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Cable arrives in the present and is immediately singled out. Fortunately, Moira MacTaggert is around to get him straightened out and sent on his way.

Notes:

  • This issue includes a three-page preview of Alpha Flight #1 (1997).
  • On Moira’s bookcase is a book by a man named Nathaniel Essex, which is another name for Mr. Sinister.

Synopsis

The mighty Stan Lee rips through a page of a Cable comic dressed as Cable himself. He quickly explains that this issue deals with time anomalies - stuff even he gets confused by. Out of ados, Stan the Man lets the story proceed.

In Scotland, Moira MacTaggart and her charge, Wolfsbane, are headed to the mainland because of a friend of their's, Angus, claims that something bad is about to go down. Tying up a port, Angus informs the ladies that Reverend Craig is in the town square harassing a visitor that seems to have appeared out of nowhere.

In the town square, the Reverend is busy preaching hellfire and damnation. He is certain that the "visitor" is Satanspawn due to the glowing yellow eye and the smoke coming off his skin. He dubs the visitor the Devil's Herald. It doesn't help that the stranger is speaking gibberish. Moira wants to diffuse the situation and she scolds the crowd for such harsh judgment. Some in the crowd see her point and become a bit more hospitable. Then someone touches the metallic arm to find that it feels alive. New fear is born and the Reverend incites the crowd to kill the man. Cable (for so it is) uses his telepathy to get the citizens to forget their anger and fear and the crowd disperses. Even the Reverend thinks that Moira has claimed Cable as a cousin from England and goes on his merry way. With no one left to condemn him, Cable goes with Moira and Wolfsbane to Muir Island.

Once docked on Muir, Cable passes into a reverie about his kinsmen from the future. They had fought valiantly together. For all he'd passed through, Cable sheds a tear. The girls take him inside.

Moira had already been working on tests for mutants (her son having been shown to be one). She hooks Cable up so as to see if he possesses any of the mutant signatures. Instead of running harmless tests, however, the machines go crazy and Cable screams in pain. The reactions occurring within Moira's machines is too much and the lab explodes. In the rubble, Moira looks up and sees a huge mass of metal crashing towards her. She's unable to move. Cable jumps in and manages to telekinetically move the object away from Moira. He nearly passes out. The two lock eyes and Cable quickly enters Moira's mind. He then apologizes, in English. He explains that he read her mind to find out how to speak her language, then states that he's come on a mission and must speak with Charles Xavier. Moira arranges a meeting on the condition that Cable keep the secret of Proteus safe, as he admitted to having learned it from her mind.

In Switzerland, Apocalypse awakens long before he thought he would. Something has stirred him. Something that has just happened that he didn't quite expect. It appears that Cable's coming ushered in the terror of Apocalypse.

Stan ends the issue by explaining that Cable wiped Wolfsbane's memory and that's why she doesn't remember him later.

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What was this? Back in 1997, Marvel released issues that served as flashbacks and general gap fillers for readers. Sadly, that's all this seems to be: filler. I had seen many references to a time in which Cable and Moira MacTaggart had met years prior to Cable joining the New Mutants. This book was to answer the questions concerning this rumor. Sadly, this book covers the arrival of Cable - and that's it! Imagine a book about a person from one of the bush countries in Africa landing in America t...

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