Now, this is what
I'm talking about. Whether by design or mere coincidence, this
latest match between Rogue and Ms. Marvel echoes the now classic
Uncanny X-Men #269, when the southern belle and Carol Danvers were
finally free of each other. In the aftermath of the arrival of the
Phoenix, Cyclops has decreed "No more Avengers" and the X-Men are
now saviors of the world. Ms. Marvel tries to make Rogue see this
whimsical illusion for what it really is, but she goes the wrong way
about it, and Rogue reacts in an even more foolish way by doing the
one thing she should never, ever do to Carol Danvers.
This was a great issue; while the art takes charge of the action,
the dialog takes care of the characterization. Once again, Ms.
Marvel makes strong points against Cyclops and his Phoenix Five,
while Rogue desperately tries to rationalize their actions, even
though it is clear that deep inside, she knows better. Gage does a
fantastic job writing both women, and allowing the first cracks in
the Phoenix farce to show. This might have been a VS issue, but next
will be Rogue AND Ms. Marvel, and I can't wait to see that.