Rogue (2nd series) #1

Issue Date: 
September 2001
Story Title: 
In your Hands

Fiona Avery (writer), Aaron Lopresti (penciler), Randy Emberlin (inker), Colorgraphix (colors), Mike Heisler (letters), Peter Franco (assistant editor), Mark Powers (editor), Joe Quesada (editor-in-chief), Bill Jemas (president)

Brief Description: 

Rogue has just been taken into Xavier’s mansion. The X-Men, especially Wolverine are very suspicious about her, still she and Storm go shopping together. Xavier starts to train her on the astral plane, with his powers amplified by Cerebro. In illusionary scenarios Xavier experiences that residue imprints of all absorbed people are still within Rogue’s head, driving her crazy. She neeeds to learn how to erect mental walls. In a second session, she is supposed to confront her problems with touch, but panics and accidentally drains Xavier. While the X-Men check on their mentor, Rogue runs from the estate.

Full Summary: 

Rogue has just arrived at Xavier’s school with nothing than the clothes she wore, and even these are not her own but only hand-me downs. Storm promises to Xavier to take their guest shopping the next day. In her room Rogue thinks that she might come to like it here.
Downstairs Colossus, Nightcrawler and Wolverine discuss Rogue. Especially Logan is suspicious and smells trouble ahead, yet Storm comes in and says that eanyone needs a chance to proove himself. Wolverine announces to leave the next day to take care of some private business.
The next morning Storm takes Rogue to a mall, and they later arrive at the mansion with many bags and boxes. Rogue tries to help Storm with the boxes, but Ororo moves back, fearing that their skins could touch. The incident depresses Rogue again, although they had fun while shopping.
Later Rogue is talking with Xavier and Storm, as she suddenly realizes an owl inside the mansion. Xavier explains that ever since childhood he has been nursing wounded animals back to health. Batasar, the owl’s name, is already ok again, but in fact it does not wish to leave Xavier yet.
Xavier takes Rogue to Cerebro to start her first training. He explains the purpose of the device, it amplifies his own telepathy and will enable them to have their lesson in the astral plane. The professor asks how Rogue is feeling and she replies to be worried abou a math test. Yet this is not herself speaking, but residue of one of about 50 residue personalities i´n her head, as Xavier discovers. All of them are talking simultaneously and Rogue sometimes can’t even hear her own thoughts. With one gestures Xavier erects an astral brick wall, and all the voices are gone. Amazed Rogue asks if he could teach her how to o that, and Xavier agrees. At first he gets rid of the wall and then guides Rogue, who after lots of concentrating manages to create one brick. Still it is enough to make Xavier proud, and the lesson is ended.
Outside Storm wishes Logan a good journey. He once more voices his doubts about the new girl, but Storm lectures him for having prejudices. Rogue witnessed the scene from her window.
In Rogue’s next session with the professor, he wants to investigate her touch. In an astral scenario they find sthemselves at a playground with many children reaching for Rogue. She panics and backs away; Xavier sees how deep her fears run and tries andifferent scene. In a gym, Rogue is blindfolded, and Xavier talks to her about trust. He promises to catch her if she lets herself fall backwards and after some convincing she does as told. Then Xavier wants to reverse positions and she again is frightened. Catching someone would mean to use her hands and touch Xavier. The professor tries to calm her, but she freaks out; her reaction is so strong that she even moves in the physical world and accidentally touches Xavier. Immediatly she absorbs his power, and the X-Men, in telepathic contact with their mentor realize that he is in pain. Rogue runs away from the estate, while Nightcrawler checks on Xavier.

Characters Involved: 

Colossus, Nightcrawler, Rogue, Storm, Wolverine, Professor Charles Xavier (all X-Men)

Story Notes: 

In an interview Fiony Avery said that she wrote a footnote in the script that the limited series is set between Uncanny X-Men #171 and #172. However Wolverine’s presence then would definately be an error, as he was in Japan at that time.
The footnote was removed and apparently the series is set outside regular Marvel continuity as the editors chose to use Rogue without her absorbed Ms. Marvel powers or any reference to Mystique and her criminal past. It was intended to appeal to both comic and movie audience, but actually the end results drives both away. Long time comic fans are affronted by the continuity glitches, and for movie fans it will make no sense that the X-Men, especially Wolverine, are suspicious of Rogue, also various faces appear that haven’t made it to the movie so far.

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