Nathan Summers is back and takes charge of the team book he founded in the 90′s. Marvel reveals the book behind the WANTED teaser is Cable and X-Force. The concept that keeps being reinvented is reborn with its original leader in the Marvel NOW relaunch.
This latest incarnation of this team by Dennis Hopeless and Salvador Larroca launches December 2012. The roster unites old and a new favorite: Cable, Colossus, Forge, Dr. Nemesis and Domino.
Cable became the mentor/drill sergeant for New Mutants (Cannonball, Sunspot, Boom Boom) then welcomed Warpath, Feral, Shatterstar and Domino to form a pro-active fighting unit. In Messiah Complex Cyclops and Wolverine formed a new covert X-Force team: Warpath, X-23, Wolfsbane, Archangel, Elixir. Cyclops shut them down but Wolverine and Angel secretly formed a new Uncanny X-Force with Psylocke, Deadpool and Fantomex. That book is ending as Rick Remender moves on to Uncanny Avengers and Captain America.
I love how Hopeless tells Comic Book Resources Cable’s connection to a classic movie icon.
“When Cable is at his best, he’s the Mad Max of the Marvel Universe; Beat to s—. Tank just above empty. Odds always against him. Whether he likes it or not, he’s going to spend the whole movie driving straight at the enemy.
Mad Max meets Steve McQueen as played by the T2 Terminator: That’s my take on Cable. He doesn’t want to sit and chat. He doesn’t have time to explain the plan to you. He just wants whatever horrible thing he has to do done fast, so he can steal five minutes peace after. The fun part is surrounding him with a supporting cast who absolutely refuse to give him that peace.”
Hopeless goes on to talk about his roster, the book’s premise and the reasoning behind the Wanted teaser:
“You have Cable, Forge, Domino, Colossus and Dr. Nemesis. In my mind this is a crime series, so I tried to cast the book like you would a bank robbery. This isn’t a family or a school. It’s a crew. A safe cracker may hate her getaway man, but at the end of the night, she still needs him to drive the car. Cable puts the team together for their skills, not because he thinks they’ll get along.
Our first arc is the story of how Cable and his X-Force become the world’s Most Wanted mutant terrorists. You know how at the beginning and end of every “Mission Impossible” movie Tom Cruise is a spy, but in the middle he’s an international criminal on the run from the whole world? That’s what we’re doing here.”
For more of his interview here’s the CBR link.
Op/Ed: The Pros and Nons of another X-Force:
Cable – I’m always on the fence when it comes to Nathan. My first impression from last year’s X-Sanction was keep him dead already. I loved Nathan’s sacrifice and goodbe to Hope and Scott in Second Coming. If Hopeless and company can make him the badass of the original series or the Mike Carey X-Men. I think there are way too many characters from future running around.
Colossus – I’m disappointed that he will not be part of the main X-book but maybe he needs to be in the hands of a new writer, new concept to keep the fan-favorite character fresh.
Forge – Welcome back.
Domino – Always welcome. I love her in Brian Wood’s X-Men book right now.
Dr. Nemesis – I love this arrogant egomaniac! I welcome Cable’s comeback just to see him punch this guy!
Salvador Larroca – he could draw the phone book and I’d love it!