Blind SightAuthor: Valerie JonesPairing:
Remy/Rogue (616 comics)Length:
320k+ (WIP)Summary: When Operation: Zero Tolerance turns into a full-fledged mutant hunt, Remy must use all of his resources to keep the X-Men safe while they search for a way to bring Bastion down.
I've started to write the review for this story three times now, and every time I've both completely failed to do the story justice and descended into incoherent and wildly enthusiastic raving by the third or fourth sentence. If I had to pick my single favorite fanfic from any fandom
, I'd name "Blind Sight" without a moment of hesitation, so at least I have justification for the difficulty.
(It's worth noting that this is the sequel to Thick as Thieves
[written by Valerie and Lori McDonald], which is itself a sequel to Lori's Looking at a Woman
. I'd recommend reading both before you start this behemoth; they're rec-worthy stories in their own right and crucial to understanding the background for "Blind Sight.")
So! Actual review time: THIS STORY IS FREAKING AWESOME. (Made it to the third paragraph - new record!) There is not a single thing I do not love about it. Gambit is just - he's GAMBIT, to the very best and fullest extent suggested by the comics. There's one right-between-the-eyes revelation scene after another; I love the sleight of hand Remy uses to misdirect the X-Men, the way he tries to break the world of the Thieves' Guilds to Rogue slowly and how she gets sucked in despite his best efforts anyway. Scott, normally a character much maligned - or at least overlooked - in Remy/Rogue fic, shines, and most of the core X-cast have their moments in the spotlight.
Probably my favorite aspect is the friendship between Remy and Bobby, carried over from "Thick as Thieves." The dynamic may seem like an odd one, but the two play off each other perfectly - but neither does the friendship between Remy and Ororo slip by unnoticed. The Remy/Rogue relationship is everything you could ask for from a story and more. Rogue, like her partner, is fully realized as a character. There are even some fantastic scenes with Mystique, and I'm nothing if not a sucker for the Rogue-Mystique relationship.
Unlike most stories that drag on for fifty or more chapters, my attention did not and has not wandered once. The plotting is - dare I say it - masterful, and there's a great deal of depth to the world of the New York Guild. Epic, romantic, funny, intriguing, action-packed - no, seriously, just go read the thing before I descend back into gibbering. (Especially chapter nineteen. That's gotta be my favorite.)Link: http://www.gambitguild.com/library/valerie_jones/blind_sight.html