The Marvel Universe has tons of Mutants running around, but not every Mutant can be a Wolverine or Cyclops. There are hundreds of no-name characters who never achieved much greatness. Gambit, otherwise known as Remy LeBeau, is not one of these characters. When he was first introduced, his unique ability to transfer the kinetic energy of an object into explosive energy made him one of the most interesting characters to hit the X-Men books in years, and his relationship with Rogue stands as one of the greatest in comics. He quickly became a fan-favorite, and thanks to several decades of publications, there are tons of Gambit's storylines, story arcs, and adventures making up a library of impressive comic book stories, issues, and graphic novels.
There has been a Gambit movie in development for years, but if you only know the character from the X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon or his brief appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, you have a lot of reading ahead of you! Like This list compiles the very best Gambit storylines from the Xmen comics, and if you're already a fan looking to go back and reread some of these classic, or if you're new to the character and want to read some good books before a movie is finally made, check out these great Gambit storylines. Don't forget to vote up your favorites on the list and see which Gambit storyline rises to the top!
Story Found In: The Uncanny X-Men #266 & 267
You can't have a list of the best Gambit storylines in comics and not include his explosive origin! The first appearance of Gambit came in a two-part story called "Out of the Frying Pan, into the Fire" in the pages of Uncanny X-Men back in 1990.
Gambit shows up at the right moment to save Ororo (otherwise known as Storm) while she is on the run from the Shadow King. The two thieves come into conflict with the dangerous telepath and find safety in each other. This story has a recently de-aged Storm, and features one of the best new Mutant introductions the X-books saw in years.
Story Found In: X-Men #8
In this classic X-Men tale, Bishop comes from a dystopian future to stop a threat known as "The Witness" whom he believes to be none other than Gambit. This crossover issue also featured an appearance of Ghost Rider and was even adapted into the animated series.
This issue also revealed Remy's last name to be LeBeau and it features a transition to New Orleans, an appearance by Bella Donna, and The Brood who have infected Ghost Rider, which isn't necessarily good for anybody.
Story Found In: X-Men #33
This one-shot storyline from the pages of X-Men #33 was titled "The Hearts of Thieves," and it stands as one of the Cajun Mutant's best stories. While running his scams on the streets of Paris, Gambit met up with Sabretooth. This story is told via flashbacks by Sabretooth to Rogue, so it provides a fascinating look at Gambit's backstory from another perspective.
"The Hearts of Thieves" shows both Mutants hunting down a particular pendant in Paris many years before, but the dangers posed to a young woman and Remy's own brother forces a sort of Sophie's Choice for the Mutant thief.
Story Found In: X-Men #24
Many fans recognize the beautiful cover art by Andy Kubert with this classic shot of Gambit and Rogue embracing, and the story within doesn't disappoint! This book details the pair's first true and proper date, which includes a horsedrawn carriage and all the bells and whistles.
This was one of those great books that truly helped to establish the character's relationship as it was developing, and the writing by Fabien Nicieza was spot-on for them. Also in the issue, Jubilee is dealing with the death of Ilyana, and it makes for a somber tale, which is contrasted by the lovely date shared by Gambit and Rogue.