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 Gambit, Vol. 4 #1 - House Of Cards, Part 1: The Prodigal Sinner
Importance Rating: 9.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Georges Jeanty
Writer(s): John Layman
Release Date: November 2004
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Gambit: House of Cards
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Fun Facts: This issue features the first time we see interaction between Gambit and Madame Camille D'Aubigne, Genevieve D'Aubigne, Alphonse, Dan Downs and Orlean Cooper.
Comic Summary: Remy takes a sports bike and high-tails it to New Orleans, just in time for the Geco Festival. The streets are crowded with revellers and Remy says hi to a few familiar faces, including Ronnie and Ida. He then meets another old friend, Dan Down, in a bar. Dan can listen to the cards, and they are telling him something bad is coming. He warns Remy to be cautious. Remy heads to his apartment, thinking that the old man’s just crazy. Later, he heads into town and joins the revellers on the street. He says hi to more familiar faces, including Madame Camille, before heading over to Club Orleans. He beats up three guys who are hassling a young woman, and is seen doing this by the club’s owner, Orlean Cooper. Cooper is in discussions with an expert thief, Jack Jessup. Upon seeing that Remy LeBeau is back in town, Orlean informs Jessup that his services are no longer required. Jessup insists he’s the best man for the job, but Cooper replies that, as of now, he isn’t. He does, however, give Jessup some cash for his troubles, and tells him to avail himself of his establishment’s hospitality. Cooper then meets with Remy, an old acquaintance of his. He asks what he’s doing in town, and Remy replies that he has a date. A woman calls his name and Remy kisses her, pretending that she really is his date. The woman, Lili Penrose, has a job for him. She wants him to steal a deck of cards. Remy like the idea, and the money that comes with the job. Jessup, meanwhile, tries to take an expensive whiskey from the barman, but is refused it. He puts several items of Cooper’s that he stole on the bar, in return for the bottle, and then shoves a knife through the barman’s hand, telling him to warn Cooper that he’s going to take the job anyway (the same job as Lili has offered Gambit). If the stinkin’ mutant gets in his way, he’ll rip his guts out.

 Gambit, Vol. 4 #2 - House Of Cards, Part 2: Player's Club
Importance Rating: 9.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Georges Jeanty
Writer(s): John Layman
Release Date: December 2004
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Gambit: House of Cards
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Gambit visits Madame Camille in her shop. She is scamming some guy for a portion of his recent ill-gotten gains and he is forced to pay up. Gambit enters as the guy leaves, and pulls back the curtain behind Camille. It reveals her assistant, Genevieve, surrounded by computer monitors. It seems she is hacking into all kinds of systems and finding information with which to blackmail people. Remy wants information about the house where Lili Penrose asked him to steal a deck of cards from. Camille recognizes the Penrose Estate as belonging to Morgan Penrose, Lili’s uncle. This is news to Remy. Morgan is, amongst other things, an amateur occultist. She will provide Remy with the information, but asks for a favor in return. Remy heads to the banks of the Mississippi and steals a disk from Stark International, at great risk to himself, which contains a universal firewall bypass. He gives the disk to Camille and he gets the information he requested. Remy then visits Dan Downs at the Glam Slam bar. He asks Dan about the place, and Dan informs Remy that he’s been doing his own investigations. He knows someone else is trying to get the cards, and also that something bad is definitely brewing. He takes Remy to a casino, as Jack Jessup scopes the Penrose place out. Jack calls Orlean Cooper and informs him that he’ll steal the cards and will be in touch afterwards. Orlean informs a demon, who is actually in his office, that everything is going according to plan. At the casino, Dan proves that the cards do indeed appear to give him information but, as he and Remy fold together in order to dig up a clue, the demon appears above them, then it disappears without a word. It was just an illusion. As they leave the casino, Dan informs Remy that the deck of cards he has to steal is a deck of tarot cards with supernatural powers of apocalyptic proportions. If they get into the wrong hands, it could literally mean there’ll be hell to pay.

 Gambit, Vol. 4 #3 - House Of Cards, Part 3: Sleight Of Hand
Importance Rating: 9.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Georges Jeanty
Writer(s): John Layman
Release Date: January 2005
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Gambit: House of Cards
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: With Dan Downs carrying two full gas cans, Remy purposely bumps into a guy carrying a bowling ball in his bag, and switches it for a cabbage. They continue towards the Penrose residence, and Remy asks Dan to place the cans in the middle of the road. They continue walking, and Remy asks Dan to remain outside and keep a look out. To create a diversion, he then bowls the ball, now filled with kinetic energy, straight at the gas cans to create a diversion. Inside the Penrose house, Morgan Penrose has guests that include New Orleans’ supernatural elite. Morgan explains that the deck of tarot cards he wishes them to see, possibly the original deck, was crafted by monks from the Order of Frater Inficio more than seven hundred years ago. They were affected by their time, caring for the mentally afflicted people with ‘poisoned’ minds, and the deck was created as a result of their studying these people’s minds, particularly their mind’s primal recesses. It contained four more cards than a normal deck, and these cards were excised from subsequent decks to ensure human safety, and sanity. The deck is extremely powerful. Remy’s explosion gets the exterior guards out of the way, and he enters the house, taking out the security system with ease. He doesn’t count on Lili Penrose being there, and she’s had a bit to drink. Dan calls Remy on the radio to explain that Orlean Cooper has joined the party, but Remy has more important matters in hand, namely getting it on with Lili. Soon, their dalliance is over and Remy gets back to work. He takes out the two guards in the room containing the deck, and uses his agility to make his way through a laser beam field. He then picks the lock, and removes the deck. Morgan Penrose arrives with his guests, finding the guards unconscious, and his most prized possession gone. Remy returns to Dan Downs, but finds him groggy, and leaning against a tree. Before he can think about what’s happened, he is electrocuted by Jack Jessup, who takes the deck from him. He will ensure Remy is blamed for the theft.

 Gambit, Vol. 4 #4 - House Of Cards, Part 4: Bet Your Life
Importance Rating: 9.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Georges Jeanty
Writer(s): John Layman
Release Date: February 2005
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Gambit: House of Cards
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Morgan Penrose is furious that his precious tarot deck has been stolen. It could be deadly in the wrong hands, and he wants Remy LeBeau to pay for this. Orlean explains that he’s a legitimate businessman and cannot help. His assistant, Alphonse, however, can do whatever he likes. Alphonse walks with Morgan, and informs him that he’s put the word out to his fellow assassins and, by now, Remy should be either dead, or fighting for his life. Elsewhere, Remy has dealt with the potential assassins, and is enjoying a game of Go Fish with Dan Downs. He remembers that he should really be tracking down who’s behind all this, and tries to leave. Dan asks him to stay, and play one more hand. As they continue their game, Dan sees in his cards that Jack Jessup is the one behind their recent mugging. Remy goes after Jack, and disguising himself as a hot dog vendor, easily recovers the stolen tarot deck. As he and Dan wander through the streets of New Orleans, Alphonse appears, alongside a fellow mutant tough guy. Alphonse splits the box holding the tarot deck in two, and the cards fly out. Dan covers Remy’s eyes to avoid him seeing them - they could make him go blind. Dan explains that they’re indestructible, so Remy charges three cards and hurls them at Alphonse. Unfortunately, they don’t retain the charge, and they make no impression on the large assassin, who tells Remy that his power only works on inorganic objects. He should have done his homework. Alphonse and his friend pummel Remy mercilessly, as Dan Downs flees in order to get help. He returns to Remy’s apartment, and spots a deck of cards on the table. He knows he shouldn’t use them, but has little choice. In the cards, he sees a phone number, and calls it. Before he can speak to the person on the other end, Jack Jessup attacks and strangles Dan. On the other end of the line, Wolverine wonders who on Earth is calling.

 Gambit, Vol. 4 #5 - House Of Cards, Part 5: Celebrity Poker
Importance Rating: 9.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Georges Jeanty
Writer(s): John Layman
Release Date: March 2005
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Gambit: House of Cards
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Gambit is being tortured by Stone, Alphonse’s henchman. When Alphonse leaves to deliver the Inficio Aquilus to Orlean Cooper, Wolverine arrives and slices Stone up. Alphonse delivers the tarot cards, much to Jack Jessup’s annoyance, before being informed that his friend had been killed. Being an avid X-watcher, Alphonse realizes that Wolverine may be involved. This is bad. At Camille’s, Remy thanks both Camille and Wolverine, but is soon saddened when he hears about the death of Dan Downs. He swears revenge and wants Wolverine’s assistance. Using a tried and tested tactic, Remy and Logan tear through the New Orleans underworld, disguising themselves as their fellow X-Men. When the vague stories of these raids reach Alphonse, he believes that the entire team is on his trail, and he doesn’t want that. As Cooper prepares for a ceremony that evening, Alphonse takes the tarot cards and delivers them to Gambit. He asks for forgiveness, but receives a knockout blow in response. Gambit isn’t finished just yet, and is determined to make Cooper and Jessup pay.

 Gambit, Vol. 4 #6 - House Of Cards, Part 6: Backstabber's Rhapsody
Importance Rating: 9.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Roger Robinson
Writer(s): John Layman
Release Date: April 2005
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Gambit: House of Cards
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Lili Penrose has Remy in mystical shackles, and is preparing to eat his heart. Before she does so, however, she asks what exactly happened to Orlean Cooper and Jack Jessup. Remy obliges her. Remy had visited Madame Camille, and watched Orlean Cooper, who they thought was a mutant, in conversation with three demons on television via a hidden camera. Cooper transformed into a demon himself, and threatened them with the power of the Inficio Aquilus - a powerful set of ancient tarot cards. When they turned out not to be the regular cards, one of the demons scorched Cooper, who wanted revenge against the person he thought had switched them; Jack Jessup. Camille tried to ensure that Remy didn’t let Jessup face Cooper, and so Remy headed off to warn him. After a brief fight, and after his warning had been delivered, Remy still left the pitiful Jessup to his fate. Lili figures she can work out the rest of the story. Remy mentions that he thought her uncle Morgan was the magician in the family. Lili explains he was, until she killed him after learning as much as she needed to. With Remy’s death, and the Inficio Aquilus that Remy has kindly brought with him, she will be formidable beyond belief. As Remy tries to offer her a final piece of advice about dealing with one’s enemies, Lili plunges a dagger into his chest. Strangely, it bends. She rips open his shirt, thinking he may be wearing Kevlar, but instead finds he has one of the tarot cards stuck to his chest. Her eyes immediately burn out, and her skin becomes blotchy and pink. Remy explains that he had Wolverine test out the cards and, though he lost his eyes, he’d get them back. He then informs her that he and the X-Men will destroy the cards, or at least render them useless. She tries to attack him, but he knocks her unconscious, and hears the police sirens outside. As he tries to leave the Penrose house, several officers aim their weapons at him and inform him that he’s going with them. Remy has other ideas.

 Gambit, Vol. 4 #7 - Voodoo Economics, Part 1: Hath No Fury
Importance Rating: 9.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Georges Jeanty
Writer(s): John Layman
Release Date: May 2005
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Gambit: Hath No Fury
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Fun Facts: This issue features the first time we see interaction between Gambit and Emery James Arcenoux.
Comic Summary: Three weeks ago, Emery Arcenaux, a young mutant is caught by his aunt with cash from his latest robbery. He is fed up with her and life in the swamps. He departs, swearing to make something of himself. In the present, Gambit is questioned by detectives about the recent goings on at the Penrose house, and other murders in New Orleans. Unfortunately, they know he’s not guilty of any of the murders, and have to release him. Detective Noreen Tanaka offers to give him a ride to the St. Louis cemetery, but she wishes to take a detour first. She drives to the Louisiana Unified Savings building, where Emery Arcenaux is carrying out a bank robbery. Emery tells the frightened customers that, if everyone does as he asks, no one will get hurt. A security guard takes a shot at him, but his force field protects him. He renders the guard unconscious, and asks if anyone else is feeling suicidal. Gambit says that’ll be him. He throws three charged cards at Emery’s force fields, but it holds with ease. He blasts at Remy, but his agility keeps him clear of danger. Changing tack, Remy persuades Emery that all he’s going to do is to hurt the innocent people around them. He’s a young kid who could maybe use the helping hand of the X-Men. Emery eventually sees sense, and powers down, only to be shot by Detective Tanaka, who breaks down immediately afterwards. After she’s given her side of the story, she gives Remy a lift the rest of the way. It turns out she intended killing Emery in order to further her career - and tells Remy that he’ll have a hard job proving it. She rips his police file in two and throws it away, doing him a favor for helping her at the bank. He thinks she’s crazy. She leaves him at the cemetery where Dan Downs is being buried. He apologizes to his old friend for getting him involved in all this, and says goodbye. Meanwhile, Emery’s aunt uses some voodoo magic to bring Emery back to life, along with the residents of St. Louis cemetery.

 Gambit, Vol. 4 #8 - Voodoo Economics, Part 2: Hath No Fury - Down Among The Dead Men
Importance Rating: 9.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Georges Jeanty
Writer(s): John Layman
Release Date: June 2005
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Gambit: Hath No Fury
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Fun Facts: This issue features the first time we see interaction between Gambit and Brother Voodoo.
Comic Summary: A Louisiana swamp tour is brought to an abrupt halt when a boat, carrying tourists, is attacked by a small army of zombies. Two kids swim to safety, watched by Emery Arcenaux’s aunt. As the kids flee, one of them mentions that New Orleans has its own super hero. His friend has heard of Gambit, but his friend has someone else in mind. Downtown, Brother Voodoo is fending off a horde of the undead, whilst Remy sits opposite Ginny in a restaurant. Her feelings for him are clear, but he informs her that, unfortunately, there’s only one girl for him. She questions him about kissing the female cop, and also his dalliance with Lili Penrose, but he assures her that the cop kissed him, and Lili was a mistake. Before the conversation can get trickier, a zombie enters the restaurant and attacks a customer. Gambit grabs his coat and heads off to see what’s going down. Outside, he finds Brother Voodoo taking on all-comers. He joins the fray, and introductions are made. As they tear their way through countless zombies, Ginny watches them on her monitors. She is upset, and grabs a CD with Remy’s exploits with Lili Penrose on them. This doesn’t look good for Remy. Meanwhile, as they stand off against superior numbers, Gambit suddenly notices that his old friend, Dan Downs, is amongst their number. He freezes, and Brother Voodoo tries to convince Remy that it isn’t his friend; it’s simply a malignant spirit occupying his shell. They’ll be doing them all a favor if they put their tortured souls to rest. Suddenly, they are felled by an explosion. They rise, only to discover that one of the zombies is emery Arcenaux, and he’s surrounded by an impenetrable forcefield.

 Gambit, Vol. 4 #9 - Voodoo Economics, Part 3: Hath No Fury - To Protect And Sever
Importance Rating: 9.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Georges Jeanty
Writer(s): John Layman
Release Date: July 2005
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Gambit: Hath No Fury
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Fun Facts: This issue features the first time we see interaction between Gambit and Antoinelle Arcenoux.
Comic Summary: Gambit and Brother Voodoo are on the run, with Emery Arcenaux in hot pursuit, along with a small army of zombies created by his aunt. During one attack, Remy protects an old lady from debris. Little does he know that it’s Emery’s aunt. They need time to figure out who’s responsible for casting the spell that created these zombies, so Gambit destroys some buildings, which collapse on Emery in order to buy them some time. They meet Detective Tanaka, who shows them a photograph of Emery’s aunt, Antoinelle. Remy recognizes her as the old lady he saved earlier. As Tanaka wants them to do the dirty work for her, she informs them that Antoinelle lives in a shack in the Bayou. The two heroes head there in a stolen speedboat, but once again they are faced with a small army of zombies. Brother Voodoo uses his skills to have nature fight their battle for them. Alligators, snakes and plants all help them out, but they are no match for Emery, who catches up with them. Emery grabs Remy, who realizes that Antoinelle is probably doing all this so somebody can take her own pain away. He sees Detective Tanaka about to shoot Antoinelle, and destroys her pistol with a charged card. Remy’s saved Antoinelle a second time. Antoinelle hugs her son and says she’s sorry for everything. Tanaka still wants to bring her in, but Remy tells her she’ll look foolish in court trying to prove anything. Meanwhile, Ginny mails a CD of Remy’s exploits with Lily Penrose to Rogue in Westchester.

 Gambit, Vol. 4 #10 - X, Lies & Videotape
Importance Rating: 9.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Georges Jeanty
Writer(s): John Layman
Release Date: August 2005
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Gambit: Hath No Fury
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Remy is lumbered with babysitting three of the school’s pupils who have tried to steal a science test from the headmaster’s study. Unable to refuse in time, he takes the kids with him on a mission to retrieve a disc, which Ginny has sent to Rogue. The disc contains footage of his dalliance with Lili Penrose. They head to the roof to gain entry to Rogue’s room but, due to recent rebuilding work, the entrance is no longer there. Storm is disturbed, sunbathing topless, but decides to leave the boys to their mischief. Remy decides to show the boys how the X-Men train and, during his exercises, explains that Ginny had been forced by her mother to inform him about the disc being sent to Rogue. Later, they head through the mansion, and Cyclops grabs Remy, informing him of something in Manhattan which needs attending. Remy wants to stick around the mansion, but he isn’t given much of a choice in the matter. In Manhattan, he and his fellow X-Men battle some giant stone monsters, successfully, and return to the mansion. Emma tells Remy that Rogue has already returned, and her thoughts are driving her mad. As Remy considers the awkward consequences of Rogue seeing the footage, the three kids appear holding the disc. They explain that they managed to break in to Rogue’s room themselves. He is impressed, and offers them some test results as a means of saying thanks. They think it’s strange that, unlike the other teachers, he helps them bend the rules. Remy replies that he doesn’t mind if they do, so long as they learn something in the process. Rogue appears and is all smiles. The kids had replaced the disc with flowers and chocolates, which Remy gets the credit for. As they drive off into the night, over in New Orleans, Belladonna is viewing a back-up copy of Ginny’s disc, and doesn’t look too happy about it.

 Gambit, Vol. 4 #11 - Theives' World
Importance Rating: 8.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Roger Robinson
Writer(s): John Layman
Release Date: June 2005
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Gambit: Hath No Fury
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Fun Facts: This issue features the first time we see interaction between Gambit and Bandit.
Comic Summary: A jewel heist takes place in New Orleans, the culprit being a super-powered individual calling himself Bandit. Detective Noreen Tanaka sincerely hopes the security guard she’s interrogating is mistaken. Her vendetta against Gambit has barely gotten started. She is told to take a personal day by the captain, and returns home. She opens her door to a living room filled with photographs of Remy LeBeau. Meanwhile, Remy is out to steal a gun used in the civil war, which has on it a key to stolen gold. When he arrives at the museum, he finds Bandit has gotten there before him. The two men fight, before Belladonna arrives and breaks it up. She explains that Bandit is her boyfriend. They quickly escape from the museum and head to a café, where he and Belladonna chat, after Remy removes the firing pin key from the gun before Bandit can discover its true value. They chat amiably, and Belladonna has hopes that he and Bandit can become friends. Elsewhere, Detective Tanaka volunteers herself and her partner for a babysitting job, watching over a truck filled with seized A.I.M. weaponry. She murders her partner, before heading to the warehouse district. There, Bandit is trying to rally the guild members to his cause. He wants Gambit dead, so he can continue his own good work leading the guilds. They are quite unwilling to go after Remy, as they’ve failed before. Suddenly, Tanaka crashes the party with the truck, and offers them its contents.

 Gambit, Vol. 4 #12 - Thieves' World
Importance Rating: 9.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Georges Jeanty
Writer(s): John Layman
Release Date: July 2005
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Gambit: Hath No Fury
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Fun Facts: This was the last issue of this series.
Comic Summary: Having received a truckload of stolen goods from crooked detective, Noreen Tanaka, Bandit hands them out to the guild members. He wants Gambit dead. Gambit, meanwhile, goes undercover to learn a few things about Bandit, before having dinner with Belladonna. They get on well, until Remy informs her that Bandit is using her to climb to the top of the guilds, and doing all kinds of other sneaky stuff behind her back. She doesn’t want to hear this, and slaps him hard before throwing him out. He leaves, and later drops in on Bandit’s headquarters, where he kicks his butt. During the fight, Bandit admits that what Bella doesn’t know won’t hurt her. Unfortunately for him, Remy left his file at Bella’s place and she turns up to smack him hard upside the head. With the three of them surrounded by heavily armed assassins and thieves, Bandit orders them to shoot the other two. Belladonna orders them not to shoot anybody. Detective Tanaka then arrives, holding a nuclear device which she threatens to set off if Gambit doesn’t stand down. Remy is quicker than she figured, and he uses his charged cards to disable the device and take her down hard. Seeing little option but to fight their way out, Gambit, Belladonna and Bandit, who has little choice but to assist them, tear their way through the guild members with success. Later, Remy delivers all of them to a police station along with Tanaka before joining Belladonna at Madame Camille’s. He asks Camille to look after Bella, before managing to move Ginny’s schoolgirl crush away from him, and onto Brother Voodoo. He then departs New Orleans, informing them that even the X-mansion beats New Orleans for finding peace and quiet.

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