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Month of Cool Avengers/X-Men Comic Book Moments – Rogue’s Special Coin Trick

All month long we will feature brand-new Cool Avengers and X-Men Comic Book Moments in celebration of their fiftieth anniversaries this month. Here is an archive of all the past cool comic moments that I’ve featured so far over the years.

Today we look at Rogue finding out one of the more ingenious ways of breaking into the Hellicarrier…

In Uncanny X-Men #182 (written by Chris Claremont and drawn by John Romita Jr. and Dan Green), Rogue discovers that Michael Rossi has been captured by SHIELD while doing some spying on the organization (as he knew that the Hellfire Club had infiltrated SHIELD). Rossi was Carol Danvers Air Force mentor as well as her former lover. So Rogue (who was then still in possession of all of Danvers’ memories and emotions on top of all of Rogue’s own memories and emotions) was driven to go rescue him. Her method of entry was audacious and quite clever on Claremont’s part (and well drawn by Romita and Green)…

The downside, though, is that when Rogue takes Rossi to the Danvers family beach house to recover, he discovers why she knows so much about him…

Brutal stuff. The most powerful moment is obviously the ending, but I’m still partial to the coin trick.


Great stuff, but man that was pretty reckless as far as the people in the room. She could have killed a few people there!

@T: This was only about ten issues after she joined the X-Men, so Rogue was still in a transitional phase.

That is probably the worst drawing ever of the helicarrier in the first panel.

Quick question: Where is Rogue keeping all these coins? Was it laundry day?

that was one of the first comics i ever read (a reprint in Classic X-Men); i basically had no idea what was going on although I was a little familiar with the ms. marvel dynamic from that one episode of the cartoon

Is she LYING on clouds? Really JR, Jr? I expected better.

How does Col Rossi slap her round the face and not get his psyche absorbed and fall unconcious?

He wears sheer gloves at all times, obviously.

You don’t get your essence absorbed when you use the back of your hands.

I too read this in Classic X-Men. Neat stuff.

This is better than that other coin trick Rogue did, where she’d pretend to take a quarter out of your ear. Boy, was that embarrassing every time she accidentally absorbed some little kid’s life force by touching them behind the ear.

Why do you THINK Gambit wears that stupid looking cowl thing that comes up behind his ears?

I figured the physical contact during the slap was too fleeting for his essence to be absorbed?

Good stuff.

It is a huge credit to Claremont and JRjr that they did fresh stuff with literally the oldest power set in the book.

Brian: he ain’t got gloves on in those frames!

Okie… so sheer gloves for the absorption negation. Check. Now explain to me how he didn’t break his hand slapping her.

I’m pretty sure Brian was being sarcastic about the sheer gloves guys.

Also, I’m pretty sure Rogue’s powers aren’t that sensitive. Doesn’t she have to be touching you for at least a few seconds? As for why he didn’t break his hand, I’m guessing she rolled with the slap?

Brian: he ain’t got gloves on in those frames!

Sure he does, they’re just sheer!

Hurricane winds punching a straw through an oak tree could be a future Drawing Crazy Patterns. Claremont sure loved that phrase.

As did everyone who wrote Barry Allen in the Silver or Bronze Age.

Its so nice seeing JRJR art that is appealing. I havent cared for his work since his days on Thor. His current work on Superman just does not work for me.

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