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Super Spoilers! All-New X-Factor #11

 

All-New X-Factor #11

Written by Peter David; art by Carmine di Giandomenico; colors by Lee Loughridge. (Sponsored by Serval Industries.)

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Super Spoilers! All-New X-Factor #9

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All-New X-Factor #09

Written by Peter David; art by Carmine di Giandomenico; colors by Lee Loughridge. (Sponsored by Serval Industries.)

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Super Spoilers! All-New X-Factor #4

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All-New X-Factor #04. Written by Peter David; art by Carmine di Giandomenico; colors by Rachelle Rosenberg. (Sponsored by Serval Industries.)

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Peter David pulls the same gag again on the second page, where he recaps last issue and then does a real-world plug. Still kinda neat. Danger isn’t filled in yet on the All-New X-Factor roster, I guess that’ll probably happen in issue # 5.

We pick up where we left off last issue, with Danger blowing a fuse and trying to kill everyone, thanks to Nil‘s hacks. Gambit tries talking Danger down and eats a Go Go Gadget Fist! for his troubles.

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Note Gambit’s lamenting “after everything… we’ve been through t’gether…”. That’s called foreshadowing, folks!

Danger drops Gambit off with Quicksilver and Polaris, then wonders where Nil ran off to.

Jean-Luc stops Nil from escaping, just in time for Danger to level the building on them with a big ol’ KRA-KOOOOM. Danger finds Jean-Luc in the rubble and asks where Nil ran off to, before she’s BLAKOWed by a kinetically charged card. Gambit does some kinda weird Darth Maul Light Saber thing with his staff, and the fight is on!

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Or not, as Quicksilver SHOOOMs Gambit away. Gambit says “we have to get her to remember who she is…” (foreshadowing!)

Cut to Nil, trying to “reestablish the control sphere”. Danger finds him. She then splits herself into four Dangers, with Nil in the middle. They all blast at the same time.

Thankfully, Quicksilver SHOOOMs through again and grabs Nil. Danger deploys her hard light holograms of giant Sentinels and a bridge. We almost get a Wile E. Coyote moment when the bridge disappears beneath Quicksilver and Nil. Luckily, Polaris shows up to save them. Danger replies “Happily!” to Polaris’s challenge, and she thinks that’s weird for Danger to be showing emotions (FORESHADOWING!!).

Polaris realizes Danger is made up of metal and she blasts her into a million pieces. Gambit tries to stop her, for some reason. (hmmmm)

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Gambit: “That was Danger! … She’s more that a robot!”

Polaris: “Look, I don’t know what sort of relationship you may have had with her … and by the way, she wasn’t really alive.”

Gambit: “She’s more alive than some people I know”.

Now, I’m relatively new to comics and missed pretty much everything between the mid ’90s and last year, but do you think maybe something is going on between Gambit and the robot Danger?

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I guess blasting Danger into a million pieces wasn’t such a great idea, because now her sentience is in the aether and she can control anything robotic, including the All-New X-Factor’s Raptor.

Polaris takes off to shut down the All-New Raptor’s guns and Danger confronts Gambit again. Gambit reminds Danger that they worked together and formed a bond and he knows her. (FORESHADOWING!!!)

Gambit lunges at Danger, but it was just a hard light hologram.

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Gambit, ever the optimist, believes Danger must remember him and he can get through ta her.

Quicksilver, Nil, and Jean-Luc evacuate The Stolen Island onto what appears to be a pirate ship from the Middle Ages, but a giant Danger fist KRAKOWWWs down and ruins that plan, smashing the pirate ship to bits.

Polaris attacks Danger again, but she’s prepared some mental warfare for her this time and makes a hard light hologram of Magneto. This distracts Polaris long enough for Danger to BLAKOWWW her in the back.

Danger then turns her attention to Nil, but Gambit tackles her and…

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Yes!!! There’s the Scumbag Gambit we all know and love!

How ’bout that foreshadowing, huh? I mean, I’m not saying I predicted the big man-on-machine smooch, but I had a feeling something was off with Danger the whole issue. Props to Peter David for hinting that something big and strange was coming up, but making the big reveal something actually shocking. I can only hope Peter David saw Her and takes this Gambit-Danger thing as far as it can go. That would be wildly entertaining, as well as ground-breaking and controversial.

Gambit’s magic kiss snaps Danger out of whatever was wrong with her. Nil transfers the money he stole from Serval back to where he took it from. And Gambit tells us who’ll fill in the fourth All-New X-Factor slot on issue #5’s second page!

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There’s no preview of next week’s cover in this one. Luckily, Marvel.com‘s got one.

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All right, so, we added Danger this month, and we’ve got two more issues to get all six team members on the All-New X-Factor roster (according to Peter David, who told CBR, “Over the first six issues, we will be bringing on three more members of the team”).

We already know who the three more members of the team are: Danger, Warlock and Cypher. Based on the cover, who do you think we’ll be adding next month? My money’s on Warlock.

Gambit is the Best

GambitAnimatedOpeningGambit is the best. I was first introduced to Gambit via that classic ’90’s cartoon, X-Men: The Animated Series, and he has been my favorite character in all of comics ever since.

It’s hard to explain why. Part of it is because he’s not Wolverine–in fact, other than Cyclops or Sabretooth, Gambit butted heads with Wolverine perhaps more than anyone else in the cartoon. It’s not that I don’t like Wolverine. He’s a great character. It’s more that I couldn’t pick Wolverine because he’s so popular, and I wanted another character to be my favorite who everybody else didn’t already have as their favorite. So, I chose Gambit.

Another reason is his mutant powers. On the surface, Gambit has one power: the ability to kinetically charge anything so it explodes. How could you not love that power? He can blow up anything he touches! This power has been expanded on over the years to the nth degree. From his Wiki page:

Gambit is a mutant who has the ability to take the potential energy stored in an object and convert it to pure light pink-colored kinetic energy thus “charging” that item with highly explosive results. He prefers to charge smaller objects, such as his ever-present playing cards, as the time required to charge them is greatly reduced and they are much easier for him to throw. The only real limitation to this ability is the time required to charge the object: the larger it is the more time it takes to charge. Most charging takes place through direct skin contact. The power of his explosions is dependent on the mass of the object he is charging, for example, a charged playing card explodes with the force of a grenade. Gambit can also use his mutant abilities to accelerate an object’s kinetic energy instead of converting its potential energy; for example, he can charge his Bo staff with enough kinetic energy and power to level a house.

Gambit’s ability to tap kinetic energy also grants him incredible superhuman physical abilities (strength, speed, reflexes and reactions, agility, flexibility, dexterity, coordination, balance, and endurance), as his body constantly generates bio-kinetic energy and so is perfectly constructed for constant motion. This gives him an added edge that he has used to his advantage by developing a unique acrobatic fighting style.

He also has the ability to create static, because of the charged potential energy always in his body, that shields his mind from detection and intrusion by even the strongest and most powerful telepaths such as Emma Frost, Jean Grey, or even Charles Xavier. The shield has the added effect of destabilizing touch-based abilities.

Gambit also possesses an unusually strong and irresistible hypnotic charm that allows him to exert a subtle influence over sentient beings, leading them to believe what he says and agree with his suggestions. This charm is so strong and powerful that if given a chance, Gambit could even charm the Shadow King himself. However, the hypnotic charm does not work on those who know about it.