Death in comics is a revolving door, but some characters still get a big sendoff…and it looks like Extermination casualty Cable is one of those.
The character’s death last month took fans by surprise — by design — and his daughter (as well as the creative team behind his solo comic) are celebrating the life of Marvel’s time-traveling mutant in comics this December…with a little help from an X-Men legend.
X-Men: The Exterminated will deal with the fallout from the event, and Cable’s death. In the story, Cable’s adopted daughter Hope Summers is attempting to deal with her loss – but a dark and terrifying path beckons her, and the X-Men’s own Jean Grey may be her only hope for survival.
This December, Cable creative team Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler re-team for a special one-shot to say good-bye to the time-traveling, fan-favorite mutant – featuring covers by Geoff Shaw and a special back-up story that celebrates the life of Nathan Summers, from legendary X-Men series writer Chris Claremont!
“This issue is our chance to say a proper farewell to Cable, to honor his legacy, and to really see the immense impact the time travelling mutant had on those closest to him,” said Nadler. “Most importantly, it’s about how the Summers family copes with grief, and the difficulty of forging ahead. The issue is packed with fan favorite X-Men from all different eras, and we’re super excited to be bringing them together, despite the somber occasion.”
Time travel was Cable’s beginning…and his end. In Extermination, he found himself pinned down and fighting for his life alongside Iceman, pursued by a hooded maniac who wanted to get his hands on the time-displaced classic X-Men who have been stranded in Marvel’s present day for years.
Ultimately, the fight came down to Cable and the hooded figure, who murdered him in cold blood before revealing himself to be…well…Cable. A younger verison of himself that was apparently so determined to carry out his mission that a form of time-delayed suicide did not bother him much.