The last we saw of time travelling mutant Cable he was in a coma after battling it out with the Avengers in Avengers: X-Sanction. Marvel NOW! has plans to wake him up and reunite him with the team he founded in Cable And X-Force, hitting comic book store shelves in December.
Not only will Cable be reunited with X-Force, albeit with a new line up, but Cable will also be re-entering a Marvel Universe with a new landscape post Avengers Vs. X-Men. In an interview with Comic Book Resources, series writer Dennis Hopeless talks about this and the new line up.
When asked about how Cable would deal with shifting tides of AvX Hopeless said,”When “CatXF” starts, Cable is just getting up to speed on the post “AvX” world and what it might mean for him. Last anyone heard from Cable, he was trying to kill the Avengers in “X-Sanction.” That probably technically makes him a super-villain, but most of the world thinks he’s dead. Nobody is coming after a corpse. He’s thinking maybe being dead isn’t such a bad thing. Maybe it’s time to try and live a normal life for once.
But first, what happened to his daughter? Where’s Hope?”.
The approach Hopeless took to setting the new line up seems like an interesting take on the new team. “You have Cable, Forge, Domino, Colossus and Dr. Nemesis. In my mind this is a crime series, so I tried to cast the book like you would a bank robbery. This isn’t a family or a school. It’s a crew. A safe cracker may hate her getaway man, but at the end of the night, she still needs him to drive the car. Cable puts the team together for their skills, not because he thinks they’ll get along.”
Since Cable was last seen trying to eliminate the Avengers it would also make sense that while Cable is still our hero, he won’t be perceived that way by the rest of Marvel U, and would be put into direct conflict with Remender’s Uncanny Avengers.
“Our first arc is the story of how Cable and his X-Force become the world’s Most Wanted mutant terrorists. You know how at the beginning and end of every “Mission Impossible” movie Tom Cruise is a spy, but in the middle he’s an international criminal on the run from the whole world? That’s what we’re doing here.” When asked about crossover possibilities with Remender’s UA, Hopeless said,”Rick’s totally on board with what we’re doing and has given me a lot of rope. I’m not sure how much the two books will cross over right at first. Rick has big “UA” plans that jump off quick, but I think fans of those characters will enjoy seeing the team through these two very different lenses.”
Handling art duties will be Salvador Larroca coming off his run providing art for Iron Man. This book looks to be shaping up quite nicely. As a huge Cable fan I for one can not wait for December. Cable is at his best when kicking butt and taking names later all in the name of saving time itself. I’m also hoping we get some interaction with Cyclops. I love how even though they are father and son, Cable has always been the antithesis of Cyke, preferring to be a man of action instead of words. It would be interesting to see how he deals with a Cyclops that has lost it due to the Phoenix force influence.
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