Rogue and Gambit’s first days as a married couple have been unpredictable, to say the least. Beginning with a special appearance from Deadpool to an impromptu chase for a coveted egg, the newlyweds’ honeymoon has not gone according to plan. Now, in MR. AND MRS. X #3, things only get crazier as the contents of the mysterious, alien egg are revealed.

MR. AND MRS. X #3 is not only an entertaining, hilarious addition to writer Kelly Thompson’s run; it is also a transformative issue.

New secrets relating to significant figures of the X-Men have been revealed and will undoubtedly affect the future of the team for good. So, what exactly has been unveiled?

We got the answers, right here.

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MR. AND MRS. X #3 page 2. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

The Egg Hunt

The opening of MR. AND MRS. X #3 reveals that the Majestor of the Shi’Ar Empire has summoned subjects to find the egg currently in Rogue, Gambit, and Deadpool’s possession. As the Majestor plans his play, our three heroes attempt to mitigate the intriguing situation they are dealing with.

Upon the end of the last issue, the egg hatched to reveal a female child who looks a lot like Rogue.

However, things are never as they seem.

After Rogue and Gambit call Kitty Pryde to get more insight into the egg’s contents, Kitty tells them that the egg is the genetically engineered child of Professor Xavier and Lilandra Neramani.

Wild, right?

Thus, the child, who wishes to go by Xandra, is being pursued by various individuals across the galaxy due to her connections to the Shi’Ar hierarchy. One of those individuals is none other than Lilandra’s sister, Deathbird, who wishes to use Xandra to legitimize her rebellion against the Empire. Luckily, Rogue and Gambit manage to oust Deathbird from the ship along with Deadpool, who the two believe to be a deterrence from their overarching mission.

Unluckily, Imperial Guard member Nightside manages to kidnap Xandra. However, Xandra manages to protect herself by reverting back into her egg state.

Immediately after this, Cerise, member of the Shi’Ar and ally to the X-Men, makes an appearance. She feels strong sentiments towards Xandra and vows to save her. So, she devises a plan to sneak Rogue and Gambit into Chandilar in an effort to get Xandra back.

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MR. AND MRS. X #3 page 3. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

The Verdict

The revelation that the child of Professor Xavier and Lilandra was within the egg Rogue and Gambit obtained has shaken X-Men fans to the core. It is an unexpected revelation that will catalyze aftershocks for the X-Men stories that lie ahead. Personally, I find it to be a bold inclusion in the events of MR. AND MRS. X. It raises the stakes for a story that initially seems transparent.

Yes, there are layers of humor Thompson continuously builds. There is also a grand sense of adventure that makes the story feel buoyant. However, the inclusion of an arc revolving around Xandra intensifies everything from the characters to the narrative itself.

Thus, MR. AND MRS. X #3 is a solid tale that broadens its horizons by establishing new risks and succeeding in doing so.

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MR. AND MRS. X #3 page 4. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

The Many Hues of MR. AND MRS. X #3

Unfortunately, once again, the artwork of MR. AND MRS. X falls on the underwhelming side. For some reason, this has been a setback I have noticed across many X-Men comics as of late. Much of these comics’ art tends to come across as rushed and superficial. MR. AND MRS. X #3 maintains those general faults.

Much of the imagery appears rough around the edges as characters tend to lose their form. Action sequences in particular, most apparent in Gambit and Deadpool’s battle, lose cohesion and appear rather chaotic.

I wish the artwork of MR. AND MRS. X #3 had more structure. That structure would ultimately allow the issue’s art to fall in line with the established tone of the narrative. It would also allow readers to engage with the setting. Rogue and Gambit are literally on an adventure that is taking them into the depths of the galaxy. The artwork should delve into that setting and ignite it.

It remains to be seen whether the imagery of future issues will exemplify the vastness of space and establish the characters within it. Hopefully, those hopes will be fulfilled.

What Lies Beyond

Besides its inherent flaws, MR. AND MRS. X #3 is a satisfying continuation of Rogue and Gambit’s honeymoon saga.

I must admit, I hope we haven’t seen the last of Deadpool in this run because his interference in the newlyweds’ first days as a married couple was undoubtedly amusing.

It will also be interesting to see where Xandra’s story goes from here. The door has been opened to a new wave of possibilities, one that will have repercussions for years to come.

MR. AND MRS. X #3 by Kelly Thompson, Oscar Bazaldua, Frank D'Armata, & Joe Sabino
MR. AND MRS. X #3 is a wildly entertaining adventure full of thrilling new twists and hilarious punchlines.
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  1. Thomas Williams

    November 24, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    The Prof is really getting around. Charles Jr with Mystique, Xandra with Lilandra, and a return to the living via Fantomex.


  2. […] MR. AND MRS. X run truly threw fans for a loop in its last issue when it was revealed that Professor Xavier and Lilandra Neramani genetically engineered a child […]


  3. IIII

    September 20, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    If you somehow can’t get enough of… Deadpool… for whatever reason… then check out his dozens of other appearances where he’s being shoved down everyone’s throat…


    • Maite Molina

      September 20, 2018 at 8:58 pm

      Someone’s salty!


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