The First Ten: Rogue (2004)

Folks, welcome back to this thing I keep doing, The First Ten. In this recurring segment, we look at the first ten issues of a comic book series. Sometimes a long running one, sometimes a flash in the pan. In the past, I’ve covered series like Immortal Iron Fist, Mister Miracle, Scud the Disposable Assassin, and Excalibur. But today, we look at the short lived X-Men spinnoff Rogue, centered around everyone’s favorite untouchable mutant. The series ran a total of 12 issues, beginning in September of 2004 and ending August of 2005. I like Rogue fine enough. We will see, however, if this solo series is enough to sway me to the side of the die hard Rogue fans. Or, alternately, if it will reaffirm my disinterest in the fan favorite character. I like her better than Gambit! That has to count for something.

Oh also, minor trigger warning for sexual assault in this story. It’s not super present but it’s there and I wouldn’t want anyone to be caught off guard by it.
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1. "Going Rogue, Part 1"

Writer: Robert Rodi
Artist: Cliff Richards

Well this was… fine?

Like, it wasn’t great but nothing terrible about it either. Just sort of decent. Rogue is feeling sad because she doesn’t have a family other than the X-Men and because she can’t touch anyone without knocking them out and stealing their memories. You know the drill. She goes out on a mission with the X-Men to recover a mutant child in Mississippi and stays behind to do recon and find the girl’s family. But she runs into a young man who says he knows Rogue’s long dead birth mother. And when Rogue touches him… her powers don’t work.

There are a lot of little nods at X-Men comics of the day here. Gambit is blind because of some event that I honestly know nothing about and the X-Team that Rogue is on is the Austen era squad. Havok, Polaris, Juggernaut, Iceman, Rogue are in story, and Gambit is out. Also, I need to draw attention to the fact that Iceman performs CPR on the Juggernaut while still in ice form, which just seems counterproductive.