Given Marvel’s tease yesterday promoting their live-blog scheduled for earlier today, fans were left salivating for some major news, the kind of news that would rock the Marvel Universe to the core. Playing it as cryptically as possible, Marvel revealed just a teaser image and instructions to tune into Marvel.com. Today, by the end of that live-blog, we discover what Marvel is so excited about.
The news, titled Avengers: X-Sanction, concerns an idea that first debuted at San Diego Comic Con back in July, the storyline first known as Cable Reborn. Writer Jeph Loeb (Batman: The Long Halloween, Spider-Man: Blue) and illustrator Ed McGuinness (Superman/Batman, Captain America) will create a four-issue limited series featuring the mutant from the future. Beginning in December, Avengers: X-Sanction will show Cable taking on the Avengers in a story that, in Loeb’s own words, “may cause its own Schism.”
Last seen in Second Coming, when he apparently died trying to protect his “daughter” and protégé, Hope, Loeb and McGuinness are light on details concerning the return of Cable, but go heavy on the promises of what’s to come. To quote Loeb:
“What Cable is up to is not something that can be done quietly. It will raise the interest of some pretty important people and leaders in the X-Men community will have to step in at some point in the storyline.”
Loeb also promises that Avengers: X-Sanction will have ties to other X-Men storylines, such as Schism and Generation Hope, but will be a springboard for what’s coming up in 2012.
Even Executive Editor and Senior Vice President of Publishing Tom Brevoort chimed in on why the return of Cable will be a milestone for the X-Men, the Avengers, and the Marvel Universe itself.
“This story puts Cable in a situation where he’s surrounded by and dealing with characters he doesn’t normally. It’s not just another story with Cable and the X-Men.”
“The idea of Cable as a man out to protect his daughter by any means necessary gives the character an emotional heft and underlines everything he does. It’s richly fulfilling.”
It’s not the first time a character has returned from the dead in the Marvel Universe, but it may be the first time Marvel has promised that the character’s return will affect most of their flagship super-teams. I’m not yet sold on just how important this will be in the long run, but I am curious to see how Loeb and McGuinness will handle things.