"The Burnt Offering Part Three: When the Whip Comes Down"
Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Artists: Patrick Zircher (p), UDON's Rob Ross & M3TH (i)
Publisher: D.C. Comics
As the X-Men, plus Deadpool, press the attack against Cable, the X-Men quickly discover that Deadpool is not a trustworthy ally, as when it comes time for Wade to perform his heroic act, he joins forces with Cable. As the X-Men come to realize that they are now fighting a battle they have no hope of winning, we see the call goes out for plan B to begin, and the second wave is considerably more impressive.
Now I'm still not convinced that Deadpool has joined forces with Cable, as one of the easiest way for him to earn Cable's trust is to seemingly betrayed the X-Men, and since Cable doesn't look to be able to read Deadpool's mind, there's a very real chance that once Cable decides Deadpool is the ideal person to watch his back, he's going to find a knife buried in his back. Still, given this series is largely dependant on this odd partnership one has to imagine that if Deadpool is the person who knocks Cable off his pedestal, chances are they're not going to be on friendly terms when the dust settles from this arc. This issue also benefits from a great cliffhanger moment, and I have to say out of all the heavy hitters that could be brought forward to do battle against Cable, this character is one of the more unexpected choices. However, I can't deny that final page certainly caught my full attention, and I can't wait to get my hands on the next chapter. Now the two-page interview sequence with Cable wasn't nearly as engaging as the previous issues, as it seems like an effort was being made to give Cable a less confrontational attitude, but this "don't worry, be happy" persona worked against the overall dramatic tone of the topic the two characters were discussing. Still, one has to love Deadpool's nightmare inducing use of the Marvel Girl costume, and Cable final conversation with Deadpool was a very intriguing exchange, as Cable essentially admits that his grand plan is doomed to fail.
The art on this series is really quite impressive, as Patrick Zircher brings an impressive level of detail to the table, while the UDON Studios serve to smooth any rough edges. The art certainly does a solid job when it come to its delivery of the fairly large scale action, from the explosive attack that is made by S.H.I.E.L.D. in the opening pages, to scene where Cable reveals that two-thirds of the Six Pack are now his allies. I also have to give the art credit for it's delivery of the X-Men's powers, from Iceman's ice bridges, to Cyclop's optic blasts. The grandiose arrival of plan B in the final pages was also a memorable visual to carry readers into the next issue. The art also manages to do an impressive job of selling the visual gags from Deadpool's arrival in the Marvel Girl costume, to Rachel reaction shot when Deadpool decides to change his costume in front of her.
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