The X-Men Grieve Cable's Death in X-Men: The Exterminated #1

Marvel Comics today revealed the first plot details and cover for X-Men: The Exterminated #1. The issue will see the titular mutant group come together to mourn the loss of one of their own: Cable, who perished in X-Men: Extermination #1.

The issue will follow Hope Summers as she grieves the death of her adoptive father, a press release reveals. Hope's journey could easily descend into darkness, though, and Jean Grey may be her only salvation.

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X-Men: The Exterminated #1 will be helmed by Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler, the creative team behind Marvel's Cable series. The issue's cover is illustrated by Geoff Shaw, and a special back-up story will be penned by legendary X-Men scribe Chris Claremont.

“This issue is our chance to say a proper farewell to Cable, to honor his legacy, and to really see the immense impact the time travelling mutant had on those closest to him,” said Nadler. “Most importantly, it's about how the Summers family copes with grief, and the difficulty of forging ahead. The issue is packed with fan favorite X-Men from all different eras, and we're super excited to be bringing them together, despite the somber occasion.”

Cable perished in the first issue of X-Men: Extermination after a series of bloody attacks on time-travelers left multiple mutants dead. Among the deceased was Cable and Bloodstorm. The issue's end was made even more impactful by the reveal of Cable's killer -- Cable himself, albeit a younger version of the hero.

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Created by Chris Claremont, Rick Leonardi, Louise Simonson and Rob Liefeld, Cable was first introduced in Uncanny X-Men #201 in 1986. The character proved to be massively popular among readers and has since gone on to become a staple of not just the ­X-Men comics, but also Marvel Comics in general.

Cable's mutant abilities have always been in flux. While he has long been considered an incredibly powerful mutant telepath, much of that power was consciously used to keep his Techno-Organic Virus affliction at bay. On the rare instances when he has been relieved of his future-viral burden, Cable has proven to be an incredibly powerful psychic.

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Cable's death comes at what may be the height of the character's popularity. Josh Brolin recently played Cable in the critically acclaimed Deadpool 2, marking the character's big screen debut. Cable is slated to appear in the X-Force spinoff film, also played by Brolin.

Additional details about X-Men: The Exterminated #1, such as the issue's cover and release date, can be found below:


  • Art by NEIL EDWARDS and more
  • Cover by GEOFF SHAW, colors by ANTONIO FABELA
  • On Sale 12/5/18

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