Cable and X-Force #1
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Cable and X-Force #1

Writer: Dennis Hopeless Artist: Salvador Larroca Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 12, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 23
6.6Critic Rating
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Cable is back! NOW! with a new X-Force at his side, he must tackle the threats that nobody else can know about. But just who are Cable's new recruits, and why is his team public enemy number one? Caught red-handed at the scene of a terrorist attack on a major American corporation whose CEO has expressed anti-mutant views, the X-Force is the run, with none other than the Uncanny Avengers in hot pursuit.

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee Dec 12, 2012

    It’s a strong intro issue and has already left us with the first piece of conflict (but was good enough to save it until the very end), ready to pick up the next issue. Ultimately a great read for any Cable fan (and who doesn’t like Cable?). Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - mcknight57 Dec 17, 2012

    Overall, this is a good issue, so it gets 4/5. It's a much better start than I expected, but it could have used a little more work. I'm just hoping the Dr. Nemesis we see on the cover shows up more in the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Addicts - Akshay Dhar Dec 20, 2012

    Overall, if you are an X-Force junkie like me and looking for more fixes, this shows promise and hopefully it's sister series starring Psylock and her X-Force squad will be as good if not better. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Feb 26, 2013

    A very good start, and this series shows a lot of promise. I would highly recommend this issue as fans of all the characters, bar maybe Colossus (as he doesn't appear much in this issue) will enjoy this issue, and new readers will also grow to love the characters after reading this issue. There is still room for improvement but I have high hopes that this series will improve in the next few issues, and hope I'm not disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Roman Colombo Dec 19, 2012

    Vibrant art, vibrant writing. That's the best way to describe Cable and X-Force. There is a lot of dynamic here that Larroca, Hopeless, and D'Armata bring to the comic, but this doesn't mean that it's a perfect book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Dec 11, 2012

    CABLE AND X-FORCE is a book that is definitely going on my pull list. Out of all the Marvel Now books I've read thus far, this one is a close second to ALL NEW X-MEN. I've always been a Cable fan, and a Summers family fan in general, so I was pleased with how this issue turned out. I really enjoyed Larroca's are here, especially a few of the splash pages. While I loved the characters on this team, I was a tad bummed it focused mainly on Cable and not the other members of the team. In addition, Havok's body looked so jacked that I'm just waiting for an issue of him working out because that seems to be the only thing he does.Overall, I was incredibly pleased with this first issue and I would highly recommend it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Dec 12, 2012

    It's not Rick Remender's book by any means, but this hearkens back to the origins of X-Force with the big freaky-eyed tactician doing mysterious things and people just glomming into him as he goes about taking care of business. I'm looking forward to finding out the Colossus angle before I offer any final judgment on Cable and X-Force, and in the interim, I hope to hear some entertaining science-bickering between Forge and Nemesis. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Tommy Lutz Dec 12, 2012

    Cable and X-Force #1 delivers a great story, tying in with the many other events going on in the Marvel Universe. The incorporation of Hope and Cable adds a very emotional mood to the comic, while being balanced by the sheer badness of the remaining characters. The tie in with Uncanny Avengers is also a welcomed development, and should make for an interesting tie in on the other end. All in all this is a good read for fans of these characters, and ties in well for the Marvel NOW! junky. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Super Hero Hype - Spencer Perry Dec 12, 2012

    Cable and X-Force is a unique comic because it has the heroes becoming the 'bad guys.' New readers shouldn't worry about not being able to understand it, because it's fitted perfectly for newcomers though they may not fully appreciate the characters if they don't know their histories. Hopeless has a great team in this series in both the characters and his artist. This comic is interesting because it doesn't sound or look like anything else Marvel is doing. If you're looking for comics with superheroes that don't exactly feel like superhero comics you can do better, but there's a charm this one has that you won't find anywhere else. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 15, 2012

    Hopefully future issues will clear things up - but since Cable's stock in trade is to be a mysterious figure, I'm not expecting much. I'm going to pass on this one. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Following The Nerd - Christopher Williams Dec 15, 2012

    Larroca delivers some nice art in this premier issue; every panel drawn helps to deliver the story, with nothing wasted and no filler panels just to fill out the page. A standout was the facial expressions, which were expertly done and really helped to sell the mood of the script, especially the scenes between Cable and Havok. Overall I really liked this book and where it's headed. I was hoping for a little bit more, but I was in no way disappointed with what I got. Here's to hoping that Cable & X-Force can develop into a strong book that keeps my favorite time hopping mutant relevant in the MarvelNOW! Universe. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Dec 16, 2012

    This comic was... okay, I guess.  It never really did anything for me.  I'm not a big fan of any of the characters(sure, I thought Cable was cool as a kid, but then I grew up), and I downright hate Hope.  Why couldn't SHE be getting killed off in Avengers Arena?!  Hope is such an empty, uninteresting character...  She was brought around for ONE reason(the idiotic Mutant Messiah!!!! thing) but that's over now, so can't she crawl under a rock and die now?  Other than that, this comic just was.  It wasn't awful, it wasn't great, it didn't leave me psyched for the next issue, it was just a way to spend 5 minutes or so.  Eh, hopefully we ditch Hope, add Colossus and get a good story going here. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Dec 11, 2012

    Just to pick at one more thing, was there a mandate for Marvel NOW! that every protagonist needs to have a mysterious life-threatening illness? Between Beast in All-New X-Men, Reed Richards in Fantastic Four, and now Cable with his debilitating headaches, it's getting a little-- Argh! Can't... breathe... Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Meylikhov Dec 13, 2012

    “Cable and X-Force” is a bit of a let down, but not in any particularly offensive ways. While the issue could've done with a tighter explanation of its purpose and plot overall, what Hopeless makes clear with the issue is that he's not phoning it in or throwing things at the wall to see what might stick. It's just a matter of having the title stand out against the crowd, and given how many books Marvel puts out a month with double-shipping and the sheer amount of #1s being thrown at people, “Cable and X-Force” isn't a title likely to impress readers over perhaps anything else. It's a shame, and Hopeless and Larocca can certainly deliver over time, but if you're looking to be wowed immediately like some other Marvel NOW! books have done, you've come to the wrong place. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Marcell Dec 13, 2012

    Cable & X-Force is nothing spectacular like other NOW! offerings, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's bad, just average. The first issue does it's job well enough, setting up most of the team, and having a decent enough end where you want to pick up the second issue. Even with the little plot inconsistencies. If you are a fan of the characters, i suggest it, newer fans made need a bit more to latch on to though. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 15, 2012

    Like I said up above, this issue fails because it just doesn't have anything that really captures the reader. There's nothing to make this issue stand out as something new and different in the X-Men family. I like that idea that Cable and his team are fugitives, but all we get of that is the short prologue at the beginning, which then doesn't connect to anything later in the book. The rest of it is just everybody kind of coming together around Cable, and then a tease of the Phalanx. Yawn. This book just doesn't have anything going for it. The team members look like a good group, and I dig their color scheme, and I'm very slightly interested to see where it goes from here. But Hopeless should have given us a lot more than he did. The threat of the Phalanx or any other super-villain is not enough of a hook. Every single superhero comic deals with the threat of some sort of villain. What makes Cable and X-Force different from every other book? Absolutely nothing. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Dec 14, 2012

    I liked this book because it was fun. It tried like a mother fucker to make me dislike it and if it continues with the same faults I can't say I’ll stick with it for long. It’s pretty clear that Hopeless has an end game in mind which leaves me wondering what the next big plot line will be after this? Eventually, X-Force will clear their name like they always do and go back to being just a normal team. Hopefully this isn’t just a short sighted re-launch because the combination of characters is very interesting, but to continue to be interesting they need to be solving larger problems not just reacting to situations. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Edward Kaye Dec 13, 2012

    Salvador Larroca's artwork is the best it's looked in a long time, with him returning to a more traditional cartooning style rather than the unsettling photo-tracing he had been employing on Invincible Iron Man. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Booked - Matt Watson Dec 13, 2012

    So, Cable and X-Force. A promising start, but Id have liked to have seen a bit more of the big picture. But I guess you cant have everything right away, right? Still, I liked it enough thatll Ill be checking out issue #2, and since its a relatively quiet week for Marvel, you could do much worse. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - George Chimples Dec 18, 2012

    I liked Cable and X-Force, in spite of some of its flaws. If there is good character interactions, I can forgive a lot of other problems, and Hopeless wrote these characters well. If he can develop a central plot that is as engaging as its cast, this book might be a winner. As it stands, I'll stick around a few issues and see how it pans out. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Dec 12, 2012

    It's a darn good thing the double-shipping pattern gives us the next issue coming out next week (undoubtedly the oddest double-shipping assignment ever) as "Cable and X-Force" #1 feels like an incomplete thought. When I was a kid, there were things called double-sized premiere issues. This comic would have been much better served and more enticing than shelling out six bucks for forty pages, especially when the first twenty are little more than a tease. Sure, that might reduce profit margins a bit, but it would also reduce printing costs and also ensure that fans get a more explosive debut issue. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Dec 12, 2012

    Cable and X-Force is now the second 'Marvel NOW!' series that has seriously let me down (I'm looking at you, Deadpool). In general, everything Hopeless strives for falls flat and it's extremely disconcerting. Not very often do I find myself pausing while reading to reflect on how bad something is. Instead of giving readers a fun, intense, action-packed book with awesome characters, Dennis Hopeless wrote a first chapter completely shrouded in thick, unnecessary plot that's metaphorically giving readers a snarky smile to show that it knows more than we do. What a jackass. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Dec 11, 2012

    Cable and X-Force had the odds stacked against it from the get-go, with an unfamiliar writer on the masthead to the C-list X-Men characters populating the book (not to mention a second X-Force book on the docket from Sam Humphries and Ron Garney), but the mismatch with the creative team really dooms this book from the outset. There's nothing to bring us up to speed on this team, other than the fact that somebody wants to put a team together, and the artwork " particularly with those gross orange jumpsuits " doesn't make you want to stick around to find out. Hopeless can write a decent script, as Avengers Arena can attest, but Cable and X-Force is already in need of a new direction, stat. Read Full Review

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