I’ve always been a fan of Cable. I almost exclusively bought his title through the mid 90’s, and it’s the only X-Book I’ve paid for since I came back to collecting this time around. Something about the bad ass guy with the glowing eye and the metal arm still appeals to me. On to the new issue!
Daniel Warren Johnson and Mike Spicer handle the duties on this months issue, and follow the idea of keep it simple stupid to a T. Cable stands front and center, firing a mini-gun, armed to the teeth, and evoking images of his earlier Liefeld style self. The blurring on the chambers of the mini-gun is a particularly nice detail, and the stark white background makes him stand out that much more. It’s just Cable being a complete bad ass, and it works.
German Peralta. Take a bow. Seriously. This issue has the best detailing of Cable’s Techno-Organic virus that I’ve seen in twenty years. It is reminiscent of the Onslaught story arc when the virus was starting to get the better of Nathan Summers as pencilled by Ian Churchill. Only this time the virus has a more organic feel to it. All told I absolutely loved it. Cable looks great in this book, and the highlights and colour work done by Jesus Aburtov really make the art pop.
Written by Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler, this new arc introduces a new villain to Cable’s rogues gallery, and is retconned into his history over a few pages. Not too much is revealed, save that this villain has been tied to Cable since his youth, and has followed him through time and disrupted every relationship he’s ever had. This intro is worked well into the story, letting this new villains appearance speak louder than the narrative. There’s no need to get more needlessly complicated in a time travelling mutant story. We also see Cable reunite with Hope, and the father-daughter reunion is touching. There is a lot of potential in this story arc, and if the writing can keep up with the quality of the art, it’s going to be spectacular!