Review: As Luck Would Have It In ‘Cable’ #8

by Tony Thornley

One of the X-Men’s deadliest foes has returned, and it’s a personal mission for Nathan Summers. Naturally, that means that he needs some help, and who better to help than one of his oldest allies.

When Domino is involved, things always go her way. It’s her power and Cable is counting on it. It comes to us from Gerry Duggan, Phil Noto, and Joe Sabino.

Stryfe has returned, and besides Cable himself, no one is more experienced in hunting him than Domino. As the duo try to figure out their first steps, they head to Tokyo. Will they find what they’re looking for, or will bringing Domino along make the entire situation much more complicated?

After last issue’s darker turns, and the fantastic twists that came with them, Duggan opted for a light issue here, and really, it’s a good move. Though it’s still an action chase story, Neena and Nate’s relationship always makes for a great read, even with how different it is with young Cable versus grizzled Cable. Duggan’s tongue in cheek uses of Domino’s luck powers makes for some great storytelling, with him winking several times, knowing that the series of coincidences wouldn’t work for anyone but her.

I always like when Noto is a little looser in his work, and this issue is a great example of that. He uses a bit looser line than normal, allowing the figures on the page to flow and move more naturally. He also does a very good job of playing with point of view and layout to make the comedy work better, whether it’s a tight close-up in a small panel, or an upwards shot ending at a figure’s knees. He knows how to make Duggan’s script work, and the two of them together make this issue a success.

We might be nearing the end of Cable’s current adventure, and this story is a fitting way of telling it, mixing his past and future in some very fun ways.

Cable #8 is available now from Marvel Comics.


After a handful of darker issues, the creative team lets loose and has some fun.

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