Friday, March 11, 2016

Reader's Diary #1274- Fabian Nicieza (writer) and Patrick Zircher (artist): Cable and Deadpool: Volume 2, The Burnt Offering

I'd heard of Deadpool long before I'd heard of Cable, but then when (spoiler alert) Ryan Reynolds announced that Cable would be in the Deadpool sequel, I figured it was high time to do some research ("research" being reading comics). It turns out that I'd been wrong to think of Cable as Deadpool's sidekick.

In the power and abilities department, Cable is superior to Deadpool. He's telepathic, telekinetic, and has exhibited time-traveling abilities. He also has some sort of techno-organic virus which grants him super strength, vision, and more. Another surprising fact I learned? He's the son of X-Men Cyclops and Jean Grey's clone. Huh.

I wasn't expecting to, but I also learned a few extra things about Deadpool. In the movie Wade Wilson's personality is a bit messed up to begin with. The wise cracks that follow in the wake of the operation that left him with superhuman abilities don't seem vastly different. In this comic, however, they refer to Deadpool's erratic and unpredictable personality as being a direct result of that operation which also left his mental state in a permanent state of instability. Another thing about Deadpool in here is that he doesn't actually swear. Instead we get those comic symbolized swears. This is one of the reasons I never bought that the movie had to be R rated. The movie is great and obviously it worked, but I'm just saying they had more leniency than they let on. Bleeped could have been funny, too.

As for the relationship between Cable and Deadpool, that was lacking. I can't necessarily fault the writers on this, as I did jump into Volume #2, but for most of this book Deadpool spends more time with the X-Men than he does with Cable, so it's hard to get a sense of their dynamic. On the surface, it seems strange that there would be a dynamic as Deadpool comes across as a loner. That said, he also comes across as a nutcase while Cable as serious, and if the writer's can create a plausible reason for them to team up, such oddball pairings often reap great rewards.

The plot itself I flipped back and forth with on whether I was enjoying it or not. At one point it seemed as if this was another ethical dilemma tale about vigilantism. When I first started getting into superhero comics a few years back I found this angle fascinating and praised it for being appropriate for our times, but I've since grown weary of it as that's what they all seemed to be about, DC or Marvel. Good points and all, just done to death. Then when Cable planned to throw all of Earth's weapons into the sun, I recalled that being the plot of Superman 4, and well, I'm not sure that's the best material to be stealing from. Finally, when Cable revealed that he's been intentionally been trying to make himself a common enemy in an effort to unite the world the X-Men, SHIELD, the governments and militaries— I had to concede that the sum of all of these plots did create something more original than I'd been giving it credit.

That all said, it's very busy and probably not the most welcoming to comics newcomers. There's a slew of characters, and while I focused a lot on the messages above, make no mistake: this is about action first and foremost.

The art is fine. It's generic superhero stuff, but that gets a bit of a past as that's pretty much what the story is.

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