By Gerry Duggan and Phil Noto
With X of Swords winding down, the event has needed a boost because I don’t think many fans were all that thrilled with an arm wrestling match between Magik and a gigantic alligator. The problem with the event was that the build up was great, but the actual contests seemed lame and uninteresting. As we start to get close to the finish line, things are starting to take shape in a good way. Cable #6 is the best chapter of the event that came out this week.
Gerry Duggan is a good storyteller who has a knack for writing characters well. This issue picks up where Hellions left off. Mr. Sinister is back on Krakoa and talking to the council. Duggan ties the issues in together and gives us readers a glimpse into the council’s view on Sinister. Dugaan has the pleasure of delivering two actual battles this issue. One between Cable and the recently married Bei, and a battle between Gorgon and the White Sword. Duggan reminds us that Cable still has some growing up to do and that he is still a young man. He does something during the fight that his older counterpart definitely would not have. Duggan also continues to touch on Cable’s relationship with his parents. Scott and Jean finally appear in the event again, and Duggan does a good job of showing how close the family is. Gorgon’s fight with the White Sword has been the highlight of the event so far. If you didn’t think Gorgon was awesome after reading X-Men, surely this issue will change your mind. This is the kind of issue fans expected when the event was announced. Gerry Duggan has done a fabulous job of delivering the best issue of the event.
The pencils and colors this issue are handled by Phil Noto. I’m a fan of Noto’s work. It conveys realism, especially in the faces he draws. When Cyclops loses his connection to Cable, we can see the hurt and worry on Scott’s face. Notos fight scenes looked nice, especially the Gogron and White Sword battle. Pencils were clean and clear, and overall looked great.Noto’s colors were fitting for this issue. Backgrounds seemed dark or he used warm color tones like orange to convey danger. The green on Jean’s uniform is one of the most vibrant colors used by Noto. Her uniform will draw your eye because it sticks out that much. The red from Cyclops’ visor seems like a lighter shade than normal, but it all works out. Noto has turned in another good issue for readers.
Cable #6 was a very good issue and it gave fans what they wanted; fights, deaths and violence. Gerry Duggan again comes through and delivers the best issue of the crossover. Phil Noto’s stylistic art continues to impress every time he works on a book. Cable #6 should not be missed.