" How come Rogue didn't have more of one? That was her "brother" after all and she was front and center when it happened. "Didn't she fall unconscious right after she saw what happened? There wasn't time yet. Probably next issue.
" @pixelized: Isn't she still in the back alley where the fight took place? Anyway, didn't Mystique try to kill both Nightcrawler & Rogue in the past? She's hardly the maternal type :p "@JediXMan said:
" @pixelized said:I remember her tearing up but not much after that." How come Rogue didn't have more of one? That was her "brother" after all and she was front and center when it happened. "Didn't she fall unconscious right after she saw what happened? There wasn't time yet. Probably next issue.
"To clarify: is Rogue now a captive of the Purifiers / Bastion now?
Mystique is Hot and Cold with her children. I think this would sadden her.
How come Destiny didn't mention this to Rogue in Necrosha?? Then rogue could have jumped in and died instead. Woot Woot.
I'd like to see a decent reaction out of her.
Rogue will probably be upset but they've never really had a brother/sister relationship and for that matter Nightcrawler and Mystique have never had a mother/son relationship either.....
All of Mystique's relationships (save with Destiny) have been a bit, how shall we say...ambiguous. Maybe part of it is that she's always working with multiple layers of fake identities and loses track of which feelings are genuine and which aren't; maybe part of it is that she resents any genuine care she has for anyone becuase it makes her vulnerable (esp. after Destiny's death). I know it's fashionable to paint her as just a conniving femme fatale, but consider her more valiant (if sometimes confused and selfish) actions:
--she's trying to save Wolverine's behind right now despite his having hunted her down, left her for dead and suggesting she kill herself because her life was worthless
--she tried to break up Rogue and Gambit's relationship because she didn't think Gambit was worthy of her and didn't want to see him end up using her like he has others before; she even went so far as to try to set Rogue up with someone who could negate her powers
--on several occasions, she's spared Iceman's life when she could have easily killed him
--she kidnapped Hope, betrayed the X-Men, and murdered Mr. Sinister, all of which can, and have, had significant repercussions for her, because she thought she needed to do so to save Rogue
--she has repeatedly shown that she would like to make amends with both Rogue and Nightcrawler for her past mistreatment
Most telling of all, WAY back when I first started to collect comics, and they were just hinting at the possibility of a relationship between her and Nightcrawler, she demonstrated in something like a "danger room" scenario her ready willingness to kill any of the X-Men (even Rogue), but held back when it came to Nightcrawler.
Let's face it, Mystique is by no means a nice person, but she's not totally heartless. Yes, she tossed the infant Nightcrawler off a cliff hoping to kill him, and yes, for totally selfish reasons; but let's not forget that at the time she was terrified and in rather immediate danger of being murdered, and let's not forget that she HAS expressed remorse over having done so. Given this, my suspicion is that Nightcrawler's death will hit her especially hard. They two never came to more than an awkward reconciliation, and with Nightcrawler dead, she's now in a position where she can NEVER make right what she did to him. I definitely agree with those who think this might drive her to revenge against Hope (since Mystique does have a tendency to blame the wrong people); though if the writers are smart, I think this should affect her relationship with Rogue. It's in piss-poor condition right now, but Rogue is all Mystique has left. I could easily see her becoming so overprotective of Rogue that she starts, in typical Mystique fashion, "protecting" her from Gambit, Magneto, the X-Men, etc...
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