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Cable #1

Writer: James Robinson
Penciler: Carlos Pacheco
Colorist: Jesus Aburtov
Publisher: Marvel

Regardless of your level of knowledge about the X-Men universe, you’re probably at least somewhat familiar with Cable. Although the character won’t make his big-screen debut in Deadpool 2 until next year, the time-traveling son of Cyclops and Jean is still a longtime fan-favorite from the comics and the beloved 90s cartoon. Now with the relaunched lineup of X-Men titles, it’s no surprise that Cable has a new ongoing solo series.

While this issue has a simple plot of Nathan Summers dealing with thugs and evil samurai in the Wild West, it nonetheless reminds readers just how cool of a character he is. Particularly, the newer look of his suit is what really stands out. Penciler Carlos Pacheco and colorist Jesus Aburtov do a nice job of giving Cable a modernized look, while also remaining faithful to the original Rob Liefeld design.

James Robinson’s script also effectively captures the stoic, militant personality of the character. With a sparse amount of dialogue and no kind of narration, Robinson allows the visuals to convey the story, and rightfully so. Whereas a character like Deadpool loves to talk and take readers inside his head, Cable is the direct opposite. It’s what makes their interactions so entertaining, and I look forward to seeing how Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin will portray them in the movie next year. But in the meantime, the new Cable comic is another fun addition to the semi-rebooted X-Men universe. Check it out.

-Kevin Schaefer for Ultimate Comics