Written by: James Robinson
Art by: Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Fonteriz, Jesus Aburtov, and Cory Petit
Published by: Marvel Comics
WALK SOFTLY…AND CARRY A BIG GUN! CABLE sees the mighty mutant return on a brand-new mission…with all of time in the balance! When Cable picks up the trail of a threat in the timestream, he sets off on a high-speed, history-spanning chase to save reality as we know it. From prehistory to modern day, whether it’s a six-gun duel at high noon or a high-tech sword fight in an ancient land, Cable is the only man who can keep history from unraveling!
I won’t lie, I had high hopes for Cable #1. James Robinson and Carlos Pacheco have excellent track records, so I was excited when I heard they were relaunching Cable as part of Marvel’s ResurrXion initiative. What these two men could do together could be big, so I immediately added this book to my pull list.
The story in Cable #1 is called “Conquest,” and everything starts with Cable showing up in a saloon in Nobileen, Arizona, in 1874, throwing open the saloon doors and exclaiming: “No need for introductions.”
Now we see Cable on one side, and a group gunslingers on the other. The action by Carlos Pacheco is cinematically framed, fast paced, and gorgeous to look at. Also, from page one its clear that James Robinson will be taking his time with this arc. He’s building towards something, what exactly only he knows for now.
I’ve been a fan of Carlos Pacheco since he drew a Bishop mini-series around 1994-1995. I always felt like his figures looked like action figures, and I loved that about his work. His sryle has changed over the years, at one point in this issue I had to double-check the credits because the art looked more like Darick Robertson rather than Carlos Pacheco.
Don’t misunderstand, the artwork in Cable #1 is top-notch whether it’s in the old west, or in 1543 Japan. I just had to get used to his new style, and I do like that Pacheco gave Cable a slimmer physique, and I think he even made him taller than usual. Gone is the Cable that had 200 pouches and carried 72 guns. Thank god for that.
Out of all the ResurrXion I’ve thus fa, Cable #1 is the only one I would label a page-turner. This book exceeded any an all expectations I may have had. I for one can’t wait to see who else Cable will track down, and as long as James Robinson and Carlos Pacheco are leading the way, I’ll be around to see how this adventure ends.