It’s official: writer James Robinson will return to Marvel Comics for “Cable,” his new ongoing series with artist Carlos Pacheco. Speaking to Marvel.com, Robinson — who worked with the character in the mid-1990s — offered some insight to the upcoming “ResurrXion” series.
“One of the things about Cable is he’s a ‘time warrior,'” he explained. “Time travel is part of his make-up in almost every aspect of his history — no pun intended. This series will be Cable on a race against time to fix time. The reason Cable must take on this quest will reveal itself as the story and mystery unfolds, but he’s doing it for the sake of the Marvel Universe, which will fall apart if he doesn’t take action. And in the course of Cable’s mission, we’ll see him in a lot of great time periods like 15th century Japan, WWI, the Stone Age, Victorian England, and on and on, all with those time periods made more crazy and sci-fi by time being fractured by the villain of our series.”
“This series, while not throwing out any of Cable’s past, will focus on him as a character for new readers as well as old ones. The villain is a new character simply named Conquest. He’s a technocrat from a future where he’s worked out how to manipulate the butterfly effect of times past to make his reality perfect for his wants,” he added. “That ripple effect has changed the present. Cable has to stop Conquest. Conquest has no intention of being stopped and intends to use all that history has to offer in terms of warriors and villains to stop Cable at each stop our hero makes in time.”
The son of Cyclops and Jean Grey’s clone Madelyne Pryor, Cable was infected with the deadly techno-organic virus as an infant and taken thousands of years into the future where a cure could be found. Cable grew up in that post-apocalyptic future with one goal: kill the immortal tyrant Apocalypse that ruled Earth. As an adult, Cable traveled back to his home era and sought to bring together a group of mutants in order to take the fight to Apocalypse before the evil mutant rose to power. That group gradually mutated from the New Mutants into X-Force, a paramilitary fighting unit. Cable’s war eventually grew in scope, as he became more generally heroic — even if it was in a more “by any means necessary” style than many of his peers.
Most recently, Cable became the guardian of Hope, the first new mutant baby born after the M-Day event that saw the mutant gene almost totally erased from existence. Cable raised hope for over a dozen years, time-hopping further and further into the future in order to keep her safe. The pair eventually returned to Cable’s home time, where they served on a number of X-Force rosters together. Hope’s current whereabouts remain unknown, as she was last seen in a coma in “X-Force.” Cable currently serves as a member of the Avengers Unity Squad and has charged himself with finding a cure for the deadly M-Pox threatening all mutant life.
“Cable” #1 arrives in spring 2017.
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