If you have been reading Uncanny Avengers, written by Rich Remender and published by Marvel Comics, you are no doubt aware that one of the ongoing subplots deals with the tension between reluctant teammates Rogue and the Scarlet Witch. Rogue is carrying a grudge, angry that Wanda, during her recent period of madness, cast her reality-warping “No more mutants” spell and nearly wiped out mutant-kind. As far as Rogue is concerned, this set into motion the chain of events that eventually led to Charles Xavier’s death during the AvX crossover.
There is, of course, a hell of a lot more going on in Uncanny Avengers: the Red Skull grafting Xavier’s brain onto his own, time traveling Avengers arch-foe Kang attempting to alter history in his favor by abducting the so-called “Apocalypse Twins” in their infancy, the efforts by the now-adult Twins to derail Kang’s plans and assure mutant supremacy of the Earth, the tension between Havok and Captain America over who is the actual leader of the “Avengers Unity Squad,” Cap’s disapproval of Wolverine’s wet works activities when he was leading X-Force, the debate over whether or not mutants ought to assimilate into humanity or remain apart. Remender is juggling a heck of a lot of balls right now. I read Uncanny Avengers #9 a few days ago, and once again I cannot wait for the next issue to come out.
But, all that aside, getting back to Rogue, I had a revelation of sorts. It concerns John Cassaday, who illustrated the first four issues of Uncanny Avengers and remained as the cover artist for subsequent issues. There was a quality to Cassaday’s depiction of Rogue which reminded me of something. That sour expression he gave her just looked sooooo darn familiar, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Until yesterday, that is, when suddenly it hit me:
Yep, Rogue has been walking around the pages of Uncanny Avengers with an expression on her face that matches the famed scowl of Tarder Sauce, aka Grumpy Cat, the internet’s grumpiest cat, the feline who launched a thousand memes. I can’t believe I didn’t catch it before. At this rate, next thing you know, Rogue will be telling us “I was an Avenger once. It was horrible.”