Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Top Ten Rogue Stories of All Time (Part Two)

And here's the second part to the Two-Part look at the best Rogue Stories comicdom has ever offered...

6.) The Light That Failed. Uncanny X-Men #246-247

This two-part story sees Nimrod (mentioned in Part 1) come back in a BIG way to get revenge on the X-Men. Rogue takes center stage as she (under the control of the Carol Danvers personality) don Carol's old Ms. Marvel outfit to take on the bigger, badder, and meaner Nimrod. Rogue makes the ultimate sacrifice here by allowing herself to get sucked into the mystical portal known as the Siege Perilous along with the team's robotic nemesis.

7.) Rogue in the Savage Land Uncanny X-Men #269, 274-275

This three part story is the direct sequel to #6 on this list, showing Rogue getting spit out (literally) of the Siege Perilous months after entering. She's now split into two people: Rogue and Carol Danvers, but soon learns that there's only enough life force between them for one person. This story sees Rogue finally regaining her own mind, and teaming up with the X-Men's former nemesis Magneto in a story that brings the two closer together than anyone may have ever expected.

8.) Supernovas, Primary Infection, Red Data X-Men (Vol. 2) #188-199

It's hard to break this saga into one story, as it details Rogue finally standing on her own two feet LONG after she and Magneto fought side-by-side in the Savage Land stories. Cyclops recognizes Rogue's unorthodox conduct in the field by giving her command over a team of X-men of her choosing. This story sees Rogue in command, taking on brand new foes. Over the course of the storyline, Rogue loses complete control of her powers, and goes absolutely insane after absorbing over 9 billion separate personalities. One of her darkest points, but it sets her up for a rebirth.

9.) X-Men Legacy 220-224

After regaining her sanity, Rogue sets off to the X-men's old headquarters in the Australian Outback to find herself. What is meant to be an introspective journey turns out to be way more than she bargained for when she finds herself as a pawn in a game that the X-Men nemesis Danger sets up against the team's former leader, Professor Xavier. By journeying through all of her past mistakes, Rogue and Xavier defeat Danger, and get her to agree to help Xavier keep his long-standing promise to Rogue. This story concludes with Rogue gaining full control over her powers for the first time in her life.

10.) Utopia X X-men Legacy 226-227

After nearly a two year absence, Rogue returns to the X-Men...only to find them under siege by the Government. Rogue, leading a small team consisting of her former lover Gambit, and converted enemy Danger, must make their way through the city of San Francisco to rescue missing members of the Young X-men. This is the first time Rogue sees action after her powers mature, and readers get to see her in a leadership role as well as bonding with the younger generation of mutants.

...and there you have it: my list of MUST READ stories involving the character of Rogue. Each of these stories see her character build and advance. You see her going from villain to conflicted hero to hero to leader. There's plenty of action as well as character growth, and each of these stories comes with excellent writing and (in most cases) stellar art (opinions vary drastically on the art in the issues comprising #8, and I wasn't overly thrilled with the penciller for #9 either). You may note though that the (real time) gap between the Rogue in the Savage Land story and the Supernovas issues is about 16 years. That's rather depressing when you consider that the character either sat stagnant or regressed during that period of time.

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