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Cable and Deadpool #40

May 15, 2007

Quick Rating: Good
Title: Fractured Part One
Rating: T+

As Cable’s war with the Hecatomb continues, Deadpool considers his next move.

Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Pencils: Reilly Brown
Inks: Jeremy Freeman
Colors: Gotham
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Editor: Nicole Boose
Cover Art: Skottie Young
Publisher: Marvel Comics

After so many issues with virtually no Cable at all, this issue does a complete 180, reducing Deadpool to the recap page and a dream sequence, while the bulk of the issue deals with Cable’s battle against the invading Hecatomb on Providence Island.

Your enjoyment of this book will depend on a few things: which of these characters you’re interested in and whether you’re reading current issues of Uncanny X-Men, where the Hecatomb storyline is currently running. Out of the two, I find Deadpool the more interesting character, and while I’ve followed Uncanny, I haven’t particularly enjoyed the story, so it’s hard to really feel much enthusiasm for this issue. Still, there’s good stuff here. Cable’s self-examination, particularly the way different facets of his subconscious manifest themselves, is pretty interesting and says a good bit about the character. For the most part, though, the issue reads as a sidebar to Uncanny X-Men, and it will be of most interest to readers of that issue.

Brown and Freeman’s artwork isn’t too bad. The inks are a little heavy, but the storytelling is strong and the visuals on the Hecatomb work quite well.

This book, overall, feels a bit like an editorial-driven issue, like the Cable story had to be addressed since it’s so important in the other book, but Nicieza gives us a decent story despite that. It just isn’t as good as this book can be.

Rating: 7/10

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