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Cable #3 annotations

Posted on Saturday, August 22, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

CABLE vol 4 #3
“Ace in the Pouch”
by Gerry Duggan & Phil Noto

COVER / PAGE 1. Cable, with Deadpool behind him. The older Cable costarred with Deadpool in a series for several years, and they were odd-couple friends.

PAGES 2-4. Cable remembers killing his older self.

This is a flashback to Extermination #1. The older Cable’s telepathic line was not in the original scene, and fits in between pages 24-25 of the original story. The flashback version also tones down Kid Cable’s original dialogue, which was “Cable, you’re relieved of your duty. Old fool – you really should have seen that coming.”

PAGES 5-6. Credits and recap. The description of Esme as “one-fifth of [Cable’s] girlfriends” glosses over the fact that one of the Cuckoos is seeing Kid Omega, something that was alluded to in passing last issue, and shown in X-Force.

PAGES 7-13. Cable and Esme confront the Spaceknights in the Arctic.

“They’re cyborgs with living brains…” In Rom, the Spaceknights were Galadorian people who had volunteered to be turned into cyborgs in order to fight the Dire Wraiths. Rom himself was restored to his original body in the final issue.

“They just discovered that their planet was destroyed while they were hibernating.” In Infinity #1 (a Jonathan Hickman story), where Galador was destroyed by the Builders. In fact, the recent Yondu miniseries revealed that the planet still exists and that a handful of survivors are trying to rebuild civilisation there. But that’s being kept a secret, so this isn’t a continuity error.

PAGE 14. Cable, Esme and the Spaceknights visit the older Cable’s grave, and find the body stolen.

PAGES 15-20. Cable & co go to Staten Island to see Deadpool and find the body.

Deadpool became the king of monsters, and claimed Staten Island for their home, at the start of his current series.

“You killed my future self like a month before I did.” In the “Deadpool Kills Cable” arc from Despicable Deadpool #287-291.

Benny Hill (1924-1992) was one of British television’s top comedians for decades – his show ran from 1955 to 1989. His best remembered material tends to be his more repetitive later years, but he started off as a pioneer of television as a comedy medium. His grave was indeed broken into shortly after his burial, apparently prompted by newspaper reports that he had been buried with jewels.

PAGES 21-22. Data pages. Cable writes to Deadpool, asking him to keep his body and his prosthetic arm away from his arch-enemy Stryfe in the event of his death. Deadpool agrees (in his own inimicable style).

Stryfe, if you don’t know, is a clone of Cable from the future timeline where he grew up. As Cable says, he’s basically identical but doesn’t have the network of allies that Cable can draw on.

PAGES 23-25. The Order of X receive delivery of the stolen baby.

This is the child of Stinger and Omerta, who was kidnapped last issue. The Order of X have previously shown up in other titles, as one of a number of mutant-worshipping cults who sprung up after Professor X’s telepathic address to the world. It’s been implied in Marauders that they’re people whose minds were somehow damaged or altered by the address.

PAGES 26-27. Trailers. The Krakoan reads NEXT: TIME TRAVEL.

Bring on the comments

  1. SanityOrMadness says:

    Who’s the OoX guy in the last panel meant to be? It’s framed like a reveal, and he has the Hickman ›‹ as a brand rather than the basic X-slashes of his acolytes… but I have no idea who it might be.

  2. Paul says:

    I don’t think it’s anyone in particular that we’ve seen before.

  3. Joseph S. says:

    I think I like Duggan’s voice for Kid Cable here, and will run with this Space Knight thing for now. But this whole time machine in the arm thing is too much. There was a whole story about Hope (and Jean?) going out of there way to make sure that none of Cable’s tech, especially his time machine, would fall into the wrong hands. (A plot that already made no sense given that we’ve seen many instances of Cable, including in his solo series immediately prior to Extermination) using these safe houses in many different future timelines, which implied they need to be there for that past-future version of Cable.) So they then just buried it clearly marked and unguarded? And anyway if they have a time machine (especially Hope) why not just go save Old Man Cable (aside from plot purposes)?

  4. CJ says:

    I’m probably totally wrong about this, but I totally assumed the guy at the end was supposed to be Stryfe, because 1) he was curiously brought up during the issue, 2) he ironically would now have a network of allies, with Order of X, and 3) a stretch, but the reveal would call back to the Stryfe reveal at the end of New Mutants #100.

    But yeah, there’s no 90s helmet or glowing eye. Just seemed like a big reveal that should’ve been someone we recognized.

  5. neutrino says:

    Stryfe is definitely not the same as Cable. He was never infected with the T-O virus, so he has the Omega level telekinesis and telepathy that Cable would have. He’s as powerful as X-Man.

  6. Luis Dantas says:

    Maybe it _is_ X-Man?

  7. Karl_H says:

    Wait, how do we know that Kid Cable isn’t just Kid Stryfe somehow?

  8. Allan M says:

    Kid Stryfe showed up in Ed Brisson’s X-Force run, at the end of which he was stuck in a prison cell in the future with his powers blocked, and then had his memories wiped.

    The guy at the end of this issue doesn’t look anything like him – he had longish brown hair under the helmet, and obviously looks identical to Teen Cable otherwise, minus the techno-organic bits.

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