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Rogue #10

Posted: Friday, May 6, 2005
By: Ray Tate



"Forget-Me-Knot": Part 4

Writer: Tony Bedard
Artists: Karl Moline(p), Rick Magyar(i), Transparency Digital(c)
Publisher: Marvel

Rogue won't get any points for jaw-dropping revelations, but the well-worn plot of tampered memories earns an energetic re-working through Tony Bedard's and Karl Moline's action-filled "Forget-Me-Not." As an added bonus, those who slept through X-Men Advanced 201 need not fear a pop quiz.

Rogue and Sunfire infiltrate Lady Deathstrike's headquarters. The battle pitting the heroes against this seriously dangerous--not to mention refreshingly ugly--villainess offers the reader pleasant time-wasting excitement.

Marvel seems to be out to get Sunfire. In Kirkman's Marvel Team-Up, Shiro had his red buttocks handed to him, and in Rogue something worse happens to the flamekeeper. I'm not going to be too upset over the outcome; Marvel's continuity is ironically more flexible than that of DC, and Sunfire isn't an associate of Batman. So, his problem is likely reversible.

Through flashbacks, Tony Bedard reveals the reason for the blank spots in Rogue's memory. Don't expect anything earth shattering, and you won't be disappointed. Bedard's twist in the plot makes perfect sense, and that's more than we can usually expect from most books.

Scenes in Rogue's past involving a more family like atmosphere between she and Mystique and Destiny may surprise some readers, but in considering their introduction back when everybody could read The Uncanny X-Men, the characterization of the mutants fits.

Particularly interesting is Rogue's status as a super-power vampire. When originally introduced, Rogue had drained Carol Danvers' powers and her memories. She at first reveled in the act. The early version of Rogue in the flashback gibes perfectly with the more callous villain from the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.

Rogue offers readers of strong female super-heroes, not just X-Men aficionados, engaging entertainment and accomplished artwork that details a well-trodden tale related though with style that adds freshness through dialogue and characterization rather than outrageous plot-twists.



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