In the wake of Extermination, the X-Men’s resident time-traveling giant gun-toting gruff warrior Cable is dead. With his killer on the loose, some old friends are not going to just accept that death.
They’re out for revenge.
As announced by Marvel, this December Cannonball, Domino, Warpath, Boom Boom, and Shatterstar are reuniting as a brand new volume of X-Force will debut from Extermination writer Ed Brisson and artist Dylan Burnett and a cover by Pepe Larraz. This team will be joined by Deathlok as they head out to hunt down Cable’s killer who happens to be an alternate younger time-traveling version of Cable.
“Within the Marvel Universe, the X-Men have always been the outsiders, the black sheep. And X-Force are the outsiders within the X-Men. They’re the team willing to do the things that no one else in the Marvel Universe will and that’s something that appeals to my sensibilities a great deal,” said Brisson. “Right now we have a couple of different things going on with X-Force. Coming out of EXTERMINATION, Domino, Shatterstar, Cannonball, and Warpath are reeling from the loss of their mentor and have unanswered questions. They’re on the hunt for this new Kid Cable to get those answers—some want his head, some just want to talk to him to find out what the hell is going on. Is this really their Cable? Is this an impostor? We’re going to learn more about Kid Cable and establish what sets him apart for the Cable that people know. We’re going to get into his history and have some really exciting stories cooking with a laundry list of X-Force villains. There are layers to be peeled back, but nothing is what it initially seems.”
With this new series, it marks the first time in quite a number of years that a portion of the original X-Force lineup is back together. Over the years there have been numerous titles, some of them shorter lived than others, bearing the X-Force name but the 90s version of characters still stands out to many including this creative team.
“X-force has always been the one X-team that stood out the most for me,” said Burnett. “A lot of my favorite mutants have belonged to it over the years (namely Cable and Psylocke) but being able to bring back the original lineup in a new way is a huge honor. They’re just a bunch of badasses. It’s dope. I’m stoked.”
“When X-Force first launched back in the ’90s, I was there, at the comic shop first thing on release day. I’d been reading NEW MUTANTS up until at that point and was a massive fan. X-FORCE was mind-blowing to 16-year-old me,” Brisson said. “There was something about seeing the New Mutants, students at the time, ‘graduating’ into their own team. It’s something that doesn’t happen often with X-kids.” And that longstanding love for X-FORCE is matched by a homegrown creative team, too: “Dylan and I have known each other for a few years and have been talking about working together for a while. We’re actually both originally from the same city—Oshawa, Ontario.”
X-Force #1 debuts in December.