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Cable/Deadpool #5

Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2004
By: Jason Cornwell



Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Artists: Patrick Zircher, Rob Ross and M3TH of UDON

Publisher: Marvel Comics

I like to think that I'm able to follow a complex story, as David Mamet's multi-layered plots have never left me behind, and while I'm left a bit confused by some of the twist his stories take, I've enjoyed David Lynch's flights into the surreal. However, there are times when Fabian Nicieza's writing strikes me as far too dense to be properly enjoyed, as there's a wealth of information dumped on readers in this issue, and most of it is of the half-explained variety, which results in a fair bit of confusion. I mean I've spent a couple decades enjoying the adventures within the confines of the Marvel Universe, but I have to say even I was left stumped when the surprise villain was revealed as contrary to Fabian Nicieza's belief, this character is not exactly a widely known creation, and as such it would've been nice if he had taken a moment to actually detail who this character is, and what his powers allow him to accomplish.

There's also a rather confusing cliff-hanger moment where the colorist doesn't seem to have gotten the idea that the final panel is supposed to reveal what Cable's big world changing feat is, as if not for the next issue blurb, I'd be hard pressed to tell you what had changed after the flash of light swept over the plane. Still, he does earn marks for Deadpool's non-stop stream of babbling, as several of his lines made me smile, and the scene where Cable vomits up Deadpool has to stand up as one of the most delightfully twisted moments I've come across in quite some time. I also have to say I rather enjoy the fact that Cable looks to have forgotten he's supposed to be the hero in this story, as his actions in the final moments of this issue are a bit troublesome.

Patrick Zircher is one of my favourite artists and I'm glad to see he's landed on this title, as he's too good not to be working on a monthly series. This issue calls upon the art to deliver a wonderfully twisted scene where Deadpool essentially melts away into a puddle where upon he is then absorbed and vomited up by equally messed up Cable, and I have to say Patrick Zircher perfectly captures the bizarre nature of this sequence. There's also a nice one-page spread where Cable has a discussion with the leader of the One World Church, and a lovely piece of Kirby-tech acts as a backdrop. It's also nice to get a relatively normal looking cover.



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