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 Gambit, Volume 5 #1 - Once a Thief..., Part One
Importance Rating: 9.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Clay Mann
Writer(s): James Asmus
Release Date: October 2012
Variant Covers: A. Variant Cover

B. Second Print Variant
Trade Availability: Gambit, Volume 1: Once a Thief
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Fun Facts: First Appearance of Borya Cich, the woman later names Joelle, and Remlik.
Comic Summary: Gambit has managed to get himself an invitation to a charity fundraiser organized by the crooked but extremely rich Borya Cich. He heads over there with more than fundraising on his mind. Knowing that Cich probably keeps all kinds of unusual things in his estate, he soon mingles with the other guests and decides to go into action. He explodes a propane cylinder which causes a distraction. He leads a young lady whom he met earlier to safety, but as soon as the guards are off his case he heads to the opposite end of the house. There, he finds an invisible room and heads inside. After breaking the security measures with ease, he enters a massive room where all kinds of booty can be found. He soon discovers a small object which attracts his attention. However, when he tries to grab it, the object sparks and explodes the glass container it is housed in. It bounces across the room and explodes a statue as the security measures kick in. This comes in the form of a Sentinel, which prepares to kill Gambit. By the time the guards arrive, Gambit is gone, the Sentinel is destroyed and the place is a smoking mess. Cich�s head guard goes after Gambit but fortunately, the young lady he met earlier provides him with an alibi. As she and Gambit depart, Borya Cich assures his right hand man that they will settle this later. Back at his apartment, Remy tries to touch the object again but this time he is attacked by a strange five-legged creature, which burrows itself painfully into his chest.

 Gambit, Volume 5 #2 - Can't Shake You Loose
Importance Rating: 9.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Clay Mann
Writer(s): James Asmus
Release Date: November 2012
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Gambit, Volume 1: Once a Thief
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Fun Facts: First appearance of Fence.
Comic Summary: Gambit has a friend of his named Fence try to extract the parasite that has lodged itself into his chest. However, despite his hi-tech equipment, Fence is unable to shift it. He determines that there is no digital record of it anywhere online and suggests that Remy digs around into Borya Cich a little more. They discover that the Museum of the Americas has a small team dedicated to Cich�s acquisitions, so Gambit heads over there and finds a map of the place in the lobby. Later, he breaks into the building and avoids its security sensors before discovering two workers lying unconscious. He then spots a woman in the next room searching for something. When he confronts her, they start fighting, but after she finds what she�s looking for they are disturbed by a guard. She quickly heads to the roof with Gambit hot on her heels. There, she plays nice for a moment before pulling out a knife with which to pry the parasite from his chest. When he steps back in surprise, he falls off the roof and crashes through a skylight back into the museum. He is arrested whilst she makes her getaway. Gambit is then led to a car in handcuffs. En route to the police station, the woman blocks their path and the car skids to a halt. Remy picks his locks and kicks his two guards out before running the woman over in response to her sending him through the skylight. Clinging to the car�s hood, she points out that he needs her help in removing the parasite. Remy decides to give her the benefit of the doubt and he pulls over, allowing her inside. He asks where they are heading next. "Guatemala", she replies.

 Gambit, Volume 5 #3 - Jungle Boogie
Importance Rating: 9.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Clay Mann
Writer(s): James Asmus
Release Date: November 2012
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Gambit, Volume 1: Once a Thief
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: After spending some quality time together in a hotel room, Gambit and his mystery lover jump on a plane to Guatemala City and arrive at a large sinkhole; one of many that have appeared throughout the city. She explains that Cich smuggled anything of interest out of there but luckily she got her hands on a map which leads to some kind of temple. She believes there may be something of interest there. They hire a clapped-out old Jeep and head into the jungle, where it promptly breaks down. They instead make their way on foot and soon come across a large carved stone buried deep within the ground. As they approach, it they are attacked by hundreds of spiders but Gambit manages to kill them off by leading them onto the stone before charging it with energy to explode it. They then enter a cavern which seems awfully modern for an ancient civilizations temple. There, the parasite in Remys body begins to lead him in a particular direction. As they enter a room with a circle laid out on the floor, something scans their bodies. Moments later, large tendrils descend from the ceiling and attack them. They fight back and manage to get clear of that room, only to find themselves in a beautiful cavern where the second parasite rests. As they approach it, Remy becomes weaker until it leaves his body to join up with its twin. The woman seems intent on using whatever power they possess for her own needs but, as she approaches them, they look up to see several dragon-like creatures circling above them. Remy tells her that he doesnt believe the parasites are fixing to deliver the power of the gods; they are bring the gods to them!

 Gambit, Volume 5 #4 - Shes the End of the World
Importance Rating: 9.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Clay Mann
Writer(s): James Asmus
Release Date: December 2012
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Gambit, Volume 1: Once a Thief
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Fun Facts: Joelle tells Gambit her first name in this issue, she remained nameless until this comic.
Comic Summary: The two mysterious parasites, one of which was once embedded in Remys chest, lock together and open a portal to another dimension. With the power of the gods somehow not forthcoming, Remys mysterious companion realizes that this isnt what she expected. A giant multi-headed creature comes through the portal and attacks them, forcing the pair of them to run for their lives. They make their way to a small cave, but the creatures prehensile tongue grabs the woman and drags her away. Remy gives chase and he ends up inside the creature, exploding it from the inside using his energy powers. Another monster grabs her and pulls her through the portal so Remy gives chase once again, though its hard going as he finds it difficult to breathe in this new dimension. Nevertheless, he manages to rescue her from its clutches and they make their escape. They get back through the portal but one of the creatures follows. Remy decides to try and close the portal by charging a card. He sticks it into the twin parasites which created the portal and, when it explodes, this does the job. Grateful for the save, the mystery woman informs him that her name is Joelle, but before he can get any more information she knocks him out cold. He wakes up alone and returns to New York City, where he finds a chauffeur waiting for him at the airport. When he gets into his limo, he finds Borya Cich and two more bodyguards. Cich wants some answers.

 Gambit, Volume 5 #5 - Under-dressed and Under Duress
Importance Rating: 9.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Diogenes Neves
Writer(s): James Asmus
Release Date: January 2013
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Gambit, Volume 1: Once a Thief
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Gambit has been captured by Borya Cich and his men. They take him to the Swiss Alps where he is given a motorbike. He uses it to stop a truck destined for the Eurotech Research Project nearby and Cichs men take the truck. When they get there, they use cunning to enter the building and head to their target area, a small room where tiny teleportation devices are being stored. Cichs right-hand man, Remlik, tests one and it appears to work properly. Gambit blindsides Remlik and attempts to use one to escape, only to find himself teleporting right back to Cichs private jet. He is tasered unconscious and wakes up to find himself strapped to the back of the plane. Cich then detaches the cable and Remy falls to Earth, thinking about how he may have gone too far this time. As he resigns himself to being killed, he is teleported back to the plane. Cich warns him that, now he knows what is in store next time he deviates from the plan, he will be prepped for the real mission. Meanwhile, two of Director Pete Wisdoms employees bring him information about the Eurotech break in and inform him that not only was Gambit involved, but the plane is heading to the UK. Wisdom asks them to rally the troops. They need to be ready for them.

 Gambit, Volume 5 #6 - British Invasion
Importance Rating: 9.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Diogenes Neves & Al Barrionuevo
Writer(s): James Asmus
Release Date: January 2013
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Gambit, Volume 1: Once a Thief
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Fun Facts: This is the first interaction between Gambit and Pete Wisdom in the comics.
Comic Summary: Gambit is given a job to do by Borya Cich: steal Excalibur. Reluctantly, he enters Buckingham Palace and poses as Sir Anthony Ellis in order to get close to Faiza Hussain, who wields the sword. He takes her by surprise, steals the sword and escapes, only to be captured by Pete Wisdom and agents of MI:13. They take him to their North London headquarters where he is questioned. However, having Remy captured was all part of Cichs plan in order to use the GPS on his anklet to locate MI:13s building. His men invade the building and steal all Wisdoms weaponry before teleporting his team out of there along with Gambit. Pete Wisdom is furious and wants Remys head on a plate.

 Gambit, Volume 5 #7 - Stiff Upper Lip
Importance Rating: 9.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Diogenes Neves & Al Barrionuevo
Writer(s): James Asmus
Release Date: February 2013
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Gambit, Volume 1: Once a Thief
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Pete Wisdom is on the warpath and has Gambit in his sights. Meanwhile, Remy is the captive of Russian megalomaniac Borya Cich and is currently being forced to open locked weapons cases stolen from MI:13. Working for others doesnt sit well with Gambit. Unseen, he charges up a card with a timed explosive. When it goes off, he grabs a weapon from the case hes working on and shoots Remlik with it. Unfortunately, Remlik isnt particularly affected by it and it emerges that he is something of an experiment, having being augmented several times by Cich using body parts from aliens, mutants and others. He and Remy then fight so Remy tries to use Borya Cich as a hostage. Cich zaps him with a cane, which forces Remy to release his grip. Cich has finally had enough and orders Remlik to kill him. Gambit then reveals that he has the remote control for the explosive anklet hes been wearing. He activates the anklet which he earlier placed outside the door and through the hole he creates comes Pete Wisdom and agents of MI:13. They do battle with Cichs men and are too strong for them. Remlik, for all his augmentations, is taken out by Remy with a kick to his glass jaw. As Cich and his crew are led away, Pete Wisdom gives Gambit a severe ticking off but lets him go, understanding that he was forced to act the way he did. As Remy is flown home, he contacts Fence, who plays him footage about an E.S.U. professor in trouble which demands his immediate attention.

 Gambit, Volume 5 #8 - Forever Endeavor
Importance Rating: 9.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Pasqual Ferry, Devid Baldeon, and Clay Mann
Writer(s): James Asmus
Release Date: March 2013
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Gambit, Volume 2: Tombstone Blues
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Fun Facts: Title Logic: Forever Endeavor is also the name of a Ron Sexsmith album released at the same time as the comic, not sure of any connection other than the catchy title.
Comic Summary: After receiving a distress call from an E.S.U. professor, Gambit heads to the Forever City, former home of the High Evolutionary. Wearing a suit designed by Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four which negates evolutionary energies, he enters the city and soon discovers the evolution engine, which is still operational. He also notices some pretty large claw marks on the wall, which gives him cause for concern. He manages to gain access to a room that one of the creatures there was trying to get into and finds the professor and some of her students. Turns out, the evolution engine has been operating and turned not only some of the local wildlife into evolved versions of themselves, but also some of the students. Gambit introduces himself and tells them that he will try to get them out of there. With a creature at the door, he figures the roof is the best option. They head up there, but one of the students sneezes on the face of another and Gambit realizes that her bacteria has evolved. As more creatures arrive, alerted by the sound of the sneeze, they make a run for it. Gambit orders them to get to the edge of the city whilst he stays behind and deals with the pursuing creatures. Once hes dealt with them in his own inimitable fashion, he finds the others and tells the professor that hell contact Hank McCoy to help sort out the mess there. Something the professor says then reminds him of Joelle and he calls Fence to ask him to tell him where she is, should he manage to locate her. He just hopes she hasnt got into any more trouble. Meanwhile, Joelle finds herself at a club where super-villains hang out. She asks the doorman for his boss. She has someone in her pocket he might be interested in.

 Gambit, Volume 5 #9 - A Man Walks Into A Bar...
Importance Rating: 9.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Clay Mann
Writer(s): James Asmus
Release Date: March 2013
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Gambit, Volume 2: Tombstone Blues
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Gambit heads off to find Joelle at the Club With No Name, a super-villain hang out where they can spend time with ladies who like bad boys. His friend Fence watches from his car after hacking into the clubs video feeds. As Remy approaches the club, Rogue calls him for a chat but he doesnt really have time to speak to her at the moment. Once inside, he mingles with the likes of Batroc and Tiger Shark but manages to finally get the chance to speak with Joelle. She is there on business with Tombstone. She has something for him and in return he is paying her well. Gambit tries to talk to her but Joelle tells him in no uncertain terms that this is none of his business. Shes a grown woman and can handle herself. She finds her nervous business partner, Shakey, and takes him to see Tombstone. Shakey has a memory chip with information about Baron Von Strucker that Tombstone requires. Gambit, desperate to get her out of there, informs the villains present that she is there to rob them. They react by wishing to tear her apart, a reaction Gambit wasnt quite expecting. He is forced to fight alongside her and leave the club by blowing a hole in the wall. He manages to get Joelle to safety, but she is upset that hes ruined her business plan. He asks if shes out for some kind of revenge, but she admits that its all because she has a daughter and shes dying.

 Gambit, Volume 5 #10 - Teeth Of The Hydra Upon You
Importance Rating: 9.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Clay Mann, Leonard Kirk
Writer(s): James Asmus
Release Date: April 2013
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Gambit, Volume 2: Tombstone Blues
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Fun Facts: Title Logic: The title appears to come from the T-Rex song Get It On or Bang a Gong (Get It On) which features the line Youve got the teeth of the Hydra upon you.
Comic Summary: Gambit and Joelle head into the wilderness using a map provided by Shakey. They soon locate a semi-hidden Hydra base and enter. With only beta clearance available they are soon attacked by mutates old Hydra experiments left behind to kill trespassers. There are many of them and they are joined by a giant which emerges through the floor. It targets Remy and shoots at him but he uses a couple of smaller mutates as shields. Using his acrobatics combined with charged playing cards, Gambit manages to destroy the giant. He and Joelle then manage to kill a few more mutates as they escape into a room high above where theyve just come from. There they discover what they have come for, a cabinet containing several vials. Gambit uses his lock picking skills to gain access to it and Joelle removes one of them, handing it over. She hopes this will cure her daughter. The computer then initiates a zero protocol and Gambit reckons that its time to make their escape. He blows a hole in the floor and they make a swift exit using a snowmobile. Once outside, Remy half expects the place to blow up but it doesnt. Back at their base, Tombstone locates Fence and explains that he believes what Gambit has got is a zero compound, a chemical weapon. He wants to know where they are. Meanwhile, Gambits snowmobile runs out of gas so they bed down for the night. When they wake up the following morning they find Rogue standing over them. Not far away, the Hydra base mutates are destroyed in an acid shower which has the effect of leaving the station intact.

 Gambit, Volume 5 #11 - Girl Trouble
Importance Rating: 9.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Paco Medina, Clay Mann
Writer(s): James Asmus
Release Date: May 2013
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Gambit, Volume 2: Tombstone Blues
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: Desperate to learn the lady thiefs secret, Gambit joins Joelle on a heist that may even be too much for him to handleespecially when the villainous Tombstone gets involved! And when Gambits in over his head, who will answer his call for help? Heres a hint: Shes the feisty, green-clad, roguish Uncanny Avenger featured on the cover! And she may just have an opinion of her own on Gambits extracurricular activities.

 Gambit, Volume 5 #12 - Tombstone Blues
Importance Rating: 9.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Clay Mann, Leonard Kirk, Dexter Soy
Writer(s): James Asmus
Release Date: May 2013
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Gambit, Volume 2: Tombstone Blues
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Fun Facts: Title Logic: 'Tombstone Blues' is a song by Bob Dylan.
Comic Summary: Desperate to learn the lady thiefs secret, Gambit joins Joelle on a heist that may even be too much for him to handleespecially when the villainous Tombstone gets involved! And when Gambits in over his head, who will answer his call for help? Heres a hint: Shes the feisty, green-clad, roguish Uncanny Avenger featured on the cover! And she may just have an opinion of her own on Gambits extracurricular activities.

 Gambit, Volume 5 #13 - A Little Piece Of My Heart
Importance Rating: 9.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Amilcar Pinna
Writer(s): James Asmus
Release Date: June 2013
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Gambit, Volume 3: King of Thieves
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Fun Facts: None.
Comic Summary: GAMBIT may be in over his head - JOELLE, the woman he's fighting to save, the one he may be falling for, is on the brink of death. But could the secret she's been keeping be the key to her survival? - Meanwhile, Gambit's former flame and current Uncanny Avenger ROGUE must decide whether she'll help him save Joelle or bring him in. - And the villainous TOMBSTONE? Well, he's willing to cut down any and all of 'em to get what he wants.

 Gambit, Volume 5 #14 - Blood Sugar Sex Magic
Importance Rating: 9.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Khoi Pham
Writer(s): James Asmus
Release Date: August 2013
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Gambit, Volume 3: King of Thieves
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Fun Facts: Title Logic: 'Blood Sugar Sex Magic' is the name of Red Hot Chili Pepper's breakthrough album.
Comic Summary: Unable to go to his agents at MI13 for help, Pete Wisdom calls in his favor and tasks Gambit with recovering a stolen enchanted artifact. - And if this cover is any indication, this task is right up the Ragin' Cajun's alley!

 Gambit, Volume 5 #15 - Watch the Throne
Importance Rating: 9.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Clay Mann
Writer(s): James Asmus
Release Date: September 2013
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Gambit, Volume 3: King of Thieves
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Comic Summary: Gambit is once again the premier thief in the Marvel Universe. - But when you're at the top, there's nowhere to go but down - and a rival thief is hot on his heels!

 Gambit, Volume 5 #16 - King of Thieves
Importance Rating: 9.5 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Clay Mann
Writer(s): James Asmus
Release Date: October 2013
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Gambit, Volume 3: King of Thieves
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Comic Summary: Who is Gambit's friend Fence? How did they meet? And what secrets is he hiding? - To save those dear to him, Gambit must attempt the impossible - and he'll need all of his thieving skills to succeed! - The past is gone but not forgotten in this explosive penultimate issue!

 Gambit, Volume 5 #17 - All In
Importance Rating: 10.0 out of 10
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Penciler(s): Clay Mann
Writer(s): James Asmus
Release Date: November 2013
Variant Covers: None.
Trade Availability: Gambit, Volume 3: King of Thieves
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Fun Facts: This is the final issue of thise series.
Comic Summary: Torn between his separate lives - mutant hero and master thief - Gambit is forced to make a choice between the two, with major consequences for what comes next! - But he better make his choice fast - because he's trapped at the center of a deadly super-villain riot! (And a few of them may have scores to settle with Gambit himself.)

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