One of the greatest parts about modern Marvel is how the cosmic side of things has been shaping up, thanks to the direction of Al Ewing. Cable: Reloaded is certainly another chapter in Ewing’s exciting cosmic saga, and it’s filled with what he does best: great storytelling, fun character moments, and great nods to Marvel history.
One of Reloaded’s biggest strengths is how it honors its characters, including a team thats an X-Terminators reunion, an X-Force reunion, and new members that fit right in like they’ve always belonged here. For long time X-Men readers, interactions like Lila, Sam, and Boom-Boom’s will bring a smile to your face, seeing how their history from the Claremont New Mutants and ’90s X-Force comics get touched on. These are brief little moments, of course, but they do a good deal of character work. For example, Sam’s optimism is something that gets a lot of time to shine, and Cable, his past mentor, gets a chance to reflect on that. It’s oddly heartwarming in its own way.
The entire concept of a new X-Terminators team is honestly just…so fun.
Ewing clearly has fun with Cable, acknowledging how funny his over-the-top ’90s shtick can be, especially in contrast to some goofier Marvel concepts like Rocket Raccoon. His writing becomes very charming in these moments, even as he’s having Cable explain Rocket’s legacy in the future.
As his work on Empyre and other series have proved, Ewing is well aware of the lore for each character he’s writing. So when concepts like Breakworld finally get a chance to show up in X-comics again, it’s extremely exciting. It’s nice to see a new chapter like this unfold, making use of that location for the first time in years.
Bob Quinn’s artwork really gets a chance to shine here, particularly when it comes to portraying the sheer scale of some of these characters’ actions. Whether it’s fighting a giant robot or Boom-Boom creating a massive explosion, Quinn makes these feats look as cool as they sound.
This is the best the character of Cable (young or old) has been in a long time –and the rest of Reloaded’s story in other issues should be a fun story to see unfold. Cable: Reloaded is a fun ride that acknowledges its characters’ histories while delving into the ever-expanding story of Ewing’s cosmic Marvel.
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