Author: Robert Diehl
Updated: Version 1.4, last modified November 6, 2001
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Issue: Gambit 2000 Date: 2000 Story 1: Assassination Game Epilogue: Endgame? (28 pages) Feature Characters: Gambit Regular Characters: Courier, Carl Denti Guest Stars: Archangel (Warren Kenneth Worthington, III), Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner), Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde), Colossus (Piotr Rasputin) Villains: the New Son; Bullseye, X-Cutioner, Constrictor, Zaran, Batroc, Crossbones, Assassins Guild including Bella Donna Boudreaux (all in flashback) Other Characters: Thievesı Guild (in flashback); Huey, Quiet Bill Credits: Writer & Art: Fabian Nicieza, Cam Smith Inks: Thomas Derencik, Eric Cannon Colors: Tom Smith Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraftıs TP Editor: Mike Marts Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Remy, barely alive after repeated assassination attempts, is tied with barbed wire to crossed timbers, bleeding energy from cards in both hands, while an angel descends upon him. Courier checks in with the New Son, who arranged the whole Assasination Game to make Remy force his powers to their peak. Warren attacks Remy, angry about the Morlock Massacre. They struggle in mid-air, then Warren drops him, then swoops him up again when he survives the fall. Denti and police squad cars follow, amazed that X-Men would fight each other, and Remy uses a grappling hook to latch onto a news helicopter. Remy is finally worn out and slips, but Kurt bamfs in and catches him. Warren wonıt explain his actions and flies away; Kitty and Piotr take Remy aboard the Blackbird. The New Son berates Warren for fighting in public, since he has kept himself secret in his crystal hideaway. Back in Westchester, Kitty runs tests on Remy and says his power is erratic. Remy comes clean, explaining the New Son rescued him in Antarctica (after being stranded there in Uncanny X-Men 350) and asked him to work with him to save the world. From whom? Remy. Quiet Bill is still opening portals to other universes for the New Son, so he can see if any version of Remy survived. Bill explains that the Crystal Cathedral exists between moments in time. Courier confronts Warren, saying he purposely drew the X-Menıs attention so he wouldnıt be able to kill Remy. Warren is pretty sure Courier secretly alerted the Thieves Guild to the Assasination Game, knowing they would help Remy defeat the other assassins. Kitty is unable to find Warrenıs bio-signature anywhere on Earth. Then Bill opens a portal, and the X-Men enter. They arrive in the Crystal Cathedral and are attacked by the New Sonıs technicians, who turn out to be empty containment suits. Remy sends the X-Men and Bill to find Huey, while he goes to face the New Son. He links up with Warren, who has been his mole the whole time. A rift opens, and the New Son arrives with Courier, held in bands of crackling energy for his betrayal; he attacks the two X-Men as well. Remy recognizes the energy signature and uses his bio-charge to cancel out the New Sonıs, who reveals himself to be Remy from an alternate reality, older and more experienced. The colliding bio-charges start to collapse the Crystal Cathedral, and one of Billıs portals falls onto the New Son, taking him away. Courier finds another, and he/she, Remy, and Warren get back to earth, to the wastelands of Siberia, with more questions than answers. They activate a homing beacon for the X-Men, and Remy writes a warning in the ground: Chateau New Son - Abandon all hope ye who enter. Note: very helpful charts of the New Orleans guilds follow: Thieves Guild: Remy (Gambit, current Guild Patriarch), Jean Luc LeBeau (his father), Theoren Marceaux (Harvest Master, deceased), Genard Alouette (Harvest Disseminator), Minister of Tome, Minister of Hoard, Zoe Ishihara, Emil Lapin, Mercy LeBeau (Remyıs sister-in-law), Claude Potier. Assassins Guild: Bella Donna Boudreaux (Viceroy of the Unified Guild, Remyıs ex-wife), Marius Boudreaux (her father, deceased), Gris Gris, Questa, Fifolet, Singer, Candra. And Tante Mattie is Traiteur to both guilds. Story 2: Shadow Thieves (6 pages) Feature Characters: Regular Characters: Jean Luc LeBeau Guest Stars: Dr. Stephen Strange Villains: the Antiquary Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Fabian Nicieza, Cam Smith Pencils: Thomas Derenick Inks: Eric Cannon Colors: Tom Smith Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraftıs Troy Editor: Mike Marts Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Near Moscow, Jean Luc breaks through a security system he devised, but then has to face hell dogs. Milk Bones with sedative do the trick. He trips a magic spell, and space disorients. He faces the Antiquary, whom he kicked out of the Thievesı Guild years ago, but now he needs his help to resurrect the Old Kingdom, even though he knows who will be the first host. They talk. Jean Luc returns to his hotel and finds Dr. Strange there. He says he has chosen a difficult path. Note: pin-ups follow: Home Sweet Home (Gambit vs New Orleans zombie women), Gambit and Rogue. Issue: Gambit II:20 Date: Sep-00 Story: In Dreams (22 pages) Feature Characters: Gambit Regular Characters: Fontanelle; Courier Guest Stars: Rogue, Storm, Iceman, Beast, Angel, Phoenix, Cable (all in visions) Villains: Bella Donna Boudreaux, the New Son (both in dream), the High Evolutionary, the Crew ASKEW, Dr. Doom, Sabretooth, Joanna Cargill, Mr. Sinister, Bullseye (all in visions) Other Characters: Sekmeht Conoway, Amanda Mueller (all in visions) Credits: Writer: Fabian Nicieza Pencils: Joe St. Pierre Inks: Eric Cannon Colors: Tom Smith Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraftıs Troy Peteri Editor: Mike Marts Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Remy kisses and cavorts with Rogue on a beach, then she turns into Bella Donna, who tries to drown him. He uses his enhanced and restored powers to turn the water in his throat to oxygen. The New Son appears, having turned out to be Remy himself, or a clone, alternate universe version, or twin brother, and blasts with much more power than Remy. He wakes; it was a nightmare, and Fontanelle says it a warning from his subconscious mind. She reveals her real name and says she was an obscure therapist with a taste for S&M, whom Courier hired to profile Remy. She started with the dreams of the X-Men and learned they stranded him in the Antarctic (Uncanny X-Men 350), so the New Son sent a rescue party, which is why Remy owed him. He said he planned to create a new, perfect world and then move everyone to it, and Remy agreed to help. He rescued Courier from the High Evolutionary (Wizard #0 Special), who had stolen plans for terraforming equipment, then stole a blueprint for an alien ship, for transportation (iss. 1), then stole Moiraıs files on mutants (iss. 2), to be able to restrict resistance, then tried to help Courier recruit the Crew ASKEW (iss. 3). But the New Sonıs plan went hincky, because Dr. Doom shifted an alternate earth (Heroes Reborn) into the spot the New Son had wanted to use. So he tried to use Quiet Bill to find a vacancy in an alternate universe. Fontanelle says his friends and foes all respect him but see his internal conflicts. She recounts his twisted history with the Guilds and reveals that Amanda Mueller (iss. 13), whom he saved from Sinister in 1891, was her mother, but she doesnıt know what happened to her. Since Mueller was an adult in 1891 and Fontanelle was born in the 1950s, Mueller must age very slowly. The New Son grew frantic and threatened to kill Remy (iss. 15). She started seeding the minds she investigated, to help save him, so the New Son fired her. The X-Men confronted the New Son and found out he looks like Remy (2000 Ann.), but they still donıt know his origin or agenda, or how this fits into the Guilds and the Old Kingdom, or why the New Son thinks Remy will destroy the world. Fontanelle says they need answers fast, before the New Son returns, and they should start by investigating their mutual past. Remy goes to Washington, DC, and asks Courier to impersonate Xavier and infiltrate Kellyıs Commission on Superhuman Activities to get information about the New Son. Issue: Gambit II:21 Date: Oct-00 Story: A Sheep in Wolfıs Clothing (22 pages) Feature Characters: Gambit Regular Characters: Jean Luc LeBeau (in flashback), Tante Mattie, Courier, Fontanelle, Mercy LeBeau, Emil Lapin, Bella Donna Boudreaux, Tome, Hoard, Gris Gris, Theoren Marceaux Guest Stars: Agt. Carl Denti Villains: The New Son (in flashback), Mystique (alias Millicent Hardwick) Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Fabian Nicieza Pencils: Yanick Paquette Inks: Sean Parsons Colors: Kevin Tinsley Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraftıs Troy Peteri Editor: Mike Marts Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Remy has sent Mercy and Lapin to sneak into the hospital to get his birth records, but there arenıt any, like Jean Luc said, and computer records have been erased. The unified Guilds are headquartered at Bella Donnaıs ancestral mansion. Ministers Tome and Hoard oversee the Unveiling ceremony to open The Casket of All Tomorrows, which turns out to be empty. Courier impersonates Xavier and meets with Denti in the Pentagon to get access to Fred Duncanıs files on Black Womb. Turns out Amanda Mueller lived at least until World War II and headed a genetics research program by that name. Mystique, herself impersonating a staffer, realizes Courierıs an imposter, when he, thinking himself unobserved, stands up to get a drink. Bella Donna is mad that the casket was empty, since it was supposed to tell the unified Guilds how to resurrect the Old Kingdom. Tante Mattie says they still have to try, and Remy is the prophesied savior. A fireball explodes in Siberia. Lapin insults Gris Gris, who then starts choking him, so Remy kinetically charges off his dreadlocks. Fontanelle calls Remy, worried because Courier didnıt return. Theoren hacks into the Pentagon computers to create a fake meeting, and Remy as Robert Lord walks in, finds Courier, and gets cornered by Mystique. He uses his new power to burn her hand, making her drop her gun, and she realizes she is not up on recent events. He wants to just walk away, but she pulls knives, and he charges her body, forcing her to yield before she dissolves into a blue puddle. Remy summons Theoren and Gris Gris, accusing them of erasing his hospital records and destroying the contents of the casket. They confess, but say Jean Luc LeBeau ordered them. Issue: Gambit II:22 Date: Nov-00 Story: Follow the Leader (22 pages) Feature Characters: Gambit Regular Characters: Courier, Fontanelle, The Unified Guild including Bella Donna (Viceroy of the Unified Guild, Matriarch of the Assassins Guild), Theoren Marceaux (Harvest Master), Gris Gris (First Kill), Mercy LeBeau, Zoe Ishihara, Fifolet, Tante Mattie (Traiteur), Tome, Hoard, Emil Lapin, Claude Potier, Questa, Singer, Genard Alouette; Jacques LeBeau, Jean Luc LeBeau, Marius Boudreaux (all in flashback) Guest Stars: alternates of Gambit, Iron Man, Vision, Hulk, Thing, Wolverine, Colossus, Capt. America, Thor, Spider-Man, Mr. Fantastic, Human Torch, Storm Villains: the Neo including Rax, Domina; the New Son Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Fabian Nicieza Pencils: Yanick Paquette Inks: Sean Parsons Colors: Kevin Tinsley Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraftıs Troy Peteri Editor: Mike Marts Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Rax shoots a crossbow bolt at Remy, shattering his wine goblet and ruining his shirt. Remy remote-charges the crossbow, the knife Rax pulls, and then the ground around him. Rax runs, and Remy considers letting him go but then chases him, because of his sense of responsibility and his desire to avoid Bella Donna. At the Boudreaux mansion, she is holding a vote of confidence on Remyıs leadership, which Theoren and Gris-Gris have called, because of the empty casket of All Tomorrows. She advises the Guild to give him more time to prove himself. Remy chases Rax into the Metairie Cemetery, trying to forget how his father had his grandfather Jacques ousted as patriarch by a vote of confidence, in 1923. His father and Marius Bodreaux agreed to the marriage of their children six years ago, to unify the guilds and bring in ³Heaven on Earth.² Fontanelle investigates Quiet Billıs dreams of alternate Earths, finding Remy dead in each of them, always impaled through the chest. Then she sees the New Son fighting the heroes of his earth. In DC, Courier investigates government records on Black Womb, which involved federal agent Fred Duncan, Amanda Mueller and alien technology. He also finds a photo of the the X-Cutioner armor. Remy and Rax scuffle in the streets. Remy refuses to use his enhanced powers to just blow him up and has to protect bystanders. Rax shoots a bolt in his shoulder and is about to kill him, when he is interrupted by Domina, who reveals that the Neo have been watching, and then the Guild, who did have a vote: Remy won 7 to 6. Domina returns Remy to them, saying the Neo were once allies with the Old Kingdom. She claims she would have won, but Rax and Remy exchange glances: they both know Remy was superior. The New Son breaks out of a slab of rock in Siberia. He finds Remyıs message on the ground (2000 Ann.) and laughs. He did not realize they thought he was the ³New Son,² when itıs actually ³New Sun.² Issue: Gambit II:23 Date: Dec-00 Story: Shell Game (22 pages) Feature Characters: Gambit Regular Characters: Bella Donna Boudreaux, Emil Lapin, Mercy LeBeau, Courier, Fontanelle Guest Stars: Villains: Ego, Ronan; Mr. Sinister (in flashback) Other Characters: Culthans including Hethısa, Huey, Quiet Bill Credits: Writer: Fabian Nicieza Pencils: Yanick Paquette Inks: Parsons, Stanisci Colors: Kevin Tinsley Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraftıs Troy Peteri Asst. Editor: Mike Raicht Editor: Mike Marts Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada Synopsis: Note: this is part of the Maximum Security crossover. Earth has been made an interstellar prison, and a spore from the living planet Ego has sprouted. The Unified Guild fights it on the streets of New Orleans. Remy charges an entire block full of Ego tentacles, which explode into goop. Bella Donna protests that the Guild must remain secret and shouldnıt become a superhero team. Hethısa, an alien from the planet Culth, approaches and offers to help. In Washington, Courier and Fontanelle compare their findings on Black Womb and discuss options. They agree they need to find either the Black Womb or the New Son to learn more. Hethısa says he was a security guard, convicted of dereliction of duty during a prison riot. The X-Cutioner armor was taken from his penitentiary, and he can trace it. He wants to use its components to get back home, and Remy can use its database to find out how to stop Egoıs growth. Hethısa takes Remyıs team to a nuclear missile silo in Oklahoma. They break in, find the armor, and wonder about the governmentıs involvement. Hethısa hands Remy the database and uses the armor to teleport away. Remy traces him using the helmet and realizes he went back in time to change his past. Remy follows him, into the middle of the prison riot. He sees Hethısa fail to force his younger self back to the fight, then dematerializes his weapon before he can kill his younger self. Young Hethısa flees. Remy says there has to be a better way than suicide, and Hethısa decides to his younger selfıs place agianst the riot. Remy uses the armor to return home. Remy sends Emil to the X-Men with the database; Mercy says she knew Reed Richards socially before he was Mr. Fantastic. After they leave, the New Sun, inside, the armor, removes his helmet. He had been the X-Cutioner during the Assassination Game and still plans to kill Remy. The New Sun diary has notes on Remyıs life: abandoned at birth, taken in by the Thievesı Guild, lobotomized by Sinister to get his powers under control. Issue: Gambit II:24 Date: Jan-01 Story: Sunrise Sunset (23 pages) Feature Characters: Gambit Regular Characters: Fontanelle, Courier Guest Stars: Quiet Bill, Huey; alt. versions of Storm, Psylocke, Colossus, the Fantastic Four, Jean Luc LeBeau Villains: the New Son (now the New Sun); alt. Apocalypse Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Fabian Nicieza Pencils: Yanick Paquette Inks: Dan Green Colors: Kevin Tinsley Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraftıs Troy Peteri Asst. Editor: Mike Raicht Editor: Mike Marts Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada Synopsis: The New Sun used Quiet Bill to bring Remy to his earth, which is ruined. Remy realizes he's supposed to see this and fear, so he doesn't lose control of his powers, too. He uses his kinetic abilities to keep Bill frozen in time, so the portal stays open. New Sun wants to talk but expects they'll fight after Remy has heard his story. He was born in Alpha-1, a lab like Black Womb, and trained as a weapon. As a teenager he incinerated the lab and wandered. He joined the X-Men, but had to leave when he killed Phoenix. Jean Luc took him in and showed him the prophecies of the Diable Blanc, who was to be a vessel of the King of the Old Kingdom, which preceded Atlantis and Lemuria. No one thought that ³bringing the burning light of heaven to earth³ was literal, but when he channeled those energies, a chain reaction of casading energy waves engulfed the world, making it a new sun and killing everyone except the New Sun. He tried to remake time, the ultimate use of his kinetic power, but failed, instead breaking through to other universes (including the AOA), finding many in ruins, till he got to ours. To save it, he plans to kill Remy, and he starts blasting. Fontanelle has been monitoring Quiet Bill's dreams and wakes him, while Courier reaches him physically. Remy fights kinetic energy wave with kinetic energy wave; something clicks in his head, and his power goes full-force, blasting New Sun all the way to Iraq. They rush each other, colliding a mile above earth, then land in Turkey at the site of the Old Kingdom. Remy knew how powerful he could be and had Sinister lobotomize him (iss. 16, 23). Less powerful but more cunning, he pumps power into the New Sun, overloading him and knocking himself unconscious. He sees Fontanelle in a dream, then wakes to see a statue of the King fall and impale New Sun with a spear. Everything evaporates, and Courier and Bill pull Remy through the portal to safety in the nick of time. Huey is dead, and Bill is distraught. Remy's extra powers have burnt out, so he's back to where he started. Courier asks if Remy will miss being so powerful, but he declines. She asks what he wants, and suddendly he kisses him/her, saying he wants to keep everyone on their toes.
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