Gambit (3rd series) #20

Issue Date: 
September 2000
Story Title: 
In Dreams

Fabian Nicieza (writer), Joe St. Pierre (penciler), Eric Cannon (inker), Tom Smith (colorist), Richard Starkings & Comicraft‘s Troy Peteri (letters), Mike Marts (editor), Bob Harras (editor-in-chief)

Brief Description: 

In his dreams Gambit is visited by Fontanelle. She explains that when she was originally contacted by the Courier to work for the New Son, she was supposed to do a profile on Gambit. Probing the X-Men, she learned of him having been abandoned in Antarctica, and the New Son rescued Remy from there. Claiming that his goal was to create a new perfect world, Gambit agreed to help him and rescued Courier from the Evolutionary’s base and aquired various objects to complete the task, yet Planet Doom shifting into this universe pulled New Son’s plans to a stop. Also Fontanelle reveals that the job took a personal interest when she found out about Amanda Mueller’s involvement with Mr. Sinister in the past, for Mueller is actually her mother. Conclusion is that they need to find out more about the New Son’s motives, his origin and about the Old Kingdom prophecies of the Guilds, therefore they need to find out about Gambit’s own past. For a start Gambit travels to Washington where he asks Courier to impersonate Xavier to gain access to some governmental facalties.

Full Summary: 

Remy kisses and cavorts with Rogue on a beach, then she turns into Bella Donna, who tries to drown him. He uses his enhanced and restored powers to turn the water in his throat to oxygen. The New Son appears, having turned out to be Remy himself, or a clone, alternate universe version, or twin brother,
and blasts with much more power than Remy.
He wakes; it was a nightmare, and Fontanelle says it a warning from his subconscious mind. She reveals her real name and says she was an obscure therapist with a taste for S&M, whom Courier hired to profile Remy. She started with the dreams of the X-Men and learned they stranded him in the Antarctic (Uncanny X-Men #350), so the New Son sent a rescue party, which is why Remy owed him. He said he planned to create a new, perfect world and then move everyone to it, and Remy agreed to help. He rescued Courier from the High Evolutionary (Wizard #1/2 Special), who had stolen plans for terraforming equipment, then stole a blueprint for an alien ship, for transportation (# 1), then stole Moira's files on mutants (# 2), to be able to restrict resistance, then tried to help Courier recruit the Crew ASKEW (# 3). But the New Son's plan went hincky, because Dr. Doom shifted an alternate earth (Heroes Reborn) into the spot the New Son had wanted to use. So he tried to use Quiet Bill to find a vacancy in an alternate universe.
Fontanelle says his friends and foes all respect him but see his internal conflicts. She recounts his twisted history with the Guilds and reveals that Amanda Mueller (# 13), whom he saved from Sinister in 1891, was her mother, but she doesn't know what happened to her. Since Mueller was an adult in 1891 and Fontanelle was born in the 1950s, Mueller must age very slowly.
The New Son grew frantic and threatened to kill Remy (# 15). She started seeding the minds she investigated, to help save him, so the New Son fired her.
The X-Men confronted the New Son and found out he looks like Remy (2000 Annual), but they still don't know his origin or agenda, or how this fits into the Guilds and the Old Kingdom, or why the New Son thinks Remy will destroy the world. Fontanelle says they need answers fast, before the New Son returns, and they should start by investigating their mutual past.
Remy goes to Washington, DC, and asks Courier to impersonate Xavier and infiltrate Kelly's Commission on Superhuman Activities to get information about the New Son.

Characters Involved: 



In dream sequences and flashbacks

Angel, Beast, Cable, Iceman, Phoenix IV, Rogue, Storm (all X-Men)

Sekmeht Conoway

Bella Donna Boudreaux


New Son

Amanda Mueller

Mr. Sinister


High Evolutionary

Dr. Doom


Joanna Cargill

Story Notes: 

The issue sums up and ties together many mysterious events throughout the whole Gambit ongoing series.

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