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Provide Some Answers – What Was Gambit and Sabretooth’s Sinister Shared Past?

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This feature is basically a counterpart to our Left Unresolved feature. That feature is for plotlines that were, well, left unresolved. In this one, though, we spotlight examples of long unresolved stories that WERE ultimately resolved by later writers. The only rule is that at least four years have to pass between the plot point being introduced and it being resolved.

Today we take a look at the five year wait it took to reveal what Gambit and Sabretooth’s sinister shared past was!

In 1992’s X-Men #8 (by Jim Lee, Scott Lobdell and Art Thibert), the X-Men are captured by a group of bad guys including Sabretooth, and Sabretooth has specific words for Gambit…



This pretty much was Jim Lee taking a page out of Chris Claremont 101, introducing a mysterious shared past between characters.

The plot was seemingly picked up two years and twenty issues later in X-Men #28 (by Fabian Nicieza, Andy Kubert and Matt Ryan), when a captured Sabretooth taunts Gambit in front of Rogue…




Five issues later (by Nicieza, Kubert and Ryan), Rogue can’t leave well enough alone and goes to Sabretooth, who tells her the story of Gambit…


As it turns out, young Gambit is romancing this young woman in Paris so that he can steal some jewel from her. Problem is, Sabretooth wants the jewel, too, so he interrupts Gambit’s “game” to make things very, very real…





Rogue isn’t thrilled to find out this information about Gambit…


As it turns out, she is even LESS thrilled when she discovers the REAL secret sinister past between Gambit and Sabretooth three years later!

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The strange thing about the reveal in X-Men #350 was that Magneto went to such lengths to make it come out, including going through a charade where he dressed up as Eric the Red. I wouldn’t have though he cared so much about Gambit.


Uncanny #350 is in my “dark period” of X-Men comics I’ve never read, but doesn’t Magneto have it in for Gambit because he’s a rival for Rogue?

Am I the only one who thought Remy’s brother had a mustache growing out of his gag in that first panel?

The flashback in X-Men 350 implied that it was Gambit who led the Marauders to the Morlock tunnels. But X-Men 210 showed the Marauders following a Morlock to the tunnels. And Spider-Man/ X-Men 2 suggested the Marauders discovered the Morlocks because Sinister ALREADY had a base in the tunnels.
X-Men 350 had the notorious “X-Men leave Gambit to die in Antarctica” ending.

Lots of good ideas but some poor execution in that issue. It was put together in a rush as I recall.

It’s possible that while Gambit led the Marauders TO the tunnels, he didn’t know which ones housed the Morlocks nor if they were trapped or not until the Marauders followed one of the Morlocks into their home. The issue itself had too cruel of an ending not to mention bring Mags back for the umpteen time. Here’s a better explanation of the whole thing, along with a general overview of Gambit: http://devilkais.deviantart.com/art/La-Triche-Pour-La-Gloire-De-Remy-LeBeau-483769202

Yes, poor Tommy the rainbow-colored paper-thin mutant girl, and her Hellfire Club boyfriend. I still remember that all these years later.

if i recall not only did magneto set up gambit to reveal his part in the mutant massacre aka being the one who took the maruaders to the tunnels in the first place but rogue had just absorbed those memories from kissing gambit and had him there already. though did not know pylocke had learned the secret by a mind link. but gambit never did trust the character as one to like.

@Nu-D: I think that’s one reason but it’s more likely that Mags was simply playing the long game, trying to destabilize the team.

I actually remember reading UXM #350, and my takeaways being, “God, that was awful” and “I wonder what will come of Gambit being the one who saved Marrow as a kid”?

And unless I somehow missed it, the answer was apparently “Nothing”.

“sinister shared past”

I see what you did there.

I say this every time but man, I do love Joe Mad’s Rogue. Especially compared to her other looks in this article.

And @Oneminutemonkey, I also had a soft spot for Tommy the rainbow colored paper thin mutant girl. Claremont had a way of getting you to care about one-off characters like her

It took so darn long for Marvel to reveal Gambit’s role in the Mutant Massacre that by the time Uncanny X-Men #350 came out, most readers had already guessed it, so this “shock revelation” really wasn’t much of one.

I also had a soft spot for Tommy the rainbow colored paper thin mutant girl. Claremont had a way of getting you to care about one-off characters like her


Though I confess to being a very confused young reader trying to sort out whether “Tommy” was the boy or the girl, and if possibly the word balloons were accidentally reversed.

@Sean – Gambit and Marrow did develop a relationship a few years later (a mentor/mentee, Wolverine/Kitty Pryde kind of relationship, not a romantic one), and I believe it was motivated in part by his having saved her as a kid.

I just can’t get past trying to figure out why Remy would be wearing a GREEN LSU shirt. Does everything have to be about Rogue, even his football?

I find it funny that two different characters in those Nicieza pages use the term “pup.” It makes sense when Sabertooth uses it in reference to young Rogue as he uses lots of animal terms. But then for Gabmit to call himself a pup when he was in Paris? That doesn’t feel right.

I didn’t think it was necessary for Gambit to lead the Marauders to the Morlock Tunnels, it seemed bad enough that he assembled the team for Sinister.

Not the best retcon. Yes, it works with the cryptic comment Sabretooth makes in the Lee issue. But not so much with what we saw happen in the actual Mutant Massacre. If anything, the Nicieza/Kubert issues would have been enough to explain Sabretooth’s comment. But tying Gambit to Sinister via the Massacre never really worked for me.

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