The Adventures Of The X-Men #8
Marvel (November, 1996)
WRITER: Ralph Macchio
PENCILER: Andy Kuhn
INKER: Ralph Cabrera
COLORIST: Paul Becton
LETTERER: Michael Higgins
EDITOR: Mark Bernardo
Gambit’s brother is set to marry his ex-lover, Bella Donna. He travels back to New Orleans in the hopes of talking him out of it. It turns out that, just as Remy thought, it was a trick. Bella Donna was actually after the Immortality Elixir that the Thieves have. Remy’s brother is killed and Gambit, learning what she was really after, destroys the Elixir. After his brother is buried, Gambit goes back to the mansion.
What they got right: I give them credit for going back to Remy’s old life with the Thieves versus Assassins in New Orleans, since the first few seasons of the Fox cartoon (the ones that were adapted) are still canon in this series. I would also give them credit for trying to get the Cajun accent into the dialog.
What they got wrong: Then again, it hard to sit through de dialog when dat accent is the only t’ing you read for most o’ the story. It kind of got on my nerves in a short amount of time. There’s also this shot of Jubilee bending over to blast some bottles backwards that just comes off weird-looking and an odd attempt at making a teenage girl look sexy in bad artwork. The Elixir as far as I remember comes out of nowhere. This this subplot about Gambit not wanting to charge his cards with his mutant powers that goes nowhere except away quickly, being cute at first as he shows off what he can do with the cards themselves (foreshadowing how he destroyed the Elixir vials) but I’m not sure how that was resolved. Finally, it’s Gambit. Gambit has only slightly more fans than Northstar, but not by much.
Recommendation: There’s nothing to really enjoy here. Just walk past it if you see it.