It is truly rare to witness superheroes enjoy lasting, happy marriages. It is even rarer to witness a superhero and their respective spouse embark on a blissful honeymoon without some sort of danger interrupting it. MR. AND MRS. X #2 shows exactly why these events are so rare as writer Kelly Thompson takes newlyweds Rogue and Gambit on an unpredictable vacation.
The latest from Thompson continues Rogue and Gambit’s adventures from their eponymous series, maintaining that run’s lighthearted tone. As a result, MR. AND MRS. X proves to be a charming series that ensures readers that at the very least, they’ll feel as though they are a part of the adventure too.
The Hunt for the Coveted Egg
Previously in MR. AND MRS. X, Kitty Pryde interrupted Rogue and Gambit’s honeymoon to implore them to pursue an important mission in space. Their objective was to locate a package, one that could not possibly fall into the wrong hands. Unsurprisingly, Rogue and Gambit weren’t the only ones who knew about the package. So, they found themselves battling it out with a variety of characters relentlessly hunting for it. In the midst of the battle, Rogue and Gambit got separated, and Rogue eventually found herself rescued by Deadpool.
To her surprise, Deadpool somehow attained the package, which appears to be an egg. Thus, MR. AND MRS. X #2 kicks off with the former couple making a crash landing in a spaceship. Rogue demands for Deadpool to hand over the egg, but he isn’t complying. Sometime later, Gambit joins the exes, and he is clearly unhappy that Deadpool has made the newlyweds’ honeymoon even more complicated.
Ultimately though, the trio decides to put their differences aside as a squadron of colorful characters appears to steal the egg. Rogue, Gambit, and Deadpool manage to fend off the squadron off and keep the egg safe. However, upon the end of the issue, the egg hatches to the three’s horror, revealing a young Rogue inside.
Worst Honeymoon Ever?
MR. AND MRS. X #2 is a vast improvement upon its predecessor. Much of the last issue fleshed out undeveloped aspects of X-MEN GOLD #30. So, that particular installment took a while to find its footing. This issue, on the other hand, excels in its nature. I definitely feel as though I am reading a follow-up to the acclaimed ROGUE & GAMBIT run.
Also, the quips between Gambit and Deadpool are downright hysterical. MR. AND MRS. X #2 never misses a beat in its comedic aspects. As a result, its light-hearted tone feels well established. Thompson understands the characters she is developing, so the chemistry amongst them feels authentic.
Now, the unexpected twist at the end will certainly leave readers scratching their heads. Though, it will be interesting to see how this new revelation further affects Rogue and Gambit’s honeymoon as they simply can’t seem to catch a break.
So, overall, MR. AND MRS. X #2 is a fabulous issue that is amusing from start to finish.
The Many Hues of MR. AND MRS. X #2
Unfortunately, my one major qualm with MR. AND MRS. X #2 lies in its artwork. Similar to the first issue, I find the character depictions to be inconsistent throughout this installment. Rogue, Gambit, and many of the supporting characters vary in their portrayals, which makes for some imagery that’s ultimately hard to engage in.
With that being said, I do enjoy Frank D’Armata’s coloring. I particularly enjoy his work in the sequences set in space. He does not depict space as a cold, colorless void. Rather, he incorporates warm tones into his depiction of space that further the story’s tone in addition to bolstering the issue’s vibrancy.
Ultimately though, I wish the artwork had more detail. I wish the backgrounds and settings were more fleshed out to better establish the environments the characters are working in. As of now, these environments appear static. So, hopefully, future issues render more dynamic images to further emphasize the energy of the plot.
What Lies Beyond
MR. AND MRS. X #2 is definitely a comic that will leave you with a smile on your face. It’s not only fun but also immersive as it brings you into the action Rogue and Gambit continuously come across. As a result, Kelly Thompson brings her A-game once again to a series that will captivate readers in its wackiness and non-stop adventure.