Marvel revealed what Cable fans can expect from the returning series as part of Marvel Legacy, and it includes a new New Mutants.
Quick. Go into another room, find someone who doesn’t read comic books and try to explain the origin of Cable in less than five minutes.
Nope, I couldn’t do it either.
But the character has proven to be a popular one among X-Men fans and has been a part of mutant lore since his introduction in New Mutants #87. Over the years, he has gone from headlining his own ongoing series to being a supporting player in various team books. Recently Cable returned to his own series as part of the great X-Men relaunch earlier this year and now he will join Marvel Legacy.
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It was revealed today at Previews World that Cable will be renumbered to #150 and will get a brand new creative team to boot.
The current creative team of writer James Robinson and rotating artists Carlos Pacheco and Yildiray Cinar will be replaced by writer Ed Brisson and artist Jon Malin. Right now it’s not known if this is just a temporary change for the new arc or something more permanent.
But in any event, Brisson and Malin plan to bring Cable back to his roots, so to speak, and have him gather a new team of mutants to solve a murder.
A New New Mutants if you will. Or Newer Mutants.
Whatever you want to call them, to hear Brisson explain it, each member of this new team is there for a specific reason.
"In this arc, Cable only knows that someone has leapt to the past and killed a mutant in New Orleans. As he peels back the layers of the case, he starts to understand the larger picture of what he’s against and begins to recruit members based on what he needs to accomplish. The team, consisting of Longshot, Shatterstar, Doop, X-23, Blink and Armor each provide a very important skillset needed to find this killer and stop him or her. You take one of them out of the equation and the mission is doomed."
Aside from Doop, who I never took a liking to, I really think the lineup for Cable’s new squad really works. Having both Longshot and Shatterstar on the team is a plus, and Blink is always an interesting character to read. It’s also intriguing that this is the X-23 version of the character and not the one that has taken on the mantle of Wolverine.
Cover to Cable #150 (Photo credit: Marvel Comics)
If you’re curious, here is the solicitation for Cable #150:
"The time-traveling mutant known as Cable has made it his one-man mission to preserve all of time itself. But when a disturbance in the timestream sends Cable back to the recent past, he’ll find a mutant killer he won’t be able to handle alone. Cable’s led teams of X-Men before and he’ll have to turn to some old allies and new friends to stop this deadly threat. Get ready for the newer New Mutants!"
The freshly renumbered Cable #150 will arrive later this year in comic shops and digitally as part of Marvel Legacy.