By Gerry Duggan and Phil Noto
After being introduced by Ed Brisson in the pages of Extermination, kid Cable has been a polarizing character. As a Cyclops fan, I kind of like this younger version of Cable. It gives Scott a chance to be a father to a son he was forced to give up. Cable’s series has involved his parents and sister from time to time and family has been an important theme of this series. As we pick up the pieces after the conclusion of X of Swords, Cable is playing detective and cop again, and he’s bringing his sister along for the ride.
Gerry Duggan is a good writer who will take characters and flesh them out. Even if these are characters you don’t necessarily love, Duggan will make you like them. This issue of Cable has a team up between Cable and his sister Rachel. What works here is how these two interact on the page. We can see the care that they both have for each other.They are in constant contact the entire issue and Rachel helps out with the resolution. As Cable get a little more of a glimpse of who is really behind the baby kidnapping plot, Duggan has Rachel show real concern. As stated above, family is a big theme in this book, so it wouldn’t be complete without Scott and Jean in the issue. Duggan seems to love putting Scott in a fatherly role, and it works this issue. As a Cyclops fan, it’s great seeing him be the father that he wasn’t able to be, and never had himself.
The pencils and colors this issue are handled by Phil Noto. Noto’s art has gotten cleaner since some of his earlier days in the x-universe. This issue there are some great panels that showcase some real emotion. As Rachel peeks in the window to keep the kidnapped babies calm, the smile on her face as she talks to them is really sweet. There is also a cool page of Racel as she takes a look inside the house with her mind. Noto draws this page well, Rachel is in the center and we get several images behind her showing what has gone on with this group of lunatics. Noto uses a pink layover to showcase what Rachel is seeing in her mind, which works. Noto’s colors are about as good as they’ve ever been. Nothing is muddy and the colors are very clean. Noto uses a lot of light pink to show us what Rachel is seeing. This is effective and a very night light color. Phil Noto’s work on this issue is some of the best of his career. He’s getting better as an artist and colorist and is shows with every passing issue he does.
Cable #7 is another good entry in what has been a surprisingly good series. Gerry Duggan is tapping into our innermost desires and giving us a family book that we’ve always wanted. Phil Noto continues to be an art master on the page; his work just keeps getting better. Cable has become one of the best books in this X-Men line.