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The Greatest Rogue Stories Ever Told!

Every day in May we will reveal the greatest stories ever told starring a particular character or written/drawn by a particular creator (and throughout the month, you’ll get daily chances to vote for NEXT week’s lists). These lists are voted on by YOU, the reader!

Here is the list of characters/creators featured so far (along with the rules on how to vote).

Today’s list is the Greatest Rogue Stories Ever Told!

Enjoy!

10. Uncanny X-Men #182 “Rogue looks up an ‘old flame’ of hers”

In this issue by Chris Claremont and John Romita Jr., we explore the problems that go on with Rogue’s brain, as she gets some memories from Carol Danvers (Ms. Marvel – the superhero that Rogue absorbed the power, memories and feelings from) and goes looking for one of Danvers’ old beaus.

9. Uncanny X-Men #246-247 “Rogue versus the Master Mold”

In this two-parter by Chris Claremont and Marc Silvestri, Rogue sacrifices herself to save the rest of the X-Men in a battle with the Master Mold. Rogue goes into the Siege Perilous.

8. X-Men #24 “Rogue and Gambit connect”

A downtime issue by Fabian Nicieza and Andy Kubert (right before the next issue’s major Fatal Attractions crossover issue) where Gambit and Rogue come a lot closer.

7. X-Men #188-193 “Supernovas”

Rogue gets control of her own X-Men team in this storyline that shows the debut of Mike Carey and Chris Bachalo as the regular creative team on X-Men.

6. Age of Apocalypse

Rogue is basically the co-leader of the X-Men and is married to Magneto with a child. She’s basically one of the few X-Men who have almost have a BETTER life in the horrific landscape that is the Age of Apocalypse. Written by Scott Lobdell, Fabian Nicieza and Mark Waid, drawn by a variety of artists, most notably Joe Madureira and Andy Kubert.

5. Avengers Annual #10

Rogue’s first appearance, written by Chris Claremont and drawn by the legendary Michael Golden. She beats the crap out of Captain America in this issue and absorbs Ms. Marvel’s powers, memories and emotions.

4. Uncanny X-Men #171 “Welcome to the X-Men, Rogue…Hope You Survive the Experience!”

Many folks forget that Walt Simonson was the guest artist on this landmark issue (written by Chris Claremont) where Rogue, driven near inane by sharing her mind with Ms. Marvel’s memories and emotions, is forced to turn to the X-Men for help and Xavier, despite EVERY member of the team not liking it, adds her to the team.

3. Uncanny X-Men #269, 274-275 “Rogue in the Savage Land”

Coming out of the Siege Perilous, Rogue deals with her Ms. Marvel split personality once and for all, then teams up with Magneto, Ka-Zar and Nick Fury to take out the crazed Zaladane. Chris Claremont and Jim Lee did the story.

2. Uncanny X-Men #235-238 “First Genosha Storyline”

Chris Claremont, Rick Leonardi and Marc Silvestri (the two artists swap off on issues in the four-parter) tell the story of the X-Men’s first interaction with the island country of Genosha, a country where the majority of the people are mutants but the humans there control the mutants like slaves. Rogue is stripped of her powers and is brutalized before she and Wolverine manage to escape (and the rest of the X-Men eventually show up to help).

1. Uncanny X-Men #172-173 “Wolverine and Rogue in Japan”

Chris Claremont and Paul Smith tell the story of when Rogue first proves herself to the rest of the team. With the X-Men in Japan for Wolverine’s wedding, most of the team is stricken down with poison – all except for Wolverine and Rogue (who survives due to her Ms. Marvel powers, or more specifically, her half-alien DNA). The pair team-up to stop the deadly Viper and the Silver Samurai. Rogue takes a deadly blast meant for Wolverine and, in a tender moment of approval, he lends her his healing power. A classic from the short but memorable Paul Smith run on Uncanny X-Men. And boy, what a cover!

That’s the list! I’m sure there is a lot of agreement and disagreement with the list out there! Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

And please vote for the lists that are still up for grabs here!

36 Comments

Lord Paradise

May 19, 2010 at 4:16 am

Worthy number one for a character I never cared for.

#1 was the only story I could think of (hence I didn’t vote), so I’m glad it got in. I actually preferred Rogue before the redesign into her “sexpot” look. I’m glad a lot of the picks here go back to that era.

Totally agree with the first spot, actually, the Claremont/Smith era is my favourite in the book.

You may call me crazy, but I’m surprised in the Shi’Ar saga that Lobdell wrote (issues 341-348, IIRC), Rogue was team leader and the story was pretty cool, with Madureira at his best.

I’ve never read the Carey stuff, but otherwise this is a good list. Definitely the right #1.

Didn’t Silverstri draw half of the Genosha story?

I’ll go with all of these,,, Great list.
Some of my favourite stories about one of my favourite X-men.

The first two are correct

and yes, Marc Silvestri drew the 2nd and fourth/last issue of the 4-issue Genosha arc

and the awesome Master Mold two-parter was also drawn by Marc Silvestri

Brian must really have something out for Marc.

ummmmmmmmmmm excuse me! where’s the one where she bonks the Sentry??? i thought that was her most important story to date.

okay, seriously though, Uncanny #172-173 constitutes what is probably my favorite single superhero story of all time. classic! it’s actually a much better Wolvie story than Rogue story, but she’s in it and it’s great, so i’m glad to see it on this list!!!

“where Rogue, driven near inane by sharing her mind with Ms. Marvel’s memories and emotions”

I know that era’s Ms. Marvel had her problems, but I didn’t think driving Rogue to inanity was one of them. :)

I must respectfully submit that one of the BEST Rogue stories took place in, of all places…

ROM : SPACEKNIGHT # 32

Rogue appeared in # 31 and # 32 (her 3rd -and 4th- appearance ever – after Avengers Annual # 10 and X-Men # 158) and this story shows the start of her transition to being a “GOOD guy”.

Alongside the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Rogue is fighting against a Wraith/Human spawn called “Hybrid” and they are getting their asses kicked. Soon, the mutants and Hybrid (who is also a mutant of sorts) realize that they share common enemies in the X-Men – and ROM – since the X-Men helped Rom defeat Hybrid several months earlier.

ROM comes in, and even though he is trying to help the mutants, they all team up against him.

Rogue gives ROM a kiss, trying to absorb his “powers” but the only thing he has for her to absorb is his “humanity” and she realizes that she LIKES the feeling of being GOOD.

Here are the captions for that sequence:


Rom: “Why do you do this, child? Unlike Mystique, I sense no evil in you.”

“What is there Rogue can say? She attempted to absorb Rom’s power, only to discover that that portion of humanity grafted to the cold spaceknight armor possessed no power… but only a kind of decency which Rogue, in her young life, has never known.

“She finds that she likes it.”

Then, after Hybrid has Rom on the ropes, ROGUE rescues him by trying to absorb Hybrid’s powers (even though, to TOUCH him is pretty horrifying stuff – and is dangerous to her life).
Thus, with that selfless act, they all defeat Hybrid (temporarily, anyway) and the Brotherhood leaves, with Rogue wondering if she’ll ever meet Rom again.

Honestly, it is the start of Rogues walking the path of a hero.

Go get it in a 25cent bin near you!
(Actually, the X-Men and Brotherhood issues are probably a few bucks each, but still…)

“Tamam Shud!”
~P~

I’m pretty sure Gambit drove Rogue to inanity.

The Ugly American

May 19, 2010 at 7:40 am

SENTRY : FALLEN SUN

Wot No UXM 185 ?

Uncanny #173 was the first Rogue story I ever read. I’d never heard of her until that.

I’ve read more of these than I expected (the only one I really expected to be here was Avengers Annual #10). That’s a little surprising, because I pretty much stopped reading X-Men in 1990. I only read a handful of issues between then and 2007, but by a lucky coincidence one of them was X-Men #24. If I had voted, that would’ve been near the top of my list, but I had no idea other people rated it so highly. I just assumed there were a lot of major Rogue stories in all those years I missed, so I was surprised to see so much here that I’d read.

The ROM story was indeed the top of my list. For that matter, I also had her Dazzler appearances in there.

I just haven’t had time to participant this month. Too much work and other stuff, but it’s a shame no one’s read Bedard’s single arc on Rogue “Forget-Me-Not” from the early 00s. It’s a really good 6 issue story, one of the best single stories from the Jemas/Quesada “decompressed and written for the trades” era. I love it.

Love the list! Really glad to see a lot of classic X-Men stuff made it. I personally didn’t vote for Avengers Annual #10, because I’m not a big fan of “villain Rogue” (same reason I didn’t vote for her Dazzler appearances).

Thanks for letting me know about the ROM story! I had no idea! I always thought there was a gap between Avengers Annual #10 and Uncanny #171! Got to check it out. My list was as follows:

1. X-Men 24 (1993)
2. Uncanny X-Men 269, 274-275 (Savage Land/Magneto)
3. X-Men: Alpha/Astonishing X-Men 1-4 (Age of Apocalypse)
4. Uncanny X-Men 172-173
5. X-Men: The End
6. Uncanny X-Men 235-238
7. Uncanny X-Men 182
8. Uncanny X-Men 171
9. Marvel Super-Heroes 11 (contains previously unpublished story by Chris Claremont about Rogue vs. Ms. Marvel, when Rogue first takes her powers)
10. Uncanny X-Men 185

Any chance we can see 11-15 Brian?

Wow. That is a better list of stories than I would’ve expected. AVENGERS ANNUAL #10 is a pretty great comic to be placing fifth.

Carter: according to the Marvel Chronology these are the contemporary issues you want between Avengers Annual 10 and UXM 171:

UXM 158
ROM 31
ROM 32
DAZZLER 22
DAZZLER 23
DAZZLER 24
DAZZLER 28
UXM 170

Michael Golden’s art in Avengers Annual 10 is incredible. Some of the best work of his career.

I always found it weird that Rogue gained Ms Marvel’s powers and personality off panel. At the time, I don’t think there was even a flashback depicting it. She just already has the powers in her first appearance, and that’s that. I don’t know if there was another comic that ccame out around that time that explained/showed it, ot if there were plans for something that fell through. It seemed like there had to be a reason behind it, since Ms Marvel was an Avenger at the time, or at least had recently been one. Maybe there’s a Comic Book Legend Revealed in there somewhere.

9. Uncanny X-Men #246-247 “Rogue versus the Master Mold” was drawn by Silvestri and Dan Green. Lee debuted on Uncanny just an issue later. Silvestri had been drawing the X-Men since 418 (on an off) and stayed untill 261.

For the most part I agree with the list. I forgot to mention X-Men 171 in my list. Shame on me! But I really think X-Men Legacy 218-224 should be on this list. The most recent and important stories of Rogue to date, with Xavier finally getting her powers in order. Carey has a great handle on Rogues character. Something that was lacking since Claremont developed her in the 80′s/early 90′s. She became wayyyy to love struck during the mid 90′s with the Gambit relationship, which is why I’m not a fan of X-Men 24 and it wasn’t on my list.

I always found it weird that Rogue gained Ms Marvel’s powers and personality off panel. At the time, I don’t think there was even a flashback depicting it. She just already has the powers in her first appearance, and that’s that. I don’t know if there was another comic that ccame out around that time that explained/showed it, ot if there were plans for something that fell through. It seemed like there had to be a reason behind it, since Ms Marvel was an Avenger at the time, or at least had recently been one. Maybe there’s a Comic Book Legend Revealed in there somewhere.

Wait, I thought it HAPPENED in her first appearance, in Avengers Annual #10.

Internet comic fans love to bitch about the X-Men, but both Rogue and Magneto have surprisingly good lists of stories.

Willie Everstop

May 19, 2010 at 4:33 pm

I guess technically Rouge stole Ms Marvel’s powers off panel. Avengers Annual #10 starts with Carol Danvers being tossed off a bridge. They have shown it in flashbacks since then though.

I came in here looking to post a comment to the effect of “How about favourite comments and message board posts where people call her ‘Rouge’” then saw the last comment. Heh.

I’ve been reading the X-Men Essential volumes, and have no frigging clue as to why anyone would prefer Rogue from the 90s onward to her earliest days with the team. She was so much better then.

Willie Everstop

May 19, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Unfortunately I have what my piano teacher used to call The Stupid Fingers.

I thought in Avengers Annual #10 the first time we see Rogue she already has Ms Marvel’s powers. I don’t even remember the panel of seeing Ms Marvel tossed off a bridge. I’m not saying that didn’t happen, I just don’t remember that panel. Either way, it seemed very sudden to me, like I had missed a previous issue depicting those events.

We see Carol Danvers being tossed off the bridge, but we don’t see who does it, if I remember correctly. When we do get to see Rogue, she already has the powers, like you said.

“I thought in Avengers Annual #10 the first time we see Rogue she already has Ms Marvel’s powers. I don’t even remember the panel of seeing Ms Marvel tossed off a bridge. I’m not saying that didn’t happen, I just don’t remember that panel. Either way, it seemed very sudden to me, like I had missed a previous issue depicting those events.”

Jazzbo, the story of Rogue taking Ms. Marvel’s powers was meant to be told in Claremont’s final issue of Ms. Marvel, but the book was canceled due to poor sales before he got there.

HOWEVER, an anthology Marvel book called “Marvel Super-Heroes” which came out quarterly in the early 90s did finally show that story in print in issue # 11 (which made my list, by the way). I’m sure you can find it for cheap on eBay or somewhere (that’s what I did). It depicts the entire fight between Rogue and Ms. Marvel and ends with Ms. Marvel falling off the bridge. It’s actually a really good story.

Awesome, thanks Hawkman. I knew there had to have been a story planned that I just wasn’t aware of.

Claremont & Smith, the second golden era after the Byrne Days…. <3

Juan Carlos Montiel

August 26, 2012 at 2:56 pm

It’s a good list. All the issues aside from the “Age of Apocalypse” issue take place in the ’80′s, when Rogue 1st appeared. I, actually like Rogue better in the ’90′s, when she’s more sure of herself and met Gambit. As I understand it, she had a crush on Longshot in the ’80′s. I thought it was cool in the ’90′s when they turned her into what someone described as a, “Sexpot.” That’s when she had more confidence, and got closer to Gambit. Well, the Comics Code Authority couldn’t show them having sex, but it was implied enough to get it. As I understand it, she’s the leader of a team now. She’s evolved as a character. She’s one of my favorites.

A good list. Not a lot to quibble about apart from X-Men #24 (to my mind Gambit and Rogue were the X-books’ most dysfunctional couple of the 1990s) and I’d probably would also shelve the Genosha story, so I could instead add “Salvage” (X-Men Legacy #220-224, a much better Rogue/Gambit moment) and Uncanny X-Men #185 (Rogue and Storm bond on the Mississippi, also a defining issue for the relationship between Rogue and her adoptive parents Mystique and Destiny).

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