Like many comic readers, I picked up the last issue of Cable because I knew it was the start of a new story arc. I was incredibly shocked by how enjoyable this story was due to it connecting Cable to his daughter in an emotionally believable way. This issue is a response to the last which put Cable in a high-stress situation as he lost control of the techno-organic virus. Witness a flashback to an untold tale of Cable and a younger Hope.
So what’s it about?
Read our preview.
Why does this matter?
Writers Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson have given Cable big stakes as he attempts to be a real father to Hope for possibly the first time. It all goes to s--t, of course, and this issue reveals the history of a new kind of enemy that’s thrown his future into question.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Wait, is this the same story as the last issue?
This issue opens in the “near future” as Cable and an 8 or 9-year-old Hope attempt to escape Bishop’s grasp. Bishop wants to kill Hope to save the future and Cable won’t allow it. Most of the issue serves as a chase as they thwart Bishop and other dangers in the post-apocalyptic future. It’s not until near the end that we get a taste of the shape-shifting danger of Cable’s enemy. The techno-organic monster seems to be so dangerous Cable actually has to jump in time to evade it, raising the stakes higher than ever for Cable and Hope.
Fans of X-Men history will want to read this due to the new scenes revealed between Hope and Cable in the soon to be future. There’s also a key flashback when Cable was a child Cyclops and Jean fans won’t want to miss either.
Artist German Peralta does a good job with the little details. It’s especially beautiful when it comes to the techno-organic monster and all its forms. It’s scary as hell and colored well by Jesus Aburtov, giving it a cold look. I like how Peralta plays around with perspective like a bird’s eye view of a building Hope wants to go into even though there are bodies just laying outside. The very next page has a cool shot from the perspective of the fire some folks are cooking suspect food on.
It can’t be perfect can it?
It was a bit jarring to start this issue and not have it pick up where the last one left off. After reading the handy summary opening page I realized what was happening, but the actual pages in the book don’t give readers enough to understand what is happening. By the end of the issue the plot, even the one started on the first page, doesn’t progress all that much. It’s nice to see Cable and Hope together again, but there isn’t much bonding at all like in the last issue either. This is a good chase issue, but I wanted more.
Is It Good?
Not a bad issue, but it seems completely different than the last, not carrying forward what was set up before it. That said, the techno-organic monster is scary as hell and drawn to perfection. Get scared readers! Plus, X-Men fans will love the flashback moments.
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