WARNING: This article contains minor SPOILERS for Rogue & Gambit
This week sees the release of the third issue of Marvel's limited series Rogue & Gambit, and long-time fans of the couple got to see something that they've been looking forward to for a long time: Rogue and Gambit gettin' it on! The first two issues of the new Marvel series saw the two X-Men headed to an island resort for some couple therapy... although not for their own sake. Kitty Pryde sent the two to investigate the mysterious disappearance of mutants from the area, although she did choose them because of their legitimate romantic history.
Since the two X-Men arrived on the island, things have been getting interesting. On the one hand, they are actually getting a form of couples therapy; the two have talked out some of their major issues, including Rogue's kiss with Deadpool, their first meeting, their trust issues, and more. On the other, they are delving into new villain Lavish's evil plan, which so far includes power-sucking, memory-wiping, and clone-building... although the end game has still not been revealed.
This week, in Rogue & Gambit #3, the pair start off with more couples therapy, before going back to researching the mystery of the island... and discovering an army of clones of their past selves! An epic Rogue and Gambit vs Rogues and Gambits battle later, and the pair finally come face to face with Lavish... but before all that happens, they get a romantic interlude when the two discover that their powers seem to be dampened - which means that they can actually touch.
It's only after they make out in the water by their cabana, and then head inside to make good use of the bed, that the two start to worry about why this is suddenly possible. They have foggy memories and their neighbors have gone missing as well, but the biggest issue is that as pleasant as it might be for Rogue to have her power level lowered to the point that her touch is more 'like electricity' than deadly, neither of them are able to access their full abilities any more. That said, it is understandable that the two would get distracted by the possibilities of being powerless (or having less power).
Of course, it's not the first time that this iconic X-Men couple have got it on. Earlier in Rogue & Gambit #3, they discuss the first time that they were together, when Rogue's powers were suppressed on a mission to Antarctica. At various other times in the Marvel Universe, Rogue has also been able to touch people, either because their powers were able to counteract her own, or because she was able to control her abilities - however, it's still a huge deal to see Rogue and Gambit back together properly... even if we can assume that this is going to be a temporary situation.
With two issues of Rogue & Gambit still to come, fans are as excited about the pair figuring out their own relationship as they are about seeing them defeat Lavish and put an end to the evils of the island.
Rogue & Gambit #3 is now available from Marvel Comics.