Having loved the She-Hulk Diaries I had high hopes for the second title in Marvel’s new chick lit line of books. Rogue Touch by Christine Woodward is a story from the X-Man, Rogue’s past not long after she discovers her powers. Rogue had the tragic beginning of realizing she could steal someone’s personality, memories and powers if they have any, just by touching them. She discovered this power when kissing a boy for the first time. The boy ends up in a coma that he never wakes from.
By its nature Rogue’s story wasn’t going to be full of fun and humor like She Hulk’s was. So I was ready for a more serious story. We begin with Anna Marie (Rogue’s real name) in hiding in a small town in the south. She’s been on the run since Cody, the boy she kissed, fell into his “inexplicable” coma. She’s working overnight in a bakery since that limits any human contact she may have.
She soon realizes she has a stalker. Although he seems harmless and is, of course, very good-looking. Events unfold so poor Anna Marie, always the outcast wearing long sleeves, long pants and boots in the summer, finds herself on the run again. This time she’s not alone as she is rescued by the mysterious stranger known as Touch. The travel across country as Anna Marie, soon renamed Rogue by her traveling buddy, tries to unravel the mystery surrounding Touch and maybe the answer to controlling her isolating power.
I had issues with this book. Not the least of which was, it didn’t feel like the Rogue I know and love. She was a random chick with the same powers but none of the personality. Granted Rogue went through a great deal, according to her back story, to become the person we see in X-Men but still there should be some familiarity there. The story was much more traditional chick lit/romance plot-wise, with no new twists or humor to make it stand out at all.
It’s not a horrible book, it was definitely a quick read. The writing was decent enough. I just didn’t care all that much about these people and I definitely didn’t recognize this universe as being the Marvel one. If you’re into chick lit and a Rogue fan you might enjoy this one if not you should probably just skip it.
Writer: Woodward, Christine
Artist: Woodward, Christine
Cover Artist: Woodward, Christine
Twenty-year-old Anna Marie was just fired for the third time. She looks like a Goth girl to the extreme, her shock of white hair contrasting her head-to-toe black garb. She’s all alone in Jackson, Mississippi, having left her hometown and her crazy strict aunt when Anna Marie accidentally put her boyfriend, Cody, in a coma as they made out. She destroyed both of their lives with a kiss. Her skin, her touch, is death. Then she meets otherworldly James and everything changes. Even though James is secretive about his past, Anna Marie learns he’s on the run. To elude his mysterious and dangerous family, James changes his name to Touch and then christens Anna Marie, Rogue. They are harried and hunted, danger at their heels. Rogue must decide if she’ll unleash her devastating powers once more in order to save the only man alive who seems truly to understand and accept her.
Format: GRAPHIC NOVEL
On Sale: June 19, 2013
Diamond Id: APR131396