Avengers: X-Sanction #4
Written by Jeph Loeb
Art by Ed McGuinness, Dexter Vines, and Morry Hollowell
The short of it:
Cable is on his last legs as he fights off Wolverine and Spider-Man, the virus making this crunch time. Hope and Cyclops are there, and obviously they’d rather Cable not die, and nobody has any patience for Spider-Man at all. Nobody knows Cable quite like Hope does, and the Avengers aren’t too happy about being beaten around like amateurs. Cable is willing to take them all with him, or get taken down by all of them, but which winds up happening? By the end of the issue we have a clear answer about whether or not we’ll be seeing him again, that’s for sure!
What I liked:
What I didn’t like:
I feel kind of dumb that I didn’t put together that Loeb was treating the techno virus like some sort of cancer the entire time. Really, that’s all it is, and for some reason the idea of a comic book virus never made me think of cancer.
Cyclops got shot and was only woozy and selling it for like, two panels. Huh?
Did Spider-Man even need to be in this issue?
Doctor Doom didn’t do it! Huzzah!
Cable’s new status quo, if not instantly subject to some sort of retcon bomb to get back to normal, is something I’m really amped about. It feels new and different, and more importantly, it feels right. Like when Mike Carey went ahead in X-Men Legacy and let Rogue touch people at will. Sometimes the elements that hindered a character in order to develop them get tired and need to be taken away for the character to keep growing. Cable has long had the familiar trappings of his techno virus and his powers having to be used almost exclusively to keep the virus in check. Every writer has had a spin on it, and to be fair, I got bored with it. Just like Rogue not being able to touch people.
I came into the miniseries with mild expectations built entirely out of nostalgia. I come out of it having enjoyed four really fun issues filled with well written, and even better drawn, action. On top of that, the twist I was expecting is not the one I got. I’m really glad I bought this, and I’m actually anxious to find out what Jeph Loeb will be up to next for the first time in a long time.