Writer: Duane Swierczynski
Artist: Ariel Olivetti
I've never been into Cable. Even when I thought he was cool at times( Mike Carey's run on X-Men comes to mind), I never got into him. Enter Cable vol. 1 : Messiah War which is the beginning of a new direction for the character after the X-Men crossover known as Messiah Complex. After given this read I found that...well....
Cable is traveling through time with a child that may be the savior or the downfall of mutants. Believing that the child will be a savior for mutants, Cable has made it his mission to protect her at all costs. A former ally is also after the child. Former X-Man Bishop believes the child will lead to a terrible future is out to kill the child. Their battleground - New Jersey in 2043.
I got to start off by saying that Swierczynski's writing is entertaining. The dialogue flows nicely and all of the plot elements are handle well, for the most part. There is one scene that I won't spoil, but after reading it I was a bit confused. The one thing that I didn't get from his writing was a real attachment to the characters. This may be because I've jumped on early while the series is going, which could've affected my reading experience.
With that in mind, I must say that the weakest part of this collection is the art. When Olivetti depicts the characters they look good. The main problem is with the handling of the story's props. At best, they look halfway decent. At worst, they look like computer generated models from the 90's. If the background elements were hand-drawn, I'd imagine that they'd look better than their computer generated counterparts.
At the end of the day, I was entertained by the story. If the art was better, then I can see myself getting a bit more excited about what happens on Cable's journey. Still, if you're a fan of Cable I suggest you give this a look.
6.5* out of 10*