Cable and X-Force #1 Review
Cable's New X-Force Original Review by Johnkmccubbin91 at Comic Vine
I have been looking forward to this series for a while, but have not known what to expect from it. I loved the previous Uncanny X-Force, which finishes next week, and when I heard of the two replacement series this was the one that interested me the most. I haven't read a lot of either Dennis Hopeless or Sam Humphries work, having only read X-Men: Season One from Hopeless, and the recent Ultimate Comics Ultimates issues from Humphries. Apart from the characters the artist also drew me to this series as I love Salvador Larroca's work, mainly on The Invincible Iron Man, but also other stuff like Ultimate X-Men.
PlotThis issue sees Cable's X-Force getting stopped and confronted by the Uncanny Avengers, and mainly Cable's uncle Havok, after apparently killing a bunch of innocent people. The story then flashes back to how Cable's X-Force was formed, starting of with just Cable and Forge, and then growing to include Domino and Doctor Nemesis. Also Cable is having severe headaches, Forge builds Cable a new arm, and Hope Summers is living with a new foster family.
The art in this issue was brilliant, and Larroca brings his fantastic style of art to this series, and doesn't disappoint. As I said earlier I've always liked Larroca's art, and it was the thing that sealed my purchase of this issue. He draws most of the characters perfectly, and I had no doubt that he wouldn't. There were only two small things that disappointed me in his art, but they were only small. First was the way he drew Hope in her foster home, she looked a bit older than she should be, and it actually took me a minute of reading to realize it was her, which wasn't good. He did however do an amazing job drawing her latter on in the issue in her costume. I was also not very fond of how he drew Havok as he just looked to big and muscular, and actually looked bigger than Captain America, which isn't right. Apart from those two minor things Larroca's art was outstanding, and I love how he shows character emotions brilliantly, and I loved how he had Cable going from very happy one minute, to pain the next, with very smooth transitioning.
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Hope's appearance in this issue was also a nice addition, and I like how Hopeless is showing how Cable not being in her life is affecting her. It was also nice to see that she wasn't going to sit and do nothing, and that she went looking for Cable. I also loved how Hopeless showed all the training Cable had taught her during this, and how other characters noticed that she was just like Cable. I look forward to seeing her in further issues of this series, and will be interested to see if she ever joins the team properly.
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Final VerdictA very good start, and this series shows a lot of promise. I would highly recommend this issue as fans of all the characters, bar maybe Colossus (as he doesn't appear much in this issue) will enjoy this issue, and new readers will also grow to love the characters after reading this issue. There is still room for improvement but I have high hopes that this series will improve in the next few issues, and hope I'm not disappointed.
What I Thought
Cover - 5/5
Art - 5/5
Colors/Ink/Lettering - 5/5
Layout/Flow - 5/5
Story - 5/5
Verdict - 5
Yes, Yes, and more Yes! This was one of the series I was most looking forward to besides Thunderbolts #1 - Enlisted. I've loved each of the characters growing up and it seem like this book might have been written just for me (not really but I can dream). Everything about this issue from the covers to the interior art is just amazing. The issue demonstrates Cable on the run after is assault on the Avengers in Avengers: X-Sanction. It's nice to see how each of the members are required for Cable's plans, and I can't wait to see Colossus join. This is a must read in my eyes.