Sometimes gambits fail

Gap-toothed farmer’s overalls were not meant to combine with Eighties-era Olivia Newton John colors and fabrics. Sadly, in an alternate Marvel universe, such a fashion tragedy came to pass and resulted in this terribly unfortunate Gambit clone:

I’m from Louisiana. I’ve known Cajuns. I’m related to Cajuns. And I swear to you on my father’s grave: No Cajun would ever — EVER — wear something like this. Not in pieces, not together, not in that color, and certainly not without some sort of matching accessories.

What I’m saying is, that alternate future must not only have featured the unholy Redneck Workout line of clothing from JC Penny’s but some sort of soul-altering catastrophe that obliterated what limited fashion sense the people of the Bayou State have in our reality. And these are people for whom an undershirt is considered formal wear.

What I think actually happened is that in this timeline, Gambit accidentally mugged Dr. Polaris from DC’s Green Lantern, and stole his boots. From that single terrible mistake flowed all the rest. Now it’s socially acceptable to wear a terrycloth vest and purple Daisy Dukes when you’re a guy.

We can only pray the Sentinels survived to wipe this devastation from the face of the alternate Earth, or we’re all in big, big trouble.

(Image and character © Marvel Comics.)

11 Responses to Sometimes gambits fail

  1. I love how Gambit’s thought bubble even says “I wouldn’t be caught dead in an outfit like that.” I’m just glad I never saw this issue of X-Men. What happened to this clone? Did he have a color-blindness mutation?

  2. What. The. Frak.

    I’m gonna go ahead and presume this is Jim Lee’s fault. And I know this is the ’90s. But, did Jim Lee bump his head before coming up with this monstrosity? Was this designed after a night of drinking Everclear? Did his buddy Rob slip a roofie into his coffee that morning…holy crap! Rob Liefeld was giving Jim Lee roofies throughout the ’90s! This explains almost everything.
    And now that I’m through the looking glass, I will be visited in the night by men with tiny feet and giant guns. If you don’t hear from me again, HeroMachine community, you will know how I met my end. ;)

  3. Jeff, have faith, if the Sentinels didn’t survive, you won’t have to deal with it, alternate you will be running around with bright pink overalls.

  4. utter lack of a trench coat.

  5. Nick Hentschel

    Let’s be constructive: what WOULD Cajuns wear? (We may have another contest here…)

  6. Why on God’s green Earth does Marvel need to put normally cool characters in purple!?!? They did the same thing to poor Magneto! Who is next Spider-man, or Wolverine?!?!

  7. Nick Hentschel

    I guess it;s because purple is a good-looking color, and they’re over-eager about using it. (It certainly looks good on me!)

  8. @Myro sadly, it was actually in the 2000’s. This was from the Gambit ongoing series. He was the main antogonist of the whole series, New Son. It was one of those slow reveils, where he was talked about and not shown, and then this was the result. Needless to say, the series died shortly after.

  9. Dan (8): Wow, no surprise there. The series really died after this reveal? Color me shocked.

  10. haha yeah man. It was one of those things like they built it up New Son so long, and then he’s reveiled as some lame alternate reality Gambit in this purple abomination. Yawn.

  11. Not to mention capes went out in the 40’s!