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on October 13, 2014
Following his abysmal work on Wolverine, I didn't anticipate ever reading another competent--let alone good--Jeph Loeb comic book again. This volume, Avengers: X-Sanction, was billed as a kind of prequel to the Avengers vs. X-Men crossover from a few years back. It was in this context, and also because this features one of my favorite characters (Cable), that I decided to grit my teeth and bear reading this.

I was broadsided by the realization that this is actually a decent story. As I turned the pages, I kept expecting that Loeb would derail the whole enterprise on a whim, but by the time I finished issue #4, I gasped and concluded the following: Jeph Loeb has produced an average comic.

He has written a story that in fact has more to do with Cable than with the Avengers, one that hearkens back to Loeb's run on Cable's (now cancelled) title from the mid-1990s. Loeb reintroduces Blaquesmith, a face from that era that readers have not seen for quite some time. The vibe feels very retro, but Loeb's characterizations come across as organic. For all of my criticism, Loeb was a writer who really did "get" Cable--which should really come as no surprise since, after Fabian Nicieza, Loeb was one of the early architects in defining the character. Here Loeb incorporates his take on Cable with recent developments in the character's history--his "death" at the end of the Second Coming crossover, and his relationship with Hope, his "daughter" in recent years. In contrast to Loeb's work on Wolverine: Sabretooth Reborn, in which he showed absolutely no interest in explaining events or character developments (some of which Loeb himself introduced), in Avengers: X-Sanction the writer actually uses the circumstances of Cable's return from his apparent death as the springboard for events in the story, and he makes thematic connections between Cable's relationship with Hope to the very old plot detail of Cable having lost his son (Genesis). It's a refreshing acknowledgment of Cable's past, albeit playing out in the odd foreground of a story supposedly about the Avengers.

The story itself is largely composed of stock elements: characters acting questionably in order to avert a dystopian future, violent misunderstandings between other heroes, and guest stars galore. Loeb has especially become known for his tic of tossing around guest stars. In this case the "guest stars" aren't really guests at all--Loeb merely has several of the Avengers interact with Cable one (issue) at a time, focusing on each in isolation in a "gauntlet" type scenario. Captain America, Iron Man, Red Hulk, and Wolverine and Spider-man each get their own issues in which to face off with Cable. (Penciller Ed McGuinness does a fine job bringing to life everyone involved.) Other notable appearances are made by the Falcon, Cyclops, and Hope. By series's end, the story also functions to advance Hope's larger storyline within the Marvel Universe, and it terminates by making a significant change to Cable. We've seen this particular change before, and it's questionable whether it will last this time, but it does make sense as the resolution to this story.

This is not a stellar story. If taken by the standards of the 1990s, it's still only average. Given that it was written in the second decade of the new millennium, I should not rank it so highly but, in fairness, Jeph Loeb seems to have hewn his way to the center of the earth where he has established his own standard, and so he must be graded on a curve. And this is one of his better efforts.
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on October 11, 2013
So I'm reading my way into Avenger VS X-Men, and for what I heard, this book is a must. And it is a must! That being said, I must say the book is extremely short in pages and substance.

Cable makes a not-very-explained come back (after the events in Second Coming), and his mission is... Make war on The Avengers. Why? We don't know. We're never told. He keeps saying he have to protect Hope (his adopted daughter), and that's it.

You know, if you want me invested on a story, you really need to give me reasons to be invested. This book didn't.

The writing, by Jeph Loeb, is a back and forth split between the dialogue balloons, and the "narrator" boxes. This becomes incredibly useless and tiring when the narrator is in fact the main character of the book. You have Cable talking with characters and thinking the story of his life at the same time, and the only thing the writer achieves is to distract the reader from the story.

On the other hand, the art... I've stated before... I'm not a fan of Ed McGuinness, so I can't be partial there. Some of you might enjoy his over-muscled characters, but I know I don't.

Being so little enjoyable, the book is important because of the last two pages, which ties directly to Avengers vs X-Men.

My honest recommendation: Read the book from a library, or ask it borrowed. If you are a completist and you MUST buy the book, do not pay more than $5. This book is extra thin, and the content is so empty that you'll regret paying more.

My grade is a generous 2 and a half stars (based only on the fact of importance for future stories).
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on May 23, 2015
Well, turns out Cable isn't dead -- won't tell you in what epic he was supposed to have died, because spoilers -- and now he's back from the future (where else?) to make sure the Avengers don't screw things up in the upcoming AVENGERS VS. X-MEN mega-crossover. This is what I would call a "necessary prologue", but there's really not much to see here: Cable starts capturing and threatening to kill Avengers while the technovirus he's been keeping dormant for years starts killing him finally...but...wasn't he already dead? Eh, never mind. All in all, this is a decent setup for AVENGERS VS. X-MEN that belongs in any set of that series.
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on July 4, 2016
Art is more cartoonish compared to other artists and the story is full of potholes. Only part that matters is the end which sets up AvX series (that turned out bad). If it's $10 maybe
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on October 31, 2013
i really enjoy anything that has cable, avengers and x-men in it...but that said i really didn't like the way cable was portrayed in this story but there were elements that were interesting like the sentinel armor for iron man... whats with that. I think maybe i was expecting too much. Its a good read but not really needed for any cohesion between story arcs.
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on January 21, 2017
love it!
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on January 15, 2016
Loved it
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on April 5, 2015
Great book , enjoyed it
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on January 14, 2014
It was a hit! My son has been a fan of the series and his face lit up when he opened it.
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on January 13, 2015
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