By Gerry Duggan and Phil Noto
Cable #11 is the issue many Cable fans have been waiting for; the return of old man Cable. While young Cable, or wifi to some, has his fans, the old man has a legion of followers that have been looking forward to his return since he died in Extermination. Now, we’re finally here and you can count on Gerry Duggan and Phil Noto not to disappoint you.
Gerry Duggan is making huge strides in the X-universe, his new flagship X-Men book is dropping next week, so it’s safe to say if you see his name on an issue, it is worth a read. Duggan has the hard task of bringing back old man Cable in a satisfying way, and he succeeds. It wasn’t really much of a process really, the 5 just brought him back like young Cable asked them to, but there was still some impact and weight to it. Duggan does give a reason why Cable comes back with the techno virus, which as a fan you can take that as you will I guess, but I understand it. Duggan does give us a brief, but sweet emotional panel between Cable and Hope as well. The fun thing about this issue is that Duggan utilizes some of the most important people in Cable’s life. Cyclops and Jean are present, Deadpool and Domino appear, so it’s nice that this reunion is met with people that mattered in Cable’s life. The issue ends right when you want to see a little bit more, but Duggan did a fine job of setting the scene for a great finale.
The pencils and colors are handled by Phil Noto. Another issue, another good book by Phil Noto. Noto has really refined his style and colors and things look about as good as they ever have. Noto draws a hilarious panel of Deadpool as he watches Esme and young Cable kiss, it looks just like a scene from the Deadpool movie. There is a good interaction between Magik and old man Cable where Noto draws Cable giving her an awesome stern look. It’s perfectly drawn and right in line with a cranky old man who was just brought back to life. Of course the panel of the entire issue is the heartfelt hug between Hope and old man Cable. It’s drawn and colored so well by Noto that you can almost feel the warmth leaping off the page at you. Overall, this was a well drawn and colored book by Noto, which means that he’s doing the same great job that he always does.
Cable #11 offers us some closure and some joy as we brace ourselves for the final next issue. Gerry Duggan has been consistently good on this series, and it has been one of the more underrated books from the X-line. Phil Noto is always a joy to see on a title, and his art and colors are only getting better with time. Cable #11 is a sweet book that has big consequences ahead of it.