What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about Cable #1! This one was a big surprise when it was first announced. We already have so many X-Books out already, and of those to still come, this was one of those books. Cable wouldn’t have been the first mutant to come to mind to get their own solo, but who could argue with the fact that we have not seen enough of this version of the fan favorite on his own?
When it comes to a book like this, the big thing in my opinion was seeing how this creative team would sell us on this adventure with young Cable. You never would have thought that we would get to a point in the X-Men’s history where Cable would die by the hand of his younger self. But now that we’re here, now they have to prove to us that this was the right call. This is all Cable, but with the main difference being the lack of experience (and body mass). At the same time they needed to make this a book which just about anyone could pick up who saw Cable’s name on the front and wanted to know what the heck they missed. So the question is, did they make this accessible for fans of Cable? The answer to that is, yes. There was an introduction to who Cable is, as well as a solid example of what kind of person he is. The only thing you will find new about Cable is the fact that at this age there is more youthful vigor to him.
With young Cable being who he is, there was no doubt that he would get himself into something in this first issue. What he got himself into was a thrill because some of us may also needed a reminder of what sets this Cable apart from his older counterpart when thrown into action. He’s less liberal with his arsenal, quicker on his feet, though more than that he has no problem using his powers. That last part is a big thing that I’m glad they are pushing. One other thing I appreciated more was both when this book takes place, and where this story is going to eventually lead, considering recent X-Men news. As far as the crossover goes, it was nice to get another example of where these swords would come into play. Aside from that, it was nice to know when a book like this takes place recognizing some of the development which came into play in the early issues of the X-Men book.
The other thing I appreciated was that even in a book like this there was something new to introduce which happens on the island. At this point in time, most of these books I would say aren’t worth investing in if they are not trying in some way to further our exploration into the nation of Krakoa. This first issue did well starting us off with something new which was actually exciting to see play out. It made sense that there would be some way for mutants to get their need for battle out of their system. The match records were welcomed too for everyone you didn’t expect to see take part in this. Especially those who did not seem like the kind who would be into that sort of thing.
One of the biggest draw-ins for this book was the fact that Phil Noto is the artist. Part of me was excited because this is an artist who can do it all, and he does it very well. My only concern of course was wondering how long an artist like this would stay onboard. Noto is only problematic when he is not there fulltime. I hope that he at least sticks around to the end of the first story arc. With that said, you enjoy his style of art because he knows how to bring out a stylized vision of this island between the scenery, the monsters which inhabit the lands, and even the mutants who are fairly unique. Noto also has a good sense of expression with the characters. Particularly when it came to Cable who wears his differences on his face. It’s an adjustment seeing him smile that much and simply being laid back. One thing which jumped out to me fast was the way that he drew Pixie and Armor. Excellent shades of pink used for Pixie’s dust and aura, and Armor’s costume was a big improvement on what looked pretty basic before. That said, his colors as a whole were both bold and brilliant. It always makes a difference when it is one person doing it all and having the ability to let the colors create an image as much as the pencil/brush strokes.
This is definitely Cable like we have never seen him before. Up to this point I didn’t think twice about this younger version of him, and yet this first issue breathes new life into what we were only seeing on the surface. Cable #1 is easy to get into, offers a new perspective on Krakoa, and provides excellent set-up for big developments coming for this island.