By Gerry Duggan and Phil Noto
Cable #5 continues the X of Swords story, but for this issue, we focus on Cable and the Summers family. Cyclops, Jean and Cable continue to explore an empty S.W.O.R.D. station. For me, few phrases in the X-Men vernacular pique my interest more than Summers family adventure. So let’s dissect what the Summers family is up to and how they fit into this tournament of champions.
Gerry Duggan is writing this issue of the event, and that’s always a good thing. One thing Duggan tries to hammer home this issue is the family aspect between the 3 major characters. While things may be weird at times for the X-Men since the House of X era began, Duggan shows Scott, Jean and Cable as a family unit that love and care for each other. Something like Scott offering to take Cable’s place in the tournament has meaning, and it shows that Scott is still the same selfless character as he has always been. Duggan also has this issue read as a creepy book. As Jean explores the station by herself, there is a page that could be straight out of a horror movie as she interacts with a survivor on the ship. Duggan wrote a good issue that feels very different from the other books in this crossover. It fits in at the end, but the feeling of horror and suspense goes a long way in comic books. This is one of the finest issues in the entire event so far.
The pencils and colors are handled by Phil Noto this issue. Drawing and coloring an issue that is dark and creepy is not an easy task. What Noto puts on the page has to convey the creepiness of Duggan’s words and script. Noto is successful. This issue is dark; as Cyclops and Jean attempt to stop an invasion, Noto brilliantly colors the black aliens with a green background. The spacing and the colors seem difficult, but Noto handles it like the pro that he is. A panel where Jean and Scott stare at the gateway for the aliens is drawn well. Noto gives us the characters from their shoulders to their upper legs. The gateway stands before them, and the vibrant energy illuminates the page. This is some of Noto’s finest work. The pencils are clean and the colors are smooth and radiant. Noto’s work is another reason why this issue is such a leaping success.
Cable #5 has everything you would want from an X-Men comic. Popular and likable characters, good story, great art, and overall, a tie in to the crossover. Gerry Duggan doesn’t miss when he takes over a title. Phil Noto is showing off some of the best work of his career too. Cable #5 is setting the bar for the crossover.