I was wondering if anyone read James Asmus's latest interview regarding the upcoming Gambit book (which I am incredibly stoked for, by the way)? The link to the interview is here, which I've found through this twitter which is here-- his twitter is also a good source of information regarding his upcoming projects. I also check out Liu's and Gage's twitters for information, partly because I'm hoping to stumble across a two-way (three-way, now that Asmus is also writing Gambit) conversation between them regarding Gambit's development - which I'll probably never get to see. I do wonder though, what they say to each other re: gambit, and if they read each other's books and each other's takes on the characters they have in common.
But, back to Asmus - I for one, am extremely glad that he's going out of his way into inserting Gambit into the wider MU, have him be a free agent, getting back to his theiving roots, making him fun again. While I'll miss the headsock, I'm just glad that he's got a solo series with a writer who's determined to bring him back in a big way. But as this is a Gambit and Rogue appreciation thread, I wanted to highlight what Asmus has to say about Rogue's role in the upcoming series --
What do you guys think?JA: For me, he always could be defined without Rogue. That was never the part I was most into. But I know a lot of people love their relationship. I will end up using herin the book, but she’s not going to be a focal point, she’s not going to be a regular character. She’s going to be a lot of fun to bring in a little bit later in the game, once you’ve established a very different status quo for him, and maybe one or two other ladies, that she can come in, and be the complication.
Look, she’s obviously a very powerful figure in his life, so there’s a ton of great story potential for that. An uncomfortable, unresolved, ex-girlfriend is always a great story element. [Laughs] But it’s not going to be about her. This whole series is really going to be about building him out, and putting him into the larger Marvel Universe.