Cable #12 Provides the Time-Traveling Hero a Fitting Conclusion
Sam Stone
After launching in 2020 as part of the X-Men line's Dawn of X publishing initiative, the current volume of Cable has come to an end. Longtime collaborators Gerry Duggan and Phil Noto have closed out their 12-issue story that reinvents Nate Summers' younger iteration as a man thriving on the mutant nation-state of Krakoa with plenty of cosmic action and adventure along the way. In the final issue of Duggan and Noto's run, the saga of Kid Cable comes to an appropriately epic finish that ties up much of the plot threads the creative team had woven in over the course of their run, including a nod right back to their opening story arc.
Since the start of the series, Cable has been drawn into the search for a missing mutant child. He leaves his idyllic life on Krakoa to launch an investigation into the outside world. This mystery comes to a fitting close as Kid Cable teams up with several familiar faces to take on one of the biggest villains the X-Men have ever known. And in order to survive the experience and find the child, Cable will have to turn to an unlikely ally as time paradoxes converge and the fate of Krakoa and the wider the Marvel Universe now falls into Kid Cable's hands.
Cable Stryfe Death 1
Cable Stryfe Death 1
One thing that has always been evident about this Cable run has been the sly wit of Duggan's writing. This isn't the gruff, older iteration of the character that has long run around the Marvel Universe. Rather, it's a rambunctious, 20-something that has a sense of self-awareness about him. The stakes are cosmically high but Duggan has kept the tone relatively lightweight, buoyed by a freewheeling approach that isn't afraid to acknowledge how wild and wacky the Marvel Universe can get -- especially in comparison to the level of seriousness present in other Dawn of X titles. And all this is done without compromising Kid Cable as a character himself. Nate finding his place in the world has always been the emotional core of the series.
In Noto, Duggan continues to find a strong collaborative partner. Cable #12's artwork gives a degree of visual consistency that so many extended runs in comics sorely lack. A lot of the fun that informs and permeates through Cable is largely thanks to Noto's work, and that remains as true in the final issue of the volume as it did in the first. The action set pieces in Cable #12 remain just as gripping as ever. Noto delivers everything from grounding emotional sequences to unabashed cosmic scenes with equal aplomb, leaning into a warmer color palette that helps keep the proceedings inviting and accessible to readers.
The final issue of Cable provides a natural conclusion to Duggan and Noto's story while leaving readers hoping for more someday. This volume was a fun take on a character that historically has come off as unfailingly gruff and stern. While staying within the reinventive lines of Dawn of X, Cable was the funniest title in the line and one that steadily built stakes. It explored the time-bending side of the X-Men mythos to great effect and served as a strong reminder that comics should be fun even if the stakes are earth-shatteringly high.