SPOILER SPORT: X-FORCE #28 - Yost on 'Second Coming'
SPOILER SPORT: X-FORCE #28
***SPOILERS A-COMIN’, PEOPLE! THIS IS THE CREATIVE TEAM TALKING ABOUT THE EVENTS OF X-FORCE #28*** Hey, remember those ”Second Coming” teasers from way back in January? Specifically “One Will Sacrifice,” with Cable, Wolverine, Domino, Cypher, Archangel and X-23?ONE LAST SPOILER ALERT HERE KIDS Marvel Comics proved that readers should take those teasers seriously this week. Cable indeed sacrificed himself in the pages of X-Force #28, the penultimate “Second Coming” chapter, by holding Bastion’s time portal in order to bring the rest of the characters seen in that teaser home to the present, and completely succumbing to his techno-organic virus in the process.
The 14-part “Second Coming” X-Men crossover has been an especially noteworthy one. Sure, X-Force co-writers Craig Kyle and Chris Yost have a lot of mutant blood on their hands, but this story, featuring the extended X-Men family fighting for the survival of their species, has taken things to a new, dramatic level. Just two months ago, the same creative team — Kyle and Yost along with penciler Mike Choi and colorist Sonia Oback — wrote the equally heroic death scene of Nightcrawler, one of the X-Men's most beloved and enduring characters. Yeah, there’s always the “he’s a time traveler! He could come back at any time!” theories, but it certainly appears that, for now, all that’s left is Cable’s techno-organic arm. Cable, with his giant guns, robot parts and multiple pouches, is an iconic product of the ‘90s and quickly became one of Marvel’s most popular additions. He was introduced in his most recognizable form as a grizzled soldier from the future more than two decades ago in New Mutants #87 by Louise Simonson and Rob Liefeld, but technically made his first appearance as the infant Nathan Christopher Summers — the son of Scott “Cyclops” Summers and Jean Grey clone Madelyne Pryor — in 1986’s Uncanny X-Men #201. After a year with the New Mutants, he went on to lead their evolution into X-Force, and starred in his own solo title for 107 issues starting in 1993, before being briefly rechristened as Soldier X. Fifty issues of team-up book Cable & Deadpool followed, and later the recently wrapped second solo Cable title; 25 issues penned by Duane Swierczynski. Newsarama reached out to the X-Force creative team for some thoughts on how they handled Cable’s final moments. Chris Yost: “Craig and I were there for Cable's first appearance in New Mutants back in the day, and we've been lucky enough to write him on a few occasions... and this. For us, Cable was always a character whose death was something the character himself would put forward — if that's what it took to complete his mission, he wouldn't think twice about it. Cable was something different, something we (as readers) hadn't seen before. Someone with military training that followed Xavier's dream by going out there and kicking the *%#$ out of anyone who might mess with mutantkind. Cable elevated Cannonball and the New Mutants, created X-Force, brought in characters like Domino and Deadpool to the mix … you could always count on him to do something unexpected, usually while carrying a gun the size of a building. Cable's been a lot of things … man of mystery, mercenary, freedom fighter, teacher … but now, he'd taken on the role of protector, and finally that of a father to Hope. The soldier became a man who believed in something, believed in her. And he'd do anything to protect her, even if it meant giving his own life. He'd do it with a smile on his face. And when he sacrificed himself saving X-Force — saving all of mutantkind — the last thing he saw was that Hope had survived … and he could finally let go, mission accomplished.”