Marvel Heroines: Rogue: Untouched by Alisa Kwitney

Rogue: Untouched

A Marvel Heroines Novel

Rogue: Untouched

A Marvel Heroines Novel

By Alisa Kwitney

Rogue’s frightening new mutant powers keep her at arms-length from the world, but two strangers offer a chance to change her life forever, in this exhilarating Marvel Super Hero adventure

Young Rogue’s life is a mess: she’s on her own, working a terrible diner job and hiding from everyone. The powers she has started to develop are terrifying: when your first kiss almost kills the guy, it’s hard to trust anyone – even yourself. Then two people arrive in town who could change her life, and she finally gets a choice: try her luck with the big-haired billionaire who claims to be scouting for gifted interns, or trust the rakish Cajun gambler with the eerie red eyes. But these two aren’t the only ones interested in a mutant just coming into her powers. Rogue will have to master her abilities and decide her own fate – before someone else does.

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It isn’t easy being extraordinary. Superhuman powers can be both a gift and a curse in a world where those talents can be used for good or evil. A lucky few are taught how to control their abilities at the Charles Xavier Institute, while others must master their uniquely dangerous powers alone. Will they become true heroes and heroines when called upon to defend the world, or turn their fearsome abilities to conquering the world? Meanwhile, in a realm beyond Earth, mighty heroes do battle with monsters of myth and undertake quests to restore peace and honor to the legendary halls of Asgard and the Ten Realms.

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Publication Details

Page Count: 352pp
Genre: Science Fiction

Paperback edition

US On Sale Date: May 4, 2021
UK On Sale Date: July 8, 2021
Paperback ISBN: 9781839080562
Paperback Dimensions: 197mm x 130mm

Ebook edition

Global Ebook On Sale Date: May 4, 2021
ebook ISBN: 9781839080579

About the Author

ALISA KWITNEY was an editor at DC Comics/Vertigo and is the Eisner-nominated author of a variety of graphic novels, romantic women’s fiction and urban fantasy for adults and teens. She was one of the authors of A Flight of Angels, which made YALSA’s Top Ten List for Great Graphic Novels for Teens, and the YA graphic novel Token, named a highlight of the Minx imprint by PW. Alisa has an MFA from Columbia University, and lives in upstate New York.

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Interviews and Articles

“When Rogue came along, I was thrilled. She had all this lovely internal conflict, but she also had a sense of humor. ”
This Bliss Life, Interview with Alisa Kwitney, author of Rogue: Untouched

“The X-Men are superheroes whose virtues are their vices. That is to say, there is often something in their personalities or in the nature of their powers that is both an asset and vulnerability.”
Track of Words, Interview with Alisa Kwitney, author of Rogue: Untouched


Rogue: Untouched delivers on every level.”
X is for Podcast

“A sharp, fresh, funny take on the X-Men’s Rogue, a small-town waitress plagued by kidnappers, frenemies, a pig-man with a nasty plan for mutants, and her unreliable not-quite-boyfriend Remy. Compulsive reading.”
Stuart Moore, writer of Captain Ginger and X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga

“The book deftly captures the essence of familiar figures… the novel is a fun read, especially if you love anything Rogue and Gambit.”
Comics Beat

“I enjoyed the story and how it tackled the various themes and strands it went down, from identity to mutant slavery and experimentation. The writing takes you through the journey with ease, although I will warn you now – this book contains the infamous line “I let out a breath I didn’t know I was holding.” That completely through me out of the book when I read it.”
Rosa Anna Norman

Rogue: Untouched is an intimate novel, more charming than convivial, and always less maudlin than a confessional.”

“Highly entertaining, Untouched fills that need for Rogue fans who want more than the short portions of a story that comics provide. Untouched pulls from classic Rogue canon (the infamous Cody kiss) and the chemistry between Rogue and Gambit. What it feels like is a new modern spin on the character with references to Instagram plus Rogue’s desire to go to college and to get away from her small town and the bad memories it holds.”
This Bliss Life

“Alisa Kwitney has experience writing young adult books, and it really shows here. This isn’t a story about a super heroine going off on an adventure and using her powers to take down a villain, it’s the story of a young woman learning about herself, of discovering new things and learning to embrace who she is.”

“The book flows well, with plenty of character development for Rogue and a satisfying cast of familiar and new (to me at least!) mutants along the way – including one late reveal that I’m sure all readers will see coming a mile off.”
Smash Bomb

“I was glad to find that the book also includes the character Gambit, Rogue’s love interest from the 1990s X-Men animated series. Their chemistry was always off the charts (even though Rogue can’t kiss or even hold hands without sapping energy from whoever she touches), and she and Gambit had that same type of chemistry here. It also includes several other mutant characters, some who I’d heard of and some who I hadn’t. ”
Chris Lowens

“This is a fun and exciting new origin story for Rogue. It’s not an X-Men book, but fans will recognize several well-known characters from the comics. The story builds a slow burn with drama building to an exciting, power-packed show-down. With a thrilling plot with plenty of suspense and mystery, I thoroughly enjoyed this fantastic, original Rogue novel.”
SciFi Chick

“If you love Marvel and X-Men, you need to read this!”
According to Daisy

“This was a really fun take on Rogue’s origin story and I loved the addition of Remy to it, plus a few familiar mutant faces. It was a fun story to read and Rogue was a great character!”

“Marvel and X-Men are huge in our YA collection and I know our community (myself) included will appreciate a super heroine story and Rogue: Untouched will be the perfect addition.”
Lackawanna Public Library

“The characters are three-dimensional, there are no wasted characters here, and even those with bit parts feel a lot more fleshed out than I would have expected them to be.”
Big Geordie Geek

“I will always have a soft spot for Rogue.”
Strange and Random Happenstance

“I really love this!! I cannot wait to get my hands on some other Marvel Heroines novel!!! I’m sure they’re all going to be great!!”
Shannara Reads

“I very much enjoyed this. Fans of the X-Men, or of action-packed adventure stories, will enjoy it too.”
Read and Reviewed

“Rogue’s strength of character really shines through in Alisa Kwitney’s tale, and I raced through it from start to finish to find out what happened next. This is a fun novel to read, and I’m so proud of Rogue.”
Girl Who Reads

Rogue: Untouched is a novel that brings a flair of action, romance and drama paying respect to longtime readers while serving as a perfect jumping on point for anyone interested in reading about Rogue and other mutants.”
Comic Watch

“A fun, entertaining read… Anyone after a great comic book adaptation which shifts an intriguing origin story into the present era is likely to find a lot to enjoy here.”
Track of Words on Rogue: Untouched

Rogue: Untouched is a fun read with enough action and stakes that I’m certain many readers will devour this book within a day. There are also themes of self-discovery, found family and, of course, superpowers. A very enjoyable superhero/fantasy read!”
Evie’s Books and Tea

“I’m so happy that this novel series is a thing… I knew I was going to love this book.”
Lace and Dagger Books

“This is a Rogue/Gambit story and it feels like the purest dose of that… this was a stellar way to get classic. If you’re a fan of these two, you’ll be thrilled… It genuinely captures the comic vibe perfectly.”
The Omniplex

“Alisa Kwitney has an understanding of human foibles and follies and a light, intelligent touch that marks her as an author to watch and enjoy.”
New York Times-bestselling author Neil Gaiman

“A sharp, fresh, funny take on the X-Men’s Rogue. Compulsive reading.”
– Stuart Moore, writer of Captain Ginger and X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga

Marvel Heroines: Rogue: Untouched by Alisa Kwitney

Global Ebook On Sale: May 4, 2021
US Paperback On Sale: May 4, 2021
UK Paperback On Sale: July 8, 2021

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