Cable Issue 152 (The Newer Mutants Chapter 3)
Written by Ed Brisson
Art by Jon Malin
Lettered by VC’s Travis Lanham
What you need to know:
After Chandra’s death, Cable created two teams to go into the past and investigate who is killing the externals. Selene, who is also on this mission, clashes with Cable and his team. She brings Blink back to life after she was lost when the Phalanx tried to invade Earth. Shatterstar’s team went to see Saul, but who exactly is the murderer? How are they capable of murdering the externals?
What just happened?
The scene opens with an X-man Blackbird soaring through the skies. Inside, Doop Hisako, and Cabe are on the way to their mission. Hisako expresses her surprise that the X-men let Cable have the jet for this. He explains that they owe him favors, and she jokes saying it must help that Cyclops is his father. It’s weird that he’s decades older than his dad, and I’m sure every fan has had that thought sometimes. They arrive at Orkhon valley, where they see team two, which comprises of Shatterstar, X-23, and a defeated looking Longshot.
Longshot tells his leader that Saul is dead, and Selene had turned up nearby. However, there’s no evidence that she killed Saul, despite how it appeared. Blink suddenly appears, and Longshot tells him that she’s different, as she doesn’t recognize him from their time in the Exiles team. Is this part of Selene’s plan to achieve her agenda? What is she hiding? Nathan doubts this is the case, as he believes Selene isn’t the type to help anyone else. Shatterstar questions his mentor about the murders of the Externals to no avail. There’s no information to be had there.
X-23 shares her view which is in fact the butterfly effect, Cable may not have any love for the externals but that’s not the way things are done as the black bird lifts off.
They land in the black canyon of the Gunnison,Colorado in between what appears to be huge mountains. Doop chases a butterfly. Note this, as it seems important. Ophrah Industries building was in this location, and it appears to be the only thing left standing. The entrance is a massive round vault door, which opens on its own. Suspicious. Nathan Summers is welcomed by the Eve, the AI, who is Gideon’s assistant. Eve informs cable that they met while she was human, but she was forced to transfer her consciousness to this form. She will take them to see Master Gideon in his current condition. X-23 spots bodies being kept in status pods, and Eve assures her that the Telepaths and Telekinetics are quite powerful. That’s how she knew they were coming and the reasoning behind it.
We see Gideon being kept in a status pod and has not moved since Selene tried to kill him a decade ago, Cable’s team is the first visitors since then as well and it was foretold they would come. Their being there may affect the investers of Ophrah Industries. He questions her, since as far as they knew, there had not been a transaction since Selene’s involvement that left Gideon in a pod. Eve shushed him, saying it was a secret. Doop wants to kill him, but Longshot says that’s not what they do, and he should know better. Doop touches something he shouldn’t, and Gideon’s pod falls to the ground while alarms sound.
Selene and her team find Burke deceased in the same way Saul was, and Selene expresses her confusion. Why can’t the Externals read when another one of them is in danger? Is the killer somehow blocking them? Selene orders the cabin to be burned behind them. Meanwhile, back with the others, Adam arrives, and he is much larger than Eve. He’s prepared to fire, and commands the visitors to leave since they have their answers, or not at all. Eve says it’s not necessary.
Gideon is reborn. Wait, what? Cable is commanded to leave by Gideon, but instead, Cable points his gun and says that he can’t do that. The Externals can’t keep dying. Gideon asks why does he get to decide? Gideon comes back in time to kill the same Externals who wish to wipe out the Mutants. However, he is not able to return to the times the X-men go back to, and change the course of the future entirely.
Holster your weapons and it appears Gideon is reborn, he tells Cable they are outmanned and to leave. Cable points his gun and tells him he cannot do that and the externals are not meant to be dying, Gideon questions him saying why does he get to decide?
Out in the corridor something worse lurks… This time traveling adventure is brilliantly bringing together a team, and this is unexpected and interesting to me. They mystery surrounding the plot of the Externals’ deaths is really cool, and I love reading anything with Selene in it. I feel like this could have potential for a long-term arc including her and her team. The art is crisp, with plenty of story and action to keep Cable’s series growing on me.