Writer: Gerry Duggan
Art: Phil Noto, VC’s Joe Sabino, and Tom Muller
Release Date: August 19th, 2020
When Cable and Esme (one-fifth of his girlfriends) took off for Philadelphia to explore an abduction of a mutant baby, the absolute last thing they anticipated to see was Space Knights that crash-landed scouring the cosmos for an ancient sword. To be honest, it’s the last thing ANYONE saw coming! Are these Space Knights friends or foes? And, what do they want the Light of Galador (the sword) for? Let’s take a look at CABLE #3 by Gerry Duggan and see if this ROM-COM begins to turn into an action-adventure or just another DEADPOOL movie!
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This series is all over the place! What began as a serious, rugged, action comic turned quickly into an investigation for a child kidnapping. However, CABLE #2 promptly turned that tide and redirected this series into what almost resembled the beginnings of a Space Opera. Nonetheless, Duggan continues to keep readers on their toes this week by changing course once again to parallel almost a humorous buddy cop story with hints of time-travel on the horizon. Did I miss a genre anywhere?
Now, this may sound like a dig at the story but frankly, it’s far from that. This issue showcases Duggan’s more comical side of writing and reintroduces him to an old character he’s quite familiar with making this reviewer wish he was still writing for that series today. The witty banter between Cable, Esme, the guest star, and the Space Knights add creative elements to the series that this reviewer never saw coming and truly hope for more in the future. In general, Duggan simply makes an entertaining issue and finds a way to do it in a unique way that this reviewer never saw coming. And candidly, I still have no idea where this series is going… but I like it!
Tom Muller’s letters fit in well adding an extra layer to the attitude of the issue while Duggan uses Phil Noto to cleverly illustrate some brilliant aspects to the comic that blanket the story with true genius. Heck, even Esme’s stale remarks provide the arrogant Baby Cable (or Bable as the guest star calls him) with the perfect blend of dialogue and banter. Just like Duggan did with DEADPOOL beginning in 2012, he’s reinventing the character of CABLE with a unique vision, an extraordinary cast of characters, and brings out the very best in the main character around the supporting cast. He’s taking a character that was almost certain to fail after EXTERMINATION and continues to spark new life into his mythos. I simply can’t think of anyone better for the job right now that Gerry Duggan.
As much as the title may be all over the place with little overall direction and purpose towards the main blueprint of the narrative, Duggan uses this issue to help redirect Kid Cable and rebuild a seemingly lost character that was once such a valued component to the X-MEN franchise. He uses an unusual cast of characters, humor, absurd adventures, and versatility that this reviewer never expected in a CABLE comic. I’m truly excited for more issues of this series that I never knew I wanted or needed. Is there any better recognition to a writer than to let them know that they’ve taken a character on the version of certain doom and found a way to breathe back life into his very core? Well, that’s exactly what Duggan has done with Cable. Forget what you thought about Kid Cable and give this series a try. It’s not too late to hop on board.
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