Comic Rewind: X-Force/Cable: Messiah War


Cable was tasked with protecting the future of mutant kind. However, find out why it is not an easy task in X-Force/Cable: Messiah War.

After the events of House of M when Scarlet Witch cut the mutant population from millions to less than 200.  The mutant population was in serious danger of dying out. However, just when things were at the darkest, hope was born.

Hope Summers was the first mutant born after M-Day and from the moment of her birth she was hunted.  She is destined to either save mutant kind or destroy it forever. Cyclops give the task of protecting this baby to his son from the future, Cable.  Cable took the baby into the future because not all mutants want to see her live.

Fellow future dude, Bishop, saw in his future that she will destroy mutant kind.  He is hell-bent of killing her and saving the future. Cable and Hope have been running and jumping forward in time for years to escape Bishop.  However, something is wrong with Cable’s time travel device because he can only go into the future and not the past.

Cyclops knew something was wrong with Cable and Hope right away.  The pair should have been gone a few minutes and returned with an adult Hope.  Beast was able to track Cable through time and gave Cyclops seven time devices to jump into the future and find Cable.

Cyclops gave the devices to his X-Force team made up of Wolverine, Domino, Warpath, Elixir, Archangel, X-23 and Vanisher.  They arrive in the future and are on a mission to find and help Cable and Hope. However, they are joined by an unexpected eighth member, Deadpool.

Cable is not the only one who is getting a little help.  Bishop has recruited Cable’s literal evil clone, Stryfe. Stryfe was promised two things to get his help.  First is a chance to kill Cable and the second is a chance to kill Apocalypse. All the players are in place for an epic game of cat and mouse with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.

X-Force/Cable: Messiah War was written by Duane Swierczynski, Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost.  Art was provided by Michael Choi, Clayton Crain and Ariel Olivetti. Marvel comics published the volume in 2009.

I thought it would be a good idea with the release of Deadpool 2 to do a Deadpool or Cable or X-Force comic review.  However, oh boy did I get lucky because this has all three.

This was a pretty good comic.  I really liked the Terminator kind of feel with a child savior being hunted through time.  It was also really cool to see such a gruff character like Cable have to show a soft side with Hope.

Example Of Hope’s Strange Proportions

The story kept me engaged the entire time.  I was also really bummed when I finished the story just to find out it was not over. There looks to be three more volumes before the Cable and Hope story concludes. I am going to read those real soon because I really liked this story and their interaction.

A huge problem for me in this volume is the art.  First of all the artist changes a few times and they all have very different styles.  It is a longer volume and is made up of two different comics so I can accept that. However, most of the volume is done by Olivetti.  His style is a painted style similar to Esad Ribic.  

I like that painted style and you don’t see it all that often.  However, the problem is Olivetti doesn’t know how to do children.  Hope looks absolutely awful. She looks like a little person in this comic.  If I didn’t know better I would have thought she was and not a little girl. It took me a while to figure out why I thought that, but it is her head.  She has a head the size of an adult’s.

Another problem which arose from this is the other artist had to also give her a big old head to keep the character design the same.

This was a really good comic.  However, the art really marked it down a lot.  The other characters were fine. I actually like the other character designs, but Hope looked awful.


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