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Cable King-Size Spectacular #1

Posted: Tuesday, September 9, 2008
By: Steven M. Bari

Duane Swiercyznski
Ken Lashley
Marvel Comics
Editor's Note: Cable King-Size Spectacular #1 arrives in stores tomorrow, September 10.

Cable King-Size Spectacular #1 is not spectacular. Swiercyznski is given 51 pages and he still manages to drags his feet with the story, which by page fifteen is already predictable. We follow the continued aggressive journey of Bishop who is on the hunt for Cable and the messiah baby. He tracks his target through time, discovering that the mutant soldier can longer jump back into the time stream. With only so much future to traverse, Cable is "running out of road."

Swiercyznski loves to play from internal monologue, especially when it comes to detective work. Bishop contemplates over where Cable could be, and wonders what traps he's left behind him. More often than not, Bishop falls right into them. In 2151, he discovers that Cable has been made a savior, whose believers recognize Bishop as the foretold "baby killer." "Another trap," Bishop thinks as the crowd lunges at him with rusty knives. "And this time, it's Cable's own damn cult."

As for our messianic title character, his thoughts remain his as he travels through the woods. He is attacked by mutant wolverines and becomes separated from the child. The one substantive development in this issue is the baby who is now a walking and baby-talking toddler. When Cable goes to reach for the little girl from a tree above him, she exclaims, "No Nay-Nay! I scared!" The traumatic episode of being attacked by the mutated beasts and Cable's injury due to a massive bear trap has made the toddler feel vulnerable and timid in the soldier's stead.

Of course, what happens next is fairly obvious, as Bishop arrives and subsequently--though unintentionally--saves the baby he's meant to kill. The story in retrospect becomes meaningless, hackneyed, and without any forward movement to the overall Cable series, which is still mired in the cat-and-mouse antics of the first five issues. Moreover, the issue "spectacular" constitutes 51 pages of a broken record, a reprint of variant covers, and preview of Deadpool #1. Why bother adding this the day the actual issue comes out (especially when you can look at it for free here!)? Are the demographics between that book and this so chasm-like that readers need a preview of Deadpool before they buy it?

The art in this issue by Lashly was quite appealing, however. Daring page layout advances his hyper-realistic style, which is very reminiscent of Billy Tan. In one scene, Bishop falls prey to an exploding dummy of the baby left by Cable. The mutant falls from a skyscraper to the ground in fan-like movement of diagonal panels, opening Bishop's effort to save himself stage by stage.

Overall, I was really displeased with this issue. Yet if you are a new comer to the series, this is good place to start as it serves as an adequate introduction to Cable.

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