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Subj: Re: Cable #154: Unsatisfying?
Posted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 at 01:11:22 pm EST (Viewed 97 times)
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Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 at 09:52:16 pm EST (Viewed 147 times)

    Well, isn't that convenient. Not to mention the oft-repeated oft-annoying fail for this Cable's character concept. The influence of Gideon (or lack thereof) over the next 13 years (or 'til 54th century) seems like it would've been a big thing to notice and not a little thing.

Cable says later in the issue that he was lying to distract Gideon.

    So, Cable can be the good guy and still use both barrels against an External since he can't kill them. Huh.

Does Cable have a no-kill rule? I know he did during the Cable & Deadpool days but he was trying to be a Messiah in that story line. Outside of that instance, I never detected a no-kill rule in Cable. Nor do I need him to have one. I'm fine with heroes who kill, which I guess makes them anti-heroes, so I guess I'm fine with anti-heroes.

    Hard to imagine but whatever if that's the plot device readers are limited to then wasn't it a little irreprehensible that the way Cable planned (all along?) was to traumatize Blink by provoking her to DECAPITATE the enemy?

She seems like she'll get over it. Especially since, according to Cable, Gideon won't stay dead. I think there was more going on here than Cable let on about. In another thread somewhere we were talking about characters who were archetypes. I see Cable as an archetype and a fascinating one. Loves ordinance, knows things due to time travel, master schemer, paternal, calm, ruthless - just absolutely a great character. In any case, the master schemer has something up his sleeve, I think. Why did he cause these young characters - Armor, Laura, Blink - to have these experiences? The answer to that question is the key to whatever long game he's playing.

    Remind me what Selene does with Blink during X-Necroshia?

Yes - I too would like to learn of that. In my case, it won't be reminding. I never knew.

    Were there not many introductory backissues of Armor trying to master the basics of her power compared to her high end group shield showing here?

Which means Cable has altered the time line. We can either take that as sloppy writing or we can take it as masterful scheming on the part of Cable. The latter is more fun and is available as an option, so I choose it. After all, the time line is already at least threatened if not broken due to the Original Five debacle.

    What was the point of that needlessly stretched out 2 page epilogue birth and eyeball close up?

I don't think we know. Speculation is, it was Gideon being reborn, an occurrence which apparently has no precedent in External lore, but maybe decapitation gums up the resurrection process. Energy can neither be created nor destroyed, so maybe the energy had to go somewhere, and maybe a newborn was convenient for some comic book laws of physics sort of reason.

    Was anyone else unsatisfied with this whole arc? Although, it does address some External danglers, eh.

I totally enjoyed this arc. The Liefeld-esque art was delightful to me. The cast of characters was fun. Cable was Cable - 'Nuff said - plus I learned about Externals and got to see a comic book homage to the Highlander mythos.

I wish Shatterstar was more popular. I would totally buy a Shatterstar comic.

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