEGION OF X #3 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN – Havok
  • NEW MUTANTS #27 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN – Magik

Diamond Select Toys New in Stores: Star Wars, X-Men and an Amazing Friend!

It’s a new month, and a new shipment of products has arrived at your local comic shop! Items from Marvel and Star Wars, including mini-busts, Minimates, Gallery Dioramas and Legends in 3D are all on sale this week!

Marvel Animated X-Men Gambit 1/7 Scale Resin Mini-Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Based on the original X-Men animation from the 1990s, this approximately 6-inch bust of Gambit is inspired by his appearance in the series, wielding his staff and playing cards. Featuring a cartoon-accurate paint scheme and line-perfect sculpting, this bust is limited to only 3,000 pieces and comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Paul Harding! Item #JAN211966

Marvel Comic Gallery Firestar PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! This Gallery Diorama is smoking hot! Depicting New Warrior, Avenger and Spider-Man amazing friend Firestar, this sculpture shows her soaring into the sky, fire at her fingertips. Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, this dynamic figure is made of high-quality PVC and  features detailed sculpting and paint applications; the flames are cast in translucent material to catch the light. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Uriel Caton, sculpted by Alejandro Pereira. Item #DEC202075

Marvel Comic Minimates Series 81 Dark Phoenix Saga Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Dark Phoenix has risen! The intergalactic force of nature is back, and this all-new 81st series of Marvel Minimates captures the storyline in 2-inch mini-figure form! Two-packs of Cyclops with Lilandra, Phoenix with Gladiator, and Dark Phoenix with Corsair make up this assortment, and each features 14 points of articulation as well as interchangeable parts and accessories. Each pair comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Barry Bradfield! Item #MAY212110

Marvel Comic Minimates Series 81 Dark Phoenix Saga Asst.

Star Wars A New Hope TIE Fighter Pilot Legends in 3D ½ Scale Resin Bust

A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! Watch out, Red Leader! This menacing TIE Fighter pilot is coming up on your six o’clock, and the newest Legend in 3D! Standing approximately 10 inches tall atop a mechanical-looking pedestal, this half-scale bust captures the iconic helmet design with detailed sculpting and paint applications. Limited to only 1,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Oluf Hartvigsen. Item #MAR212002

Take Your Marvel Zombies on the Go

Braaiins! Marvel Zombies get shrunk into keychain form with Pop! Keychain: Marvel Zombies. You can choose from Thor, Gambit, and Doctor Doom!


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Marvel Zombies Gets a Second Wave of Pop!s

Braaaiiins! Get into a zombie state of mind with new Marvel Zombies Funko Pop!s. The new wave of releases includes zombified versions of Thor, Gambit, Doctor Doom, Red Hulk, and MODOK.

You can get pre-ordering them now.


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Diamond Select Toys 2021 Sneak Peek: Avatar, Invincible, Mandalorian and More!

The new year is upon us, and Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant Ltd. have another sneak peek at their upcoming products for 2021! Opening for pre-order today, new items from Avatar: The Last Airbender, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Godzilla, Invincible, Marvel, and Star Wars will be sure to make your resolution list for the new year. Find a comic shop at comicshoplocator.com or order from your favorite online retailer!

Avatar: The Last Airbender Deluxe Action Figures Series 4 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The action continues with the fourth series of deluxe action figures based on Avatar: The Last Airbender! Sokka comes with his boomerang, and he teams up with Final Battle Aang, with his removable elemental effect pieces and glider accessory. Each figure features approximately 16 points of articulation, as well as interchangeable hands. Each figure comes packaged in a full-color window box with hangtag. Designed by Eamon O’Donoghue, sculpted by Richard Force! (JAN211964, SRP: $24.99/ea.)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Gallery Angel PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Get ready to vamp out! The vampire Angel leaps into action in this all-new diorama based on the original BTVS television series! Has he gone fully evil, or is he just really mad? Who cares, because this 10-inch sculpture of the vampire with a soul features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and is made of high-quality PVC! It comes packaged in a full-color window box.   Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Jorge Santos Souza! (JAN211963, SRP: $49.99)

Godzilla Gallery Godzilla 1993 Deluxe PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The next Godzilla Gallery Diorama is coming, this time based on the poster for 1993’s Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II! Measuring approximately 11 inches tall, this sculpture of the big G holding the remains of the gunship Garuda is crafted of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint details. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Jorge Santos Souza. Displays with Rodan, available now! (JAN211971, SRP: $89.99)

Invincible Animation Deluxe Action Figures Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The long-running comic series from Skybound is now an animated series, and DST is delivering all-new action figures! Up-and-coming superhero Invincible and his alien father Omni-Man make up the first assortment of 7-inch figures, each with 16 points of articulation and interchangeable heads and hands, as well as various accessories: a concrete block and Flaxan arm for Omni-Man, a Reanimen head for Invincible, and baseball gloves for both! Each comes packaged in a full-color window box with hangtag. Sculpted by Chris Dahlberg! (JAN211962, SRP: $24.99/ea.)

Marvel Animated X-Men Gambit 1/7 Scale Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Based on the original X-Men animation from the 1990s, this approximately 6-inch bust of Gambit is inspired by his appearance in the series, wielding his staff and playing cards. Featuring a cartoon-accurate paint scheme and line-perfect sculpting, this bust is limited to only 3,000 pieces and comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Paul Harding! (JAN211966, SRP: $59.99)

Marvel Comic Premier Collection Rhino Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Nothing can stop the Rhino! The Spider-Man foe takes center stage in the Premier Collection as an all-new statue, showing the horned villain with his head lowered, ready to charge. Standing approximately 9 inches tall, this statue features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and is limited to only 3,000 pieces; it comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Caesar and hand-sculpted by Clayburn Moore! (JAN211965, SRP: $250.00)

Marvel Comic Gallery VS Captain America PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s a new line of Marvel Gallery Dioramas for the new decade! Depicting your favorite Marvel heroes in combat, the new VS series kicks off with none other than Captain America, hurling his shield as he races into the fray. Measuring approximately 10” tall, this sculpture is made of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Nelson X. Asencio, hand-sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (JAN211967, SRP: $49.99)

Legends in 3D Star Wars Ahsoka Tano Half-Scale Bust

A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! She’s one of the most popular characters in Star Wars fandom, and now Ahsoka Tano is a Legend in 3D! This approximately 10-inch bust captures the Jedi Knight in ½ scale, atop a sculpted, lightsaber-inspired pedestal. Limited to only 1,000 pieces, she features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and comes packaged in a numbered, full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. (JAN211969, SRP: $175.00)

Star Wars Mandalorian Mandalorian & Child Milestones 1/6 Scale Statue

A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! The Mandalorian rockets into the sky, Child in hand, in this all-new Milestones statue based on the hit Disney+ TV series! Depicting the unlikely duo in flight, this 1/6 scale, approximately 16-inch statue is limited to only 1,000 pieces and comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. (JAN211968, SRP: $350.00)

The Mandalorian Child with Pram 1/6 Scale Statue

A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! When it comes to rides in The Mandalorian, there are none quite so classy as the Child’s pram. Grogu chills in style as he cruises along above the ground in his hovering baby carriage, and now you can enjoy the sleek design in this 1/6 scale statue! Measuring approximately 5.5 inches tall, this piece features detailed sculpting and paint applications and a clear support rod to mimic flight. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. (JAN211970, SRP: $120.00)

Unboxing: One:12 Collective Gambit

Gambit brings his charms to Mezco Toyz’s One:12 Collective. The figure has over 28 points of articulation with lots of accessories and features. He sports his classic armored suit including gloves, overcoat, boots, and more details of his iconic look.

What’d we think? Find out!

You can get yours now:
Mezco (waitlist)
Big Bad Toy Store
Amazon

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Funko Reveals New Rogue and Gambit X-Men Classic Pop!s

At the London Toy Fair, Funko revealed a massive wave of new Pop! figures. Rogue and Gambit get two new Pop!s depicting their classic X-Men look. Both are available for pre-order and will be released soon. Gambit even has a glow-in-the-dark Entertainment Earth exclusive.

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