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Cable and X-Force #2 Review


Cable's team attempts to stop a virus from spreading in Florida and Dr. Nemesis tries to figure out the source of Nate's headaches.

The Good

I can say with compete confidence that the best part about Cable's new book is the art. Salvador Larroca and Frank D'Armata have used their talents to bless our eyes with some very attractive panels. The issue is crisp, detailed and vibrant. One moment that stands out to me is Colossus' organic armor operating out of control and randomly generating across his face. It looks fantastic and gives the scene some much needed motion. In the last issue, Mat spoke about some characters being too muscular (Havok having "abs on his abs"), thankfully that isn't the case here... but then again, there's no one wearing ridiculously tight spandex this time around. Another panel worth praising is when a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent is consumed by the "blob." It manages to be grotesque without needing a single drop of blood.

Writer Dennis Hopeless is slowly unveiling a fairly interesting premise. With Cable, matters are never simple. He's always saving the world or trying to save himself, and that tradition holds true in his latest title. We still have virtually no idea why Cable is getting this headaches or visions, but it seems more than safe to assume this "techno-virus blob" will play a significant role in his recovery and he's once again tasked with thinking he can save the planet. Furthermore I've never been a fan of Domino's, but I'm digging some of the dialogue Hopeless gives her.

The Bad

Brilliant plan, Domino. For someone who had so much intel about a mission in the first issue, she acted pretty foolishly in this one. Would it really kill ya to use a parachute instead of assuming your luck powers will save you from a large fall? What would she have done to save the day if Hope didn't come through with that jetpack? Silly, Domino.

Hold on, Colossus was willing to kill Cable? I know he's unleashed from time to time (just ask Ord or Riptide) and he's currently in a very rough spot, but I find it hard to believe Piotr would have been cool with killing Nate. Not a big complaint, but I thought that was pretty shocking.

Just like over in AVENGERS ARENA, Dennis Hopeless jumps between different points in time and that makes the final scene and odd choice to conclude this issue. It begins in the present (immediately after they fled the Uncanny Avengers), but then jumps to a few days earlier. The book concludes with Cable reaching out to Colossus and it's just there to explain how he (and Nate) have control of his powers. A bit of an anti-climatic way to end the issue and doesn't really leave you with a strong sensation to see what's to come.

These are small points, yet I was surprised to see Hope could sleep through Cable and Domino's argument just a few feet away from her. Also, while the art is mostly amazing, I couldn't help but notice how sinister looking the dog on the beach was.I think most dogs are adorable, but this one? It stared into my soul and will likely haunt my dreams. Not even in my slumber will I be safe from the puppy with the haunting eyes.

The Verdict

I was genuinely torn over the score with this issue. I was inclined at first to go with 3 stars. While Hopeless is doing a good job handling each character and the overall plot is slowly unfolding, I feel as though the content here isn't enough to justify Marvel's $3.99 cover price. It's good so far, but certainly not great. Nevertheless, the art is just so damn good and that alone definitely warrants a boost from 3 to 4.

Posted by bob808

I think Cable and X-Force is going great so far.

Posted by fesak

Maybe having been possessed by two abstract entities recently messed with Colossus' head a bit.

Posted by NXH

Let me know when Deadpool joins the team.

Posted by Sleepbutnodream15

This issue was too focused on Hope and Domino. I'd like to see the team working together a little bit more. I still think this book is gonna be great.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@fesak said:

Maybe having been possessed by two abstract entities recently messed with Colossus' head a bit.

Certainly, like I said, it's not a big complaint and I understand the very rough position he's in (thanks to AvX, of course). Despite this, I was still taken aback that potentially smashing Nate's skull in was his immediate response.

Posted by zackattack529

@NXH: Ehh.. Dr nemesis provides the witty banter for the team. No need for deadpool, plus I think he is doing really well holding his own title.

However I hope he gets off that ridiculous Thunderbolts book, what a horrid piece of trash that series is.

Posted by Solarflare32

It annoyed me the shaddowed villian looked so obviously like stryes armour

Posted by That60sGuy

Not liking that cover at all. The variants pretty good though. Shame it's so damn expensive... especially in a week where Marvel is trying to stuff us like turkeys.

Posted by John Valentine

Cable and the X-Force is a pretty decent series; not amazing, but not bad by any means.

I'll continue to read for a few more issues as I feel it has quite a lot of promise. Excited to see what happens to Cable and Colossus.

Edited by secondfallen616

I for one am glad to see Colossus become less like the gentle giant/artist, worrier about his little snowflake, and explore the repurcussions of what hes been doing for the last year. He's done some horrible and heroic things lately and i think its nice to see that conflict develop within himself. He's a badass and should be portrayed as one imo. I agree that the pacing could be a little bit better but im pleased overall, the art is remarkable leaves me staring at the panels longer than normal lol.

Posted by Lokheit

I think there' some great characterization here, I really liked it aswell as some conversations between the characters.

I also liked that it remains consistent with what happened to other members of the Phoenix 5, I was thinking about that before reading the issue and it proved to be consistent.

I'm interested on the villian, at first I though one of them was Colossus watching the events because of the arm, but then he responded with a mechanical voice so he can't be Colossus. Maybe the other one could be Stryfe?

Finally, I loved the art. Larroca and D'armata are doing an amazing job here. One of my favorite Colossus in recent years and great job in every character.

Posted by NXH

@zackattack529 said:

@NXH: Ehh.. Dr nemesis provides the witty banter for the team. No need for deadpool, plus I think he is doing really well holding his own title.

However I hope he gets off that ridiculous Thunderbolts book, what a horrid piece of trash that series is.

I donno about that. Deadpool is the only character for comic relief for me and I just want to see the Cable/Deadpool reunion which is overdue. But I agree with you, that new Thunderbolts series looks awful.

Posted by TDK_1997

So far the book hasn't been anything big or good for me but it's still building up.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

I hate seeing $3.99 on a book.

Posted by Jake Fury

Definitely about a 3 star book right now. Not sure if I'll keep this in my hold slot.

Posted by Jake Fury

@MadeinBangladesh said:

I hate seeing $3.99 on a book.

Especially this one, no way it's worth it.

Posted by takecontrol

"Crisp, detailed, and vibrant" – are we reading the same book? I would say the exact opposite is true. Gray, dull, hard to discern, I'd the art is detracting from this already-clumsy story.