At Heroes Con 2013 I had the pleasure of being on a Project Rooftop panel on redesigning superheroes. It was a lot of fun and the guys who submit and work on that site are uber talented. For the panel, we were asked to redesign the character of our choosing to be discussed at the panel, and I chose Gambit.
For the redesign connoisseurs:
My approach was to list words that I associate with the character, and things I like about his current and classic look - the aspects that Make Gambit, Gambit at first glance. I wanted to keep that grifter, slick, suave, sexy, roguish personality and at the same time, modernize him. His old hobo coat had to go, as it's just too tough to do sexy in that thing, and for a character that exudes style and panache, it just wasn't in that coat. I went with a sleaker biker style jacket - side zipper with slanted zip pockets and flared sleeves (for cards). I kept his color scheme though I made his jacket a darker shade, gave him alligator skin boots, a full-house belt buckle, card pouch, and a staff that unscrews into two pool sticks (you never know when you'll have to strike up a game!) The "X" over the heart is two-fold, he's a lady-killah!