Review Cable and X-Force #4 “We Failed Them”

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Synopsis

In the present, authorities have locked in on the hideout. Only Cable and his crew know how to make a quick exit. In the past, Cable and Dr. Nemesis find the Eat-More Processing Planet already contaminated and Colossus under attack by the mutated employees. Attempts to subdue the deformed creatures without killing them is getting tricky. As Domino arrives to join the mission, Dr. Nemesis has to work fast to find a cure before everything goes from bad to worse. And if it does, they just may have to resort to a last option that no one likes.

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Review

Writer Dennis Hopeless has done a very good job of placing Cable and his crew in a no-win situation. With this issue, he clears up some questions that were asked over the last three issues. He also makes the outlook for the team that much darker than previously implied, creating a very dramatic story that readers just might buy into. A great moment that I really like is when the group ends up having to make a tough decision over the objections of Colossus. With no time left, they make their choice and the consequences are worse than they may have expected. It’s enough to make even Cable seem afraid of what is going to happen from this point on.

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Salvador Larroca is an illustrator I admire a great deal. He makes each panel beautiful to look at regardless of what is going down. Take what happens to a mutated employee Dr. Nemesis tries to cure. When it backfires, it looks absolutely horrific, and yet there’s something appealing to its appearance. I haven’t been necessarily a fan of the way Frank D’armata has been coloring the book, as I’ve felt he makes the drawings look flat. This issue is different as it does a fine job of making each page look so clean and vibrant. I imagine his work comes out much better when the scene is set in shadows like the majority of this issue is.

Cable and X-Force is slowly turning into a better book than it did in the beginning. The pace is picking up and the narrative is easier to follow. Dennis Hopeless has done a fine job of developing a tale that is intriguing and trilling. Salvador Larroca continues to draw some amazing artwork that is appealing to look at. I’m actually going to recommend this to readers, particularly those who have stuck with it from the start. Furthermore, I think this issue is good enough for new readers to jump in and like enough that it would entice them to go back and read the previous three.

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