Cable (comic book)

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Cable
Cover for Cable #1 (May 1993). Artwork by Art Thibert
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
FormatOngoing series
GenreSuperhero
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No. of issues
Main character(s)Cable
Hope Summers
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Cable is the name of multiple comic book titles featuring the character Cable and published by Marvel Comics, beginning with the original Cable comic book series which debuted in 1993.

Publication history[edit]

In 1992, the character had a two issue miniseries, titled Cable: Blood and Metal, written by Fabian Nicieza, pencilled by John Romita, Jr., and inked by Dan Green, published in October and November of that year.

Volume 1[edit]

Shortly after Blood and Metal, Cable was given his own ongoing series titled Cable. The book initially had trouble finding a stable creative team. A writer/penciller team would complete no more than three issues in a row until Jeph Loeb and Ian Churchill began work on issue #20 and finish on #35. Loeb and Churchill provided the first instance of stability, working together on fifteen of the twenty issues from #20–39. During their run, they explored characters in Cable's past, his feeling of responsibility toward Nathan Grey, his relationship with Domino and Blaquesmith, and further adventures with Kane, the Sugar Man, and the Microverse.

Cable #34–35 were part of the "Onslaught" storyline, which was a top vote getter for the Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Award for Favorite Comic-Book Story for 1997.

The series ran for 107 issues from May 1993 until September 2002 before being relaunched as Soldier X, which lasted 12 more issues until Aug. 2003.

After his solo series ended, he was paired with the mercenary Deadpool in a new ongoing series titled Cable & Deadpool.[1]

Volume 2[edit]

Cover of Cable, vol. 2, 1 (May 2008). Art by Ariel Olivetti

In 2008, Marvel Comics released Cable vol. 2, a new ongoing series by Duane Swierczynski and artist Ariel Olivetti.[2] This new series directly follows the events of "Messiah Complex". The series features Cable, and the messianic child's time traveling adventures. The dangers of the future and pursuit by Bishop are balanced with the humor of "Cable the soldier" becoming "Cable the Nanny."[3]

According to Duane Swierczynski, although the writer "missed Cable's heyday in the early 1990s," Cable is "[his] kind of antihero—the cryptic, Man with No Name of mutantkind. If [Swierczynski had] quibbles with the Cable of yesteryear, it's that he was just a tad too powerful. [Cable] could port around the world at will, fetch beer from the fridge with the power of his mind, and then crush said beer can against his metallic love handle."[4] When asked whether Nathan Summers was a tragic character in his mind, Swierczynski replied that, "Cable's still a bad ass soldier, make no mistake. But [the mission to protect Hope Summers in X-Men: Messiah War] is breaking him down like he's never been broken down before" and said that "[the readers are] going to see Cable struggling with a new bodily problem, one directly borne out of his experiences in 'Messiah War.'"[5]

In 2009, Cable vol. 2 had a seven-issue crossover with X-Force, X-Force/Cable: Messiah War, which is the second story in a three-part storyline that began in X-Men: Messiah Complex.[6]

Cable was canceled in April 2010 with issue #25 (the final issue being called Deadpool and Cable #25).[7]

Collected editions[edit]

First series (1993)[edit]

Title (Trade Paperback/ Hardcover) Material collected Publication date ISBN
Cable Classic: Volume 1 New Mutants (vol. 1) #87; Cable: Blood and Metal; Cable (vol. 1) #1–4 March 2008 Paperback: 0-7851-3123-X
Cable Classic: Volume 2 Cable (vol. 1) #5–14 August 2009 Paperback: 0-7851-3744-0
Cable Classic: Volume 3 Cable (vol. 1) #15–20, Wolverine (vol. 2) #85 August 2012 Paperback: 0-7851-5972-X
Cable and X-Force Classic: Volume 1 Cable (vol. 1) #21–28; X-Force (vol. 1) #44–48 May 2013 Paperback: 978-0-7851-8432-4
Cable and X-Force Onslaught Rising Cable (vol. 1) #29-31; X-Force (vol. 1) #49-56, X-Man 14 and X-Force/Cable Annual '95 February 2018 Paperback: 978-1-302-90949-9
X-Man: The Man Who Fell to Earth Cable (1993) #29–31; Excalibur (1988) #95 and X-Man #5–14 July 4, 2012 Paperback: 978-0785159810
X-Men: Prelude to Onslaught Cable (vol. 1) #32–33; X-Men (vol. 2) #50; Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #333; X-Man #15–17, April 2010 Paperback: 0-7851-4463-3
X-Men: The Complete Onslaught Epic Volume 1 Cable (vol. 1) #34; X-Force (vol. 1) #57; X-Men (vol. 2) #53–54; Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #334–335; and more. December 2007 Paperback: 0-7851-2823-9
X-Men: The Complete Onslaught Epic Volume 2 Cable (vol. 1) #35; X-Force (vol. 1) #58; X-Men (vol. 2) #55, Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #336; and more. June 2008 Paperback: 0-7851-2824-7
X-Men: The Complete Onslaught Epic Volume 4 Cable (vol. 1) #36; X-Men (vol. 2) #56–57; Uncanny X-Men (vol. 2) #337; Onslaught: Epilogue and more. January 2009 Paperback: 0-7851-2826-3
X-Men: Operation Zero Tolerance Cable (vol. 1) #45–47; X-Force (vol. 1) #67–70; X-Men (vol. 2) #65–70; and more. March 2000 Paperback: 978-0785107385
Cable: The Hellfire Hunt Cable (vol. 1) #-1, 48–58; Cable & Machine Man Annual 1998; Machine Man & Bastion Annual 1998; Wolverine/Cable #1 November 2017 Paperback: 978-1-3029-0785-3
Deathlok: Rage Against The Machine Cable (vol. 1) #58–62; Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #371; X-Men (vol. 2) #91; X-Men Annual 99'; Deathlok (vol. 3) #1-11. February 2015 Paperback: 978-0-7851-9291-6
Cable: the Nemesis Contract Cable (vol. 1) #59-70 and Cable (vol. 1) ANNUAL '99 and X-Man #45-47 January 2018 Paperback: 978-1-302-90948-2
X-Men Vs. Apocalypse, Volume 1: The Twelve Cable (vol. 1) #75–76; Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #376–377; X-Men (vol. 2) #96–97; Wolverine (vol. 2) #146–147 March 2008 Paperback: 0-7851-2263-X
X-Men Vs. Apocalypse, Volume 2: Ages of Apocalypse Cable (vol. 1) #77; Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #378; X-Men (vol. 2) #98; The Search for Cyclops #1–4; and more. September 2008 Paperback: 0-7851-2264-8
X-Men: Powerless Cable (vol. 1) #78; X-Force (vol. 1) #101; Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #379–380; X-Men (vol. 2) #99; and more. August 2010 Paperback: 0-7851-4677-6
Cable: Revolution Cable (vol. 1) #79-96 April 2018 Paperback: 978-1-302-91217-8
X-Men: Dream's End Cable (vol. 1) #87; Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #388–390; Bishop: The Last X-Man #16; X-Men (vol. 2) #108–110. December 2004 Paperback: 0-7851-1551-X
Cable: Shining Path Cable (vol. 1) #97–100 May 2002 Paperback: 0-7851-0909-9
Cable: The End Cable (vol. 1) #101–107 November 2002 Paperback: 0-7851-0963-3

Second series (2008)[edit]

Title (Trade Paperback/ Hardcover) Material collected Publication date ISBN
Cable: The Last Hope Cable (vol. 2) #1–12; King-Sized Cable; X-Men: The Life and Times of Lucas Bishop #1-3; X-Men: Future History - The Messiah War Sourcebook April 2018 1-302-91216-X (softcover)
Cable, Volume 1: Messiah War Cable (vol. 2) #1–5 January 2009 0-7851-3226-0 (hardcover); 0-7851-2973-1 (softcover)
Cable, Volume 2: Waiting for the End of the World Cable (vol. 2) #6–10; King-Sized Cable June 2009 0-7851-3391-7 (hardcover); 0-7851-2973-1 (softcover)
X-Force/Cable: Messiah War Cable (vol. 2) #11–15; Messiah War one-shot; X-Force (vol. 3) #14–16; X-Men: The Times and Life of Lucas Bishop #1–3; X-Men: Future History – The Messiah War Sourcebook August 2009 0-7851-3157-4 (hardcover); 0-7851-3173-6 (softcover)
Cable, Volume 3: Stranded Cable (vol. 2) #16–20 February 2010 0-7851-4241-X (hardcover); 0-7851-4167-7 (softcover)
Cable, Volume 4: Homecoming Cable (vol. 2) #21–25; X-Men: Hope #1 November 2010 978-0-7851-4509-7 (hardcover); 978-0-7851-4168-6 (softcover)
Avengers: X-Sanction Avengers: X-Sanction #1–4 December 2012 Paperback: 0-7851-5863-4

Third series (2017)[edit]

Title (Trade Paperback/ Hardcover) Material collected Publication date ISBN
Cable, Volume 1: Conquest Cable (vol. 3) #1–6 December 18, 2017 Paperback: 978-1302904821
Cable, Volume 2: The Newer Mutants Cable #150–154 April 24, 2018 Paperback: 978-1302904838

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cable & Deadpool #1 (May 2004)
  2. ^ "Duane Swierczynski Is Your New 'Cable' Provider". Comic Book Resources. December 4, 2007.
  3. ^ Cable vol. 2, #7–8 (Dec. 2008 – Jan. 2009)
  4. ^ X-Men: Future History – The Messiah War Sourcebook (July 2009)
  5. ^ "Double-X Update: Swierczynski and Yost After the 'War'". Newsarama. Retrieved 2011-02-11.
  6. ^ "Kyle/Yost/Choi Talk 'Messiah War'". Comic Book Resources. December 12, 2008.
  7. ^ "Gallery: Images from Deadpool and Cable #25". Marvel.com. April 7, 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-11.