We’ve previously reported on a number of new X-titles coming out of Marvel’s ResurrXion event, as we’ve been following the announcements and reveals pretty closely. It’s an exciting time for the X-Men as a resurgence of popular 90’s X-Men culture runs through a new line that features new books X-Men Blue and X-Men Gold, Jean Grey, Iceman, Generation X, Weapon X, & Cable, a character who couldn’t possibly be more 90’s. Unless, of course, he was Adam X the X-Treme – but we don’t need to talk about that guy.
Nathan Christopher Charles Summers Dayspring Askani’son AKA Cable is a fairly complex character, which is pretty apparent after reading his full name. Cable was first introduced in New Mutants #98 as a mysterious militaristic mutant with a bionic arm, shoulder pads, pouches, and huge guns. Yes, he was visually created by Rob Liefeld. Good guess. The character was soon thrust into the forefront of the 90’s as the leader of X-Force, and his identity was eventually revealed as the presumed lost infant son of Scott Summers/Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor/Clone of Jean Grey (stay with me). Baby Nathan was infected with a techno-organic virus and sent to the future, where he would have a better chance at survival. He lived a life as a warrior and leader, fighting against the eternal mutant Apocalypse in a rivalry that spans the centuries, before returning to the present day as a time-travelling defender of mutantkind.
Cable has had a number of solo titles in stories that have attempted to recreate the character (Soldier X) and even explore his comedic side with an unusual best friend (Cable & Deadpool). The latest series to debut alongside the others we’ve discussed will be Cable, from James Robinson and Carlos Pacheco.
Robinson has previously worked on Cable for a memorable run and has left his mark on a number of Marvel and DC characters over the last few years, and we can’t wait to see what he and Pacheco have in store for Cable. He spoke with Marvel about what Cable means to him and what we can expect to see in the new series:
“One of the things about Cable is he’s a ‘time warrior,’” he explained. “Time travel is part of his make-up in almost every aspect of his history — no pun intended. This series will be Cable on a race against time to fix time. The reason Cable must take on this quest will reveal itself as the story and mystery unfolds, but he’s doing it for the sake of the Marvel Universe, which will fall apart if he doesn’t take action. And in the course of Cable’s mission, we’ll see him in a lot of great time periods like 15th century Japan, WWI, the Stone Age, Victorian England, and on and on, all with those time periods made more crazy and sci-fi by time being fractured by the villain of our series.
“This series, while not throwing out any of Cable’s past, will focus on him as a character for new readers as well as old ones. The villain is a new character simply named Conquest. He’s a technocrat from a future where he’s worked out how to manipulate the butterfly effect of times past to make his reality perfect for his wants,” he added. “That ripple effect has changed the present. Cable has to stop Conquest. Conquest has no intention of being stopped and intends to use all that history has to offer in terms of warriors and villains to stop Cable at each stop our hero makes in time.”
This series sounds like it will really take advantage of Cable’s time-travelling heritage, something that the character has at times shied away from, focusing on the present instead. His look feels like a simplistic teardown of his bulky 90’s look, and it’s safe to say I can’t wait to see the release of this series.
What do you think of the latest ongoing to star the incredibly long-named militaristic mutant known as Cable? Are you excited to see what Robinson and Pacheco have in store for the series? Let us know in the comments section below and join the discussion on the Geek Facebook Page!
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