"If Looks Could Kill, Part Six: I've Got You Under My Skin"
Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Artists: Patrick Zircher (p), Rob Ross & M3th of UDON (i)
Publisher: Marvel Comics
As Cable continues his impression of a power mad despot with visions of world domination racing through his head, we see the situation becomes a little more complicated when he discovers he's genetically linked to Deadpool. However, we soon discover Cable's plans for the Facade virus were less ominous than we had been lead to believe.
Overly complicated seems to be a recurring compliant that I find myself having with Fabian Nicieza's recent work, and this issue is particularly frustrating in that after taking the time to set up the idea that Cable had orchestrated events so that he would be in the driver seat when it came to controlling the Facade virus, the story has him wash his hands of the entire scheme in a reversal that is dumped on the readers so quickly that I was actually wary that this was simply another feint by the character. Instead it comes across as Fabian Nicieza deciding he had ridden this idea as far as he wanted to, and as such Cable suddenly remembers he's supposed to be a hero, so it wouldn't do to have him engaged in such a morally questionable manner.
The problem with this development is that I've never found Cable to be the slightest bit interesting, and yet I found myself genuinely engaged by the idea that he wasn't behaving like one would expect from a hero, which in turn left me disappointed when this interesting twist on the character was effectively jettisoned for more conventional behaviour. However, the one thing this issue does accomplish is to come up with a reason why Deadpool and Cable would continue to interact with each other, as while it does feel a bit like a plot contrivance, it does effectively remove the biggest stumbling block that this book had to overcome. There's also a nice character moment where we see the price that Deadpool paid when Cable returned everything back to status quo.
Patrick Zircher is a solid artist with a firm grasp on the fundamentals of good comic art, and this issue is well served by his art, as there's a plot development that could've been quite confusing when Cable discovers there's a price to be paid for his recent genetic intermingling with Deadpool, but the art does a fine job of keeping this bizarre development easy to follow. There's also some lovely big impact visuals as Cable reassembles his headquarters, and the establishing shot of the reassembled structure was also quite impressive. There's also a wonderfully intense sequence where Cable guns down an attacking Wade in front of the stunned Daily Bugle news staff.
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