Cable hasn’t starred in an ongoing series since Second Coming in 2010, and now he’s back to leading an X-Force team. Is it worth the wait though?
This issue was fairly good, but I hesitate to call it great. It mostly focuses on Cable and Hope Summers, and it’s nice to see the two of them directly interact again. Forge, Dr. Nemesis and Domino each have their own decent introductions, but even they are through the eyes of either Cable or Hope. It’s made perfectly clear that Cable is building a team in this book, and they’ll get in big trouble in the next few days, but otherwise not much is said about the story. There isn’t really any action either – it mostly happens off panel.
The lack of action doesn’t mean this isn’t entertaining though. The character introductions are fun, and much more interesting and thorough than the introductions in Thunderbolts 1. There’s some decent humour as well, including Cable making fun of his goofy looking mechanical arm. It’s refreshing to see as series showing self-awareness right from the start.
Like this issue’s content, the art is good but not quite great. With the exception of Hope when she’s not borrowing Cable’s powers, everyone’s eyes are a bit too close to silver coloured. That’s my only real complaint with the art. While Cable’s arm looks goofy, it also looks practical and appropriately mechanical. Both the characters and the environments have more than enough detail, and there is some decent visual storytelling.
This series is obviously aiming to be completely different than Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force. While this issue could have been better, it’s still a good start to what could potentially be a great series. If you like Cable, Hope Summers, or any of the secondary characters on this team, you will probably like this. If you’re interested in an outlaw mutant team, this is probably the book you’ll want to be reading.