Gambit (3rd series) #12

Issue Date: 
January 2000
Story Title: 
The Sunset Dawn - Book 1 : The Time Trap

Fabian Nicieza (writer), Steve Skroce (penciler), Rodney Ramos, Kaare Andrews and Charles Adlard (inkers), Shannon Blanchard (colorist), Richard Starkings & Comicraft‘s Troy Peteri (letters), Mark Powers (editor), Bob Harras (editor-in-chief)

Brief Description: 

Jean-Luc LeBeau and Tante Mattie fill in Gambit that they both were saved by him at the end of the 19th century. They even have a hundred year old photo to prove his presence in the past. Gambit asks Sekmeht Conoway for help and she suggests that he uses Dr. Doom’s time machine. Along with the Courier and the Mengo Brothers they invade Latveria, fight their way past many Doombots and reach the platform. Gambit takes Courier with him and they arrive in London 1891. They track down the Thieves Guild and learn that because of an earlier failure, Candra has taken Jean-Luc LeBeau and Belize Marceaux (both still young boys) hostage and has not renewed the guild pact. Candra needs knowledge on Dr. Essex (Mr. Sinister) to prepare herself against Apocalypse, and Gambit offers to provide it, yet the Guild have learned Essex’s whereabouts too and prefer to work off Candra’s debt themselves. Gambit grabs Jean-Luc and leaves, it’s a race to new York, where Essex lives under the alias of Dr. Milbury.

Full Summary: 

Chapter 1

Remy asks Sekmeht for help. The Thieves' Guild wanted the Momentary Princess (issue #10) to explain a hundred-year old suitcase. It contains a picture of Remy in 1891. He must go back in time, because he saved the guild from Candra; as well as rescuing Jean Luc and Tante Mattie as children.
Sekmeht directs him to time platform in Latveria (last reported destroyed in X-Force #64), which is now ruled by Stryfe. He gets Courier and hires the Mengo brothers (!) to help. They sneak in, destroy some Doom-bots, and find the reassembled platform. Since Courier is also in the picture, Remy takes him to the past, leaving the Mengos to guard Sekmeht.
Chapter 2: It Takes a Thief (or perhaps a Dozen)

(London, 1891)

Remy and Courier go to Worth (a master thief, the prototype for Doyle's Moriarty). He knows Jacques LeBeau.
Candra strolls into the United Service Club in London and berates the Tithe Collector for not punishing the Thieves' Guild for failing to get the Momentary Princess (run-on sentence). Jacques had sent his son Jean Luc to get it, as his tilling, but he failed, and Candra has withheld the elixir from them, so they are rapidly aging.
Remy tracks the Guild to Milbury house, Sinister's abandoned home.
Candra has Jean Luc and Belize, planning to kill them to punish their fathers. She explains she wants knowledge to keep herself safe from other Externals. The Thieves' Guild has been investigating the Old Kingdom, so she allied with them.
Remy has the Guild offer Candra Sinister's research; yet she is angered and takes the Guild members captive.
Chapter 3: Cards on the Table (and a Few up the Sleeve!)

Remy follows the Guild to Candra, leaving Courier behind as cover, impersonating a Bobby. The Tithe Collector uses Dr. Strange-like sorcery to get past Courier, who reverts to his true form and is knocked out.
Remy bursts in, frees the Guild and confronts Candra. The research the Guild brought her was about Apocalypse, whom she doesn’t want to confront, but information on Dr. Essex could help. The Tithe Collector arrives and confirms legends of Essex, with ghostly pale face, linked to the ancient Egyptian warlord. Remy offers to bring more on Sinister, if Candra will restore the pact, but the Guild refuses his help, since they already know Essex is in New York. Candra hands over the boy Belize and promises to release Jean-Luc when the Guild returns, but Gambit doesn’t trust her, causes an explosion and escapes with Jean-Luc.
Later at Worth’s place, Remy waits for Courier to wake. He sees in a newspaper that Essex, calling himself Milbury, is connected to the Black Womb. It's a race to New York to investigate.

Characters Involved: 




Sekmeht Conoway

Jean-Luc Lebeau

Tante Mattie
The Tithe Collector

The Mengo Brothers
In the past (1891) :

Adam Worth alias Henry Raymond


The Tithe Collector
Thieves’s Guild :

Jaques LeBeau, father of Jean-Luc

Jean-Luc LeBeau

Rouler / Marceaux), father of Belize

Belize Marceaux

Story Notes: 

The Milbury house was seen in the Further Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix #1-4. There Mr. Sinister departed to America in 1882.
This time travel story explains the Tithe Collector seeing Gambit ca. 100 years in the past (issue #9) and Candra knowing Gambit before he met her (issue #6).

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