Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Cable #18 - Marvel

Now this book should be billed as . . Cable . . In Space! Last issue, Cable and Hope took off in Earth's only hope of salvation . . their only working spaceship. Because of Bishop's actions, this Earth has come to an end. It's not completely done yet, but it may as well be. They're all just waiting for it's final breath. So Cable's plan is . . head out into the universe and make it harder for Bishop to follow them or establish where they're going. This story picks up, it appears, about 7 or 8 years later. Hope is a teenager now. The people of Earth have Cable locked up in the brig, because he passed himself off as Stryfe when this mission began. Since they found that to not be true . . they arrested him. Unfortunately, now . . they're flying around through space with no idea where they're going. Or . . where they're at. However it isn't long . . well, long being relative, they've been in space for 7 or 8 years . . however, it isn't long, as far as this story goes, before they're boarded by another vessel. Of course it's Bishop and his followers from the 'clean-city'. Which includes Emil, Hope's child-hood friend . . also now a teenager. So, Bishop's plan, unbeknownst to Emil or the rest of the people form Earth, is to ensure that Hope is indeed still aboard this ship . . he has to see her with his own eyes, and then he's going to set off the nuclear bomb that he's got implanted in his cybernetic arm. Everyone dies . . including Hope and Bishop. However, shortly after their reunion, Hope tells Emil what's really going on. He helps her evade Bishop and hide in the ship. But it's not long before they come face to face. However, before he can trigger the device Emil attacks him. That of course doesn't last long. But then, before he can again trigger the bomb . . everyone is held in stasis. The ship has just been attacked, and overrun by . . . the Brood. "Bishop wasn't the only one interested in my girl." That was an ending that I wasn't expecting. This issue's title is Brood Chapter One: Bishop takes Pawn. Next issue is titled Queen Captures Bishop. An interesting play on words. Anyways . . this looks like it's going to shape up to be an interesting chapter in this on-going saga. Actually, I'm glad they're off Earth now. I think everything had run it's course there. The story would've seemed forced if they tried to remain inside that paradigm. I'm still questioning why, this far into the future, Cable still hasn't found the resources to fix his time-travelling device. But . . he's got a whole new threat to worry about now. I thought it was a good story by Duane Swierczynski and Gabriel Guzman. Also Gabriel's art throughout this issue looked pretty good. I can't wait to see where we go from here.

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