It is safe to say that Rogue and Gambit have not had the most conventional adventures as newlyweds. Their honeymoon was interrupted by an intergalactic game of cat and mouse, which also featured the burgeoning of new abilities for Rogue. So, to maintain some sort of newlywed-orthodoxy, Rogue and Gambit have decided to throw a belated engagement party in MR. AND MRS. X #6.

Unsurprisingly, things do not go according to plan. However, what one will not predict are the reasons things do not go according to plan.

From writer Kelly Thompson, MR. AND MRS. X #6 previews a variety of new arcs our titular characters will experience in upcoming issues. Although those these arcs seem tantalizing, this particular issue felt a tad too crowded with these new, undefined concepts.

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MR. AND MRS. X #6 page 1. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

What Could Go Wrong at a Belated Engagement Party?

As aforementioned, Rogue and Gambit host an engagement party at their lavish abode. Plenty of familiar faces attend the event including Beast, Iceman, and Storm. Yet when one particular guest appears, things immediately hit the fan. None other than Gambit’s own father appears at the party, not for the event, but to warn the newlyweds of an impending attack.

Immediately after the warning, a multitude of thieves begins attacking Rogue and Gambit. Rogue manages to fend them off using her newly evolved abilities to drain her enemies of their power without even touching them.

Sometime later, Gambit’s ex-wife, Bella Donna, appears at the party, informing Gambit that because he is the King of Thieves, the general thieving community does not believe Rogue is a fit wife for him.

This particular subplot is by far the most intriguing aspect of MR. AND MRS. X #6. Because of that, I wish it was more of a cohesive plot point. This issue tries to cover a variety of developments including that of Rogue’s abilities, her relationship with Magneto, and Rogue and Gambit’s attempt to maintain a “normal” marriage in the midst of all their missions.

Thus, overall, I felt as though the issue tries to cover too much ground. I would have rather had the issue isolate on one specific plotline simply because each one Thompson is maintaining deserves its own in-depth focus.

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MR. AND MRS. X #6 page 2. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

The Many Hues of MR. AND MRS. X #6

Unfortunately, the artwork of MR. AND MRS. X #6 is disappointing. The cartoony depictions of the various characters in the work do not fit the content of the issue. Like the narrative, the imagery struggles to be cohesive.

This is most prominent in the action sequences of MR. AND MRS. X #6. They appear quite turbulent as they merely give us glimpses into what is happening. As a result, the action can be hard to follow. With this, I wish the sequence depicting Rogue utilizing her new abilities against the thieves was a little more epic.

In general, I feel as though that specific subplot has not gotten the attention it deserves. I would have enjoyed a more extensive portrayal of Rogue’s burgeoning abilities. Instead, we only get a flash of how powerful she is becoming. Consequently, in future installments, I hope to see this series level up in its artwork.

The artwork has been a contentious point throughout the series simply because it has fallen short in encompassing the world MR. AND MRS. X portrays.

Ultimately, I wish to see the series’ art encompass the scale that the narrative is reaching for.

What Lies Beyond

MR. AND MRS. X #6 spends much of its content setting up the pieces for what lies ahead for Rogue and Gambit. Therefore, there is plenty to get excited about.

With that being said, my only worry is that the series is about to juggle too many overlapping arcs. Now, with Bella Donna entering the fray as Rogue’s powers reach an uncertain state, it will be interesting to see where the series will go from here. Hopefully, every new arc will receive the development it deserves.

Most importantly though, I fervently hope one arc does not muddle an accompanying one.

MR. AND Mrs. X #6 by Kelly Thompson, David Lopez, Nayoung Kim, & Joe Sabino
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MR. AND MRS. X #6 has its satisfying moments. However, there are too many subplots introduced for the issue to be a cohesive one.
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  1. […] Previously in MR. AND MRS. X, newlyweds Rogue and Gambit threw a belated engagement party. Unsurprisingly, the party did not totally go according to plan. A squad of thieves literally crashed in, forcing Rogue and Gambit to fight them off. Following this unexpected battle, the couple decided to sit back and open their gifts, only to have one transfer the couple to a different dimension. Thus, in MR. AND MRS. X #7, the adventures of Rogue and Gambit continue as they find themselves transported to the Mojoverse! […]

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  2. ESB

    December 12, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    This issue had bigger problems than too many characters, sub-plots and crappy artwork… it’s biggest problem was the appearance from Mag. Not only does Rogue invite him behind Gambit’s back… but he’s giving advice to her??? Rogue has nothing to apologize for but she does so anyway, Mag has always treated her like crap, has always thought very little of Gambit, he’s killed so many people, did the most to damage there relationship by putting Gambit on trial just so the X-Men would distrust each other… but suddenly he cares even though he’s waging a war with the X-Men????

    I really tried to give this series a chance, but since Rogue is always the center of addition, and Kelly trying to make her past with mag look acceptable… now I just hope this series gets cancelled. Rogue should have put that part of life behind her for good since that was the lowest point in her history, she said herself in the Rogue & Gambit mini series that it scarred them for life… but once again mag’s whole past and current events are sweep under the rug…

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  3. 101

    December 12, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    A storyline that once it starts, it never stops, never gets boring… count me in! Rogue didn’t get new abilities, her absorbing powers became uncontrollable… but then you call it newly evolved and then back to new abilities… pick one!

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