Friday, December 14, 2012
Cable & X-Force #1
Cable gets most of the pages, with Hope having a bigger role than I’d assumed. She’s not on the cover, but a lot of this issue involves getting the two of them re-connected (with the help of Domino, who does get a nice little infiltration sequence). I’m happy to see the parental reunion, but there isn’t a lot of drama left after they meet up.
In fact, that’s my main problem with this issue. What is the draw to bring me back next month? The out-of-sequence opening where Cable shoots Havok and upsets the Uncanny Avengers? Am I supposed to be worried about Cable’s headaches? Or maybe the cliffhanger where the techno-organic virus is spilling off a ship onto the beach? Maybe it’s just me, but none of those elements provide enough of a pull to bring me back. This is a perfectly fine comic, but I’m not excited or anxious to see what happens.
Larrocca has been a fave of mine for years. I don’t love his current photo-reference style, but even that is beautiful. A lot of characters look like themselves here. (Forge especially has been oddly rendered over his last few appearances.) I will say Dr. Nemesis looks ridiculous on that cover, but in the book itself he’s in his current costume and on-model. Domino looks great, but admittedly, she's got a striking look. Cable’s silly new arm is amusing, but at least the characters comment on it.
Again, good characters, nice art. But a story that just left me cold.