That time Grant Morrison nearly killed off the X-Men's Rogue

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Feb 8, 2017

Grant Morrison might not be Chris Claremont, but he still ranks among the greatest X-Men writers of all time thanks to New X-Men, the early-2000s title that allowed him to re-imagine Marvel's mutants, their foes, and even Charles Xavier's school. Some of what Morrison introduced during his run is still reverberating through the X-titles today, and it remains one of the best eras in the team's history, thanks in part to plenty of moments that shook up the status quo.

But there was one major shake-up Morrison didn't get to carry out: the death of Rogue.

Yes, in his famous pitch document "The Manifesto," Morrison outlined many of the ways he felt the X-Men had become stale and described what he'd change about the franchise. Killing off Rogue, and even replacing her, was among his ideas. Check it out:

So why didn't Morrison get his wish? According to CBR's Brian Cronin, one of Morrison's initial requests was that he could use any mutant he wanted in New X-Men, regardless of which title they might normally hang out in. Marvel, on the other hand, decided that the teams in each X-title would stay in those titles (a rule that was later bent), and Rogue ended up with her co-creator Claremont in the pages of X-Treme X-Men.

So, Rogue survived, Gambit didn't have to mourn her and we got plenty of other X-crises from Grant Morrison's pen.