This may be just me but over the past few days due to McNiven's Captain America vs Gambit fight, I've noticed some people have been denying Gambit's ability to charge organic matter and for some people who have been out of the loop don't know he can. So this blog is to set the record straight and to bring those that have been away from Gambit or the X-Men for awhile up to speed.
AvX Versus 2
The fight that started it all.
Now here we have Gambit charging Cap's uniform. Steve says with Gambit not being able to charge organic matter to which Remy replies with "fish don't make them scales." Now 1) this issue implies that Gambit CAN'T charge organic matter. 2) That statement is false. There are at least 4 other instances of Gambit charging organic material so let's present them.
Gambit issue 5:
Gambit says he cannot charge organic matter. I expect this to be a similar situation to what happened with McNiven.
X-Men Legacy 214
So we rewind a few years and we get this.
So Gambit charges Shaw. Now I've argued before that it is Shaw's power to absorb kinetic energy which Remy is just a giant battery of. But due to further events and further interpretation to Gambit's own statements and in the situation they are in why would he lie to Shaw? Gambit said he can put his charge into anything or anyone. He also showed genuine concern for Shaw if he could convert it into energy. If Gambit couldn't charge organic material then there would be no energy building on or inside Shaw for him to absorb it.
The next scan I believe it to be in X-23's series issue 5 or 6?
Gambit self charge.
Here we have Gambit charging his own fist. This scan is possibly the most questionable since it could be argued he charged his glove instead. But this is why we have further evidence.
Daken: Dark Wolverine # 8
Gambit charges Daken's fist.
Now Daken's fist was caught. Gambit clearly charges it and his whole arm just goes boom.
X-Men vs Vampires 2
Now I've seen this instance mentioned, but he is just charging her choker..
X-Men Vol 3 # 10
So Gambit is turned into a lizard like creature along with Wolverine and Storm due to Dark Beast and an invention of his. Gambit grabs the lizard and well you'll see what happens.
Lizard Gambit grabs a smaller lizard with his tail. He charges the lizard and throws it using it as a bomb against Emma Frost. Nothing inorganic on that lizard and Gambit was even in a feral state. Charged a living thing perfectly fine once again.
So that's it. We have a questionable instance with McNiven whom probably didn't simply do his research in the first place and one mention by Asmus in Gambit issue 5 vs 4 other instances that Gambit showed charging something organic and the latter 3 happened within the past couple of years so they are fairly recent. I simply blame the fact that it isn't something that has been officially stated and can be very easily overlooked.