Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Bob Quinn
Colorist: Java Tartalagia
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover Artists: Stefano Caselli & Israel Silva
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cable is back! And just in time to help stop the end of the Universe. The Dread Dormammu has possessed Ego The Living Planet and is invading the Universe in “The Last Annihilation”. However, the Guardians of the Galaxy are working with S.W.O.R.D. to put a stop to that. Cable: Reloaded #1 shows the old soldier’s role in all of this.
If you’ve been waiting for old Cable to come back, well, wish granted. He’s back! Al Ewing capitalizes on this with the hero’s narration and overall characterization in the comic. He’s gruff, experienced, has a no-nonsense attitude, and is a hero at heart fighting for a better tomorrow. This is an action-packed comic from start to finish and feels like a cool Cable comic book all around.
If you’re not familiar with Cable’s history or past stories, that’s okay. This comic focuses mainly on his general characterization and follows through with his place in S.W.O.R.D. and his role in The Last Annihilation. Now don’t expect much of him fighting Mindless Ones, Cable is on a different mission to help thwart the “other-dimensional” conqueror’s plans.
The comic’s story takes Cable on an away mission to the planet of Breakworld. At first, this world isn’t all that great by appearances until you learn about the true nature of it all. Once the comic gets to the halfway point, that’s when the comic really gets fun. The action scenes look good with Bob Quinn’s art and Java Tartalagia’s colors. Whether it’s drawing Cable, his AI assistants, the other characters, and the forces of Breakworld.
So, what’s Cable’s mission? This is where Al Ewing almost hit a snag for me. Essentially, Cable and his team are sent to Breakworld to procure a planet-sized gun. How? Breakworld is basically a factory world that has a city capable of manufacturing the gun and ammo they need that were promptly teleported back to Mars/Arakko. It’s very likely that S.W.O.R.D. plans to use the massive space gun on Dormammu. Who knows if it will work at all. It all sounds simple enough, but the presentation in the comic made it a little more confusing than it really needed to be.
Cable is back in Cable: Reloaded #1 and the comic embraces that. You get the action, gruffness, and large epic weapons you’d expect in a Cable comic. It also lets you know where and when it fits into The Last Annihilation crossover event. The story is fine and well-paced with the fun action in the the latter half. The art from Bob Quinn and colors by Java Tartalagia makes Cable and everyone else look good in this comic.