By Steve Morris
CBR today reveal what the third of Marvel’s slogan teasers is all about, with the announcement that December will see Dennis Hopeless and Salvador Larroca kick off a new series called ‘Cable & X-Force’. As a side note – HURRAY!
Explaining that you don’t have to be an Avenger to be an X-Man, the book will see Cable gather some of his old friends to go on the run, after an undefined tussle over the fate of Hope Summers. As you can see, he’s going to be joined by a pretty interesting group of ruffians. Most surprising is the return of Forge, who was last seen being genocided by Beast in Warren Ellis‘ Astonishing X-Men run. Forge has been absent since getting genocided, perhaps understandably, so it’ll be interesting to see how Hopeless brings him back – and explain why he’s grown the ponytail back.
Colossus is also an interesting choice for the team, given the revelation he just got hit with in Uncanny X-Men this week. Without spoiling it, he’s going to be rather narked off with the world right now, and seems a dangerous choice for Cable’s team of heroes. Domino was always going to be on this team, of course, although her presence does mean that the adjectiveless X-Men book will almost definitely shift in focus and tone somehow, come 2013. Deadpool seems like an obvious absence, because he’s busy in Thunderbolts right now. Maybe he’ll turn up down the line somewhere.
And then we have Dr Nemesis, wearing a new mask and goggles. Nemesis seems to have done the impossible here, and become even more of a Simon Spurrier character. Apart from Cable, every male member of the team is arguably mentally unstable right now, which could well explain why they’re ‘wanted’. Cable’s never been one to explain himself, so his actions after AvX could very easily be miscontrued by those crazy Avengers.
Fans of the X-Men will be pleased to see a book which finally shows members of the team being heroic and independent and not run by the Avengers, and it’s fairly apparent that Salvador Larroca leapt at the chance to redraw Cable’s robotic arm. Yes, Cable has an eye missing, which will apparently be explained in the Point One one-shot coming out soon. The first arc will see the team assemble and go on the run from the Uncanny Avengers, which hopefully means Cable will punch Wolverine right in his smug face! Gosh, I really am massively biased aren’t I.
Issue #1 comes out this December.