Cable #1 (Marvel Comics)
From leader of X-Force, to raising the last hope for mutants, to even being an Avenger, Nathan Summers has gone through a lot of changes since he first hit the scene back in the 80’s. But that doesn’t mean he’s not immune to the “RessurXion” mini launch that Marvel is putting all of their X-Men titles through. While Cable has never been a character I’ve actively collected and read, the latest series from James Robinson and Carlos Pacheco looks to be changing that.
Someone is going through time and causing all kinds of havoc. Old West gunslingers suddenly have gigantic futuristic pistols. Japanese Ronin have flaming swords in place of Katanas. This time stream chaos is now brought to Cable’s attention, and he’s going to get to the bottom of it before the entire time stream is destroyed. Of course, this is easier said than done, as some of Cable’s foes are more formidable than he’s expecting, especially when they’re told to expect him.
James Robinson does a pretty good job of creating an intriguing central mystery with this issue, but there are moments in his script where he falls into some typical cliché dialogue, especially with the scenes set in the Old West. His dialogue for Cable though is really cool, and it’s actually pretty fun to see Cable walk into a bar and start taling with Cowboys. Cable’s always had a bit of an outlaw persona, so seeing his futuristic self juxtaposed against an actual Old West setting makes for a pretty interesting visual.
Speaking of the visuals, Carlos Pacheco absolutely dominates this issue. Jumping through different time periods would sometimes make for a disjointed issue for some artists, but Pacheco is able to depict both the Old West and feudal Japan wonderfully. And just like it’s fun reading Cable’s dialogue with Western crooks and Japanese Ronins, it’s even more fun to see Pacheco’s depiction of Cable in these strange settings.
So far Cable is off to a very strong start, and while the mystery is really only just beginning, there’s enough here to keep my interest for a few more issues. Cable hopping through different time periods in a time-spanning game of Cat and Mouse is a really cool idea, and if Robinson and Pacheco can keep up with this promising debut issue, we may have a Cable series that will keep my attention for once.