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MARVEL CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS BATTLEREALM

Coming soon to stores (and your tabletop) is Marvel Contest of Champions Battlerealm from Upper Deck! Channel your inner super powers with three to six players, with 13 different characters. 40 location cards, and six custom die. Available on May 23rd, there’s an added bonus for Marvel Insiders: If you purchase Marvel Contest of Champions Battlerealm, you’ll find a unique code that can will unlock in-game rewards for the digital Marvel Contest of Champions PLUS rewards on Marvel Unlimited. Order Marvel Contest of Champions Battlerealm today!

 

MARVEL CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS

The Marvel Studios’ “Infinity War” storyline continues in Marvel Contest of Champions — and now Iron Man will join the battle against Thanos! Tony Stark may be on a different path than the rest of the Avengers, but he still has some fight in him as well as some super-powered allies.

Iron Man’s abilities include his Model 50 suit, which can deflect a variety of strikes while keeping Tony safe from harm. The suit will also Auto Block when health is low. Iron Man can also stay on offense by incinerating and shocking opponents, and their attacks — including Captain America’s Debuffs — are easily deflected.

Here’s a look at Iron Man in action and all of Iron Man’s abilities below:

 

MARVEL STRIKE FORCE

If you’ve always wanted to have the powers of a time-traveling mutant, now’s your chance! Cable is now a playable character in Marvel Strike Force, and he’s bringing some powers that are sure to throw a wrench into everyone’s best laid plans.

One of Cable’s trickiest abilities is his manipulation of turn order, but he can also charge up attacks to blast his enemies with his Plasma Rifle. With every blast, his weapon is charged up more, increasing the damage he can cause. A highly-charged blast can take out not just the enemy in front of him but everyone else nearby. Cable can also employ his Psychic Surge, which teleports him behind his enemy where he can deliver a deadly blow without being seen. Another perk to being a psychic mutant: Cable’s ability gives him and his team a slight head start in combat.

Here’s a look at Cable in high gear:

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From Domino to Wolverine, these are Wade Wilson's finest duos!

In celebration of Deadpool’s big summer, which sees him kick off a new series with Skottie Young and Nic Klein’s DEADPOOL #1 on June 6, we thought we’d look back at the rare moments when Wade Wilson wasn’t being an unshowered good-for-nothing selfish jerk. Instead, we found a few favorite moments when he was just being an unshowered good-for-nothing only slightly selfish jerk.

Here are the greatest Deadpool team-ups in history.

Child Bullseye

Child Bullseye? More like Calfseye, right? No? Okay. Please keep reading.

Starting off small, we have adolescent Bullseye, who teamed up with Deadpool in a rebellion against academia. In the pages of Daniel Way and Paco Medina’s DEADPOOL, a young, downtrodden Bullseye was being bullied at school. But don’t worry, weirdo pimple-faced nerds! Cousin DP came to the rescue by just straight up burning down the entire building.

This whole event may have been a hallucination, but with Deadpool you never know. What we do know is that these two eventual frenemies delightfully took things way too far in this (potential) first ever team-up. Arson rules! *

Wolverine/Old Man Logan

These two just can’t seem to get away from each other. Or at least Wolverine can’t get away from Deadpool.

Much like any relationship founded in love (of stabbing bad guys) and understanding (their boiling, uncontrollable rage), these two crazy kids have endured a lot together: multiple murder attempts, poorly thought-out heroics, and the 1990s. But, as perfectly exemplified in DEADPOOL VS. OLD MAN LOGAN, they continue to grin and bear it (Deadpool grins and Wolverine bears it).

Official ‘ship name: Poolverine. Don’t look up the “fan art.”

Hellcow

Once a prized dairy cow named Bessie, Hellcow’s idyllic life was cut short—sort of—when a bite from Dracula himself turned her into an undead blood sucking bovine. Roughly 300 years later, in DEADPOOL TEAM-UP #885, Hellcow was serving as the captive mutant milk machine for Dr. Killgore, a mad scientist who was also holding the Regenerating Degenerate under lock and key.

After Deadpool convinced Hellcow to band together for a daring escape, the duo endured a range of bodily function mishaps before succeeding in taking down Killgore. They’re not saying “Moo,” they’re saying “Bruuuce!”

Domino

Just like a group of old men sitting around a folding table, Deadpool loves dominoes. And one in particular.

A hired gun herself, Neena Thurman knows all about the #MercLife, not to mention the #MutatedExperimentLife. And after a rocky introduction in Deadpool’s debut comic NEW MUTANTS #98, Domino has grown to understand Wade more than most. It’s likely for this reason that she usually treats him like an adult. She gets it—jokes hide the pain, people!

Her ability to call Deadpool out on any shenanigans he pulls makes her a great foil for the old ‘Pool Man. And, at times, she adds a little family-approved flirtation to Deadpool’s traditionally risqué banter.

Bob, Agent of Hydra

Bob wanted to live a normal existence—eat chips, mow the lawn, watch TV with his wife. And what did his wife want? Dental insurance. So Bob got himself an average nine-to-five working at the local criminal organization, Hydra.

Deadpool wanted a friend—someone to boss around, blame the voices on, eat chips with. And what did his friends want? Um…what friends? Wade Wilson has never had any friends, so he went looking for a buddy to team-up with during his anti-heroic adventures.

Bob and Deadpool got together in CABLE AND DEADPOOL #38 and, ever since, have done everything that best friends do. They’ve gotten scurvy, time traveled with dinosaurs, been severely injured, battled Dracula, and eaten chips. Chips rule! And also arson rules too! **

Spider-Man

This one-sided bromance is what comic book dreams are made of.

Sure, Peter Parker might be a morally upstanding super hero, and sure, Deadpool generally doesn’t care about which civilian the Hulk accidentally sits on. But what matters here is the beautifully juxtaposed powers and sensibilities that these two bring to the table. And though they’ve had their ups and downs, these resident jokesters have developed a vaguely mutual respect for one another over the years. And that relationship is perfectly displayed in their ongoing joint series SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL. The third star of the book? That gorgeous forward slash.

Cable

Of course, the top spot on this ultimate team-up list goes to none other than Cable.

Nathan Summers’ explosive relationship with Deadpool has been the basis for many, many, many, many series over the years. Whether the two are allies or actively trying to kill each other is more or less a 50/50 toss-up, but regardless, the chemistry between these two can’t be denied. Cable’s time traveling stoicism perfectly compliments Deadpool’s gross face, and it all adds up to the best buddy cop throwdown anybody could ask for. If you love bulging old man pecs and giant belts, this team-up is for you.

* Editor’s note: arson does not rule
** Editor’s note: arson still does not rule

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Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler discuss their upcoming run, including Hope and Bishop's roles!

Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler’s first CABLE arc might be called Past Fears, but the writing duo have built this tale on equal parts nostalgic love and forward-thinking storytelling. The project marks the first project at the House of Ideas for the longtime Marvel fans.

CABLE #155 launches the story that will see the writing duo team with artist German Peralta to reunite Nathan Summers with the young woman he raised while on the run through time, Hope Summers. Along the way they will meet up with a new villain and come across sometimes ally/sometimes pursuer, Bishop.

We spoke with Thompson and Nadler about growing up with Cable, examining his past and chronicling his future!

Marvel.com: How has it been for you guys going from a creator-owned series last year to jumping into the House of Ideas?

Lonnie Nadler: It’s definitely been a strange transition, but a very rewarding one at the same time. We’ve grown accustomed to having full control of our creator-owned books like Come Into Me and Her Infernal Descent, but sometimes that means working in a vacuum, which makes it tough to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. At Marvel, we’re working as part of the X-Men office and our editor Darren Shan has been incredibly supportive in terms of the ideas we bring to the table, but he also isn’t afraid to challenge us and make sure we’re telling a story that fits within Cable’s complex history. We’ve had to do so much research about Cable’s past, dig through old back issues, and that’s been amazing because it comes with the realization that we’re contributing to this massive mythology now. I can’t express how fortunate we feel to be playing in this world. It’s been a learning process, but an exciting one, because at the end of the day, we’re all out here trying to tell the best story possible.

Zac Thompson: It’s honestly pure wish fulfillment. It’s a dream come true to play with these characters in a way that will always be part of the canon. Darren has allowed us to come in and craft an incredibly ambitious storyline that takes everything we love about Cable and twist it in new ways. On top of that, we’ve been able to feature some of our absolute favorite Marvel characters in the run. It never stops feeling surreal. I know that the first time we got to write dialogue for some X-Men I had to take a walk around the block and go… what is real life?

We’re here because we love Marvel and want to give Marvel fans the best X-Men story humanly possible. We’ve been training for this moment our whole lives.

Marvel.com: Can you talk about your personal histories with Cable and how those may have translated into working on the book?

Zac Thompson: I grew up during the 90s which was the quintessential Cable era. I’ve always adored the character as I’ve been obsessed with time travel from a very young age. During my days watching the “X-Men” cartoon and reading my older brother’s random back issues, Cable always stood out as a complete badass. He’s so rich with inner conflict and holds the X-Men universe together in so many ways. I grew up on a steady diet of X-Men books and Cable grew up with me.

As he’s a time traveler, we’re taking this opportunity to visit some of Cable’s most iconic eras and challenging fans to look at them in new and different ways. Past Fears is a love letter to every run of Cable that we admire. Not to mention, we’re really playing with Cable’s techno-organic virus which is a culmination of my personal interests in body horror and superhero comics. The marriage couldn’t be better.

Lonnie Nadler: Like Zac, I’ve been a huge X-Men fan for the majority of my life. I was just telling him the other day how I used to have a wall in my bedroom decorated from floor to ceiling with X-Men posters and comic book pages. I grew up hoping that one day that my mutant powers would manifest and I’d be able to live with Xavier in the X-Mansion. Obviously that never happened, but telling stories in this world is the next best thing.

Cable is incredibly iconic and his massive stature and brash attitude always held a special place in my heart. Yet, he’s also always been somewhat of a mystery because we’ve seen so little of his childhood so this arc is all about exploring who Cable is, what his life was like as a youth, and what demons he carries with him to this day. It’s all about combining our long affection for the X-Men with our grown-up sensibilities and influences.

Marvel.com: As you’ve both mentioned, Cable’s one of those characters with such a rich, interesting and partially unexplored history. Does playing off of that and also filling in some of the blanks appeal to you as writers?

Lonnie Nadler: Absolutely, it does. When we first were offered the gig it was a bit overwhelming to tell the truth because Cable’s background is insanely complex and convoluted. I mean, he’s a gun-toting time traveler who was raised in the future and brought to the present. And that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Anytime you’re dealing with time travel, things get complicated, but when you add mutants and clones and alternate timelines it gets even harder to wrap your head around. With that said, because of this there are almost endless possibilities for the character. Zac and I didn’t want to get bogged down with the time travel elements so we thought it would be interesting to play with time in a different way and take a look at the man Cable is now and how he got to be this way. It’s sort of like “Memento” in that the arc goes backwards through time. Zac and I love working with memory and its implications on the present and Cable is a perfect vessel with which to explore these ideas. Our story is all about different iconic eras from Cable’s life so it allows to both pay homage to all these past version of the character while simultaneously adding our own strange, horrific, tragic stamp.

Zac Thompson: Since Cable’s always been a time traveler it’s really easy to get trapped in circular stories filled with paradoxes. Lonnie and I decided to forgo that complication and look at Cable’s history in and of itself. We wanted to ensure that we got to the core of Cable’s character and dealt with time travel in a really different way – through memory. Past Fears upends everything you knew about Cable during many of his most iconic runs. We wanted to focus on the secrets Cable keeps and his unwavering dedication to protecting the future. This allowed us to inject some of our own influence in Cable’s past. We’re visiting everything from the [Joe] Casey and Ladronn era to the criminally under-explored world of THE ADVENTURES OF CYCLOPS AND PHOENIX. It’s about paying our respects while also adding our own little jab of pain to the past. Not everything is what it seems…

Marvel.com: Your first arc will reunite Cable, Hope and later Bishop. Where are those relationships at as we begin and how will they get tested?

Zac Thompson: In issue #155 we pick up with Cable and Hope completely estranged. In the time since Cable and Hope have last seen one another Cable has become a loner and Hope… Well, Hope has almost become Cable. There’s a lot of legacy to unpack there and with so much of Cable being about protecting the future, Nathan has to make a choice to save his daughter early on in the run, but that choice comes at a terrifying cost. A cost that threatens to destroy everything he’s built for himself.

Bishop comes into play in issue #156 and without spoiling much we’re going back to the Messiah War era. Naturally, Bishop and Cable will not be on the best of terms here. It’s a classic rivalry that we’re really excited to share with fans because we’re doing some really crazy things that will leave jaws on the floor.

Lonnie Nadler: Zac pretty much covered it all. I do have to add that getting to write characters like Hope and Bishop feels amazing and surreal. We’ve grown really attached to Hope over the course of writing this, and she’s such an understated, underused character. Building off of what Duane Swierczynski and Ariel Olivetti built during their run is daunting, but X-Men books work best for me when you bring in elements of family drama and Cable and Hope’s relationship is ripe for that. It gives a sense of gravitas to the whole story. We’d love the opportunity to explore Hope’s character further somewhere down the line.

Marvel.com: The time-hopping duo will face off against a creature of sorts that reminds them of the Techno-Organic virus. How was it seeing how German brought that concept to life on the page?

Lonnie Nadler: Yeah, this arc starts off with Cable and Hope dealing with some of his past demons, something he should have laid to rest a long time ago. This monster, like Cable, is also afflicted with the Techno-Organic virus and we knew right away that its design would be essential for the success of the story. Lucky for us German could not be a more perfect choice for this type of genre-bending narrative. As soon as we saw his initial designs for the monster we understood just how fortunate we were to be working with him. He’s amazing! German has worked with some of the best writers in the game, and he’s just so versatile in his work. He can do emotional moments, horror, and action incredibly well and his storytelling ability is top notch. He’s taken our scripts and added little details to every page that completely augment the story. He’s not the typical style of artist you tend to see on a book like CABLE, but readers are in for a real visual feast here.

Zac Thompson: German is a storytelling master. He’s completely elevated everything we’ve given him to the point where we’re freaking out every single time he sends in a page. With the villain in particular, German has crafted something truly terrifying that almost defies any sort of classification. He’s managed to create a creature that is horrifying and endearing all at the same time. German has managed to subvert our expectations and create a villain that threatens Cable in a way unlike anything ever before. And if you don’t believe us… just wait until the last pages of #155 – they will absolutely blow your mind.

CABLE #155, by Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson and German Peralta starts digging up the past on March 21.

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Scott Koblish on the Merc with a Mouth offing his pseudo-buddy.

On December 13, Deadpool kills Cable. Seriously, we’re talking end of the road, kick the bucket, lights out kind of dead. Sure, Stryfe made him do it, but can you really make Deadpool do something he doesn’t want to? Tune in to find out as writer Gerry Duggan, alongside artist Scott Koblish, reveal all in DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #290.

But wait, this tale packs more than just bestie drama, “I loved when the Dinosaurs poured out and attacked.  I love Dinosaurs,” teases Koblish.

Marvel.com: First off, can you give us the run down on what’s going on in #290?

Scott Koblish: Man, I don’t know if I CAN say what happens in this issue! Gerry, Nick, Joe, Jordan, Annalise, Heather and I worked really hard on this book, and while there are some really intense scenes in this arc, this issue is a particular peak.  It’s not called the DESPICABLE DEADPOOL for nothin’.

Marvel.com: Deadpool seems to jump back and forth across the line separating the morally good and bad. Murdering his buddy is safe to say a bad side move, so how is he dealing with this? Any justification for his actions?

Scott Koblish: You’ll have to make up your own mind if he’s justified in his actions. Wade has to make some really difficult decisions to be made over the next few issues, and even just as reader I am pretty shocked at where Gerry is going with this.

Marvel.com: How would you describe Deadpool and Cable’s relationship?

Scott Koblish: Homicidal.

Marvel.com: What are your 2 or 3 all-time favorite Deadpool and Cable moments, the highest points in their relationship?

Scott Koblish: Each interaction is severely complicated – if I had to pick favorites, I’d say their initial meeting in NEW MUTANTS and killing Hitler.

Marvel.com: What 2 or 3 moments across their relationship stick out to you as particularly gut wrenching, their lowest friendship moments?

Scott Koblish: I kinda feel like it’s NEVER been a good relationship.

Marvel.com: How is the tone of the book translated in the art? 

Scott Koblish: I’ve been working really hard at trying to make the book look as gritty and disturbing – this particular story demanded a rough touch in the art.

DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #290

Marvel.com: Any twists or surprises heading our way that you want to tease?

Scott Koblish: No, too much relies on surprise right now.  Mum’s the word.

Marvel.com: What can we expect for Deadpool moving forward?

Scott Koblish: Awful, awful things.

Catch the final downfall of Deadpool and Cable in DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #290 by writer Gerry Duggan and artist Scott Koblish when it hits shelves on December 13.

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The time-traveling hero decides it’s time once again for a team!

Nathan Summers’ no dummy, and CABLE #152, out December 13, will prove it.

When Cable’s back’s against the wall and there’s a murder mystery to solve, he’ll forego his usual loner act and admits it’s time for a team. And what a team! Pulled from a point in Marvel mutant history around 2004, these characters represent everything your favorite cyborg warrior needs to get the job done—or so he hopes.

We asked CABLE writer Ed Brisson to comment on each timeless titan our hero pulls in:

Marvel.com: Ed, what about Longshot? How do you see his connection to Cable?

Ed Brisson: In terms of relationship, I see Longshot as being Cable’s second in command here. He’s been on this case since day one, primarily brought in for his—little used—ability to communicate with the recently dead. And, hey, dude has luck ability. Every team needs a good luck charm.

Marvel.com: Surely Shatterstar’s providing some “good ol’days” feels for Cable, right?

Ed Brisson: He and Cable are X-Force alum and so have a long history. Shatterstar is brought in for muscle. [Cable] needs a heavy-hitter who has no compunction about running headlong into battle. And, because I’ve been asked [elsewhere], it’s worth noting that at this point in time—circa 2004—Shatterstar and Longshot are unaware that they’re related.

Marvel.com: Laura Kinney’s here, but as X-23, not Wolverine…

Ed Brisson: At this point in time, X-23 is new to the scene so [she] doesn’t have much of a relationship with Cable or the rest of the crew. But, as mentioned above, they need muscle and X-23 gives them that, too.

Marvel.com: And Armor?

Ed Brisson: Similar to X-23, in 2004 Armor is relatively new to the X-Men. In fact, she’s not a member of X-Men yet; she’s a new student at Xavier Institute. Cable’s brought her aboard for abilities that he knows she has that she’s still unaware of.  There’s a bit of a mentorship happening—Cable knows Armor’s headed for great things and is giving her a bit of a push here.

Cable (2017) #150

Cable (2017) #150

  • Published: October 18, 2017
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 23, 2018
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Writer: Ed Brisson
  • Penciler: Jon Malin
  • Cover Artist: Jon Malin
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Marvel.com: Then there’s Blink!

Ed Brisson: Top secret! We’re in a time where Blink isn’t supposed to be around. So, how she’s here and what she’s doing is something that people are going to have to read and discover for themselves.

Marvel.com: Okay, but how the heck will Doop be useful?

Ed Brisson: Doop is there because he’s Doop! Doop is awesome! But, also, Cable knows they’re going up against Selene, who’s a powerful telepath. They need Doop in order to shield them from her…’cause, did you know that Doop can throw up psionic shields? He can!

Marvel.com: Now, to wrap this up, we have to ask: how does big baddie Gideon figure into this?

Ed Brisson: This is another one I’m going to plead the fifth on. How Gideon comes into it and what his play is, that’s something that readers will have to discover over the next few issues.

Marvel.com: Wait! You gotta say more than that!

Ed Brisson: For me, personally, that early 90s era of New Mutants/X-Force was seminal. It was an exciting time and Gideon was a large part of that. Dude’s been off the playing board for more than two decades and I’m pretty excited to be bringing him back.

Find out what Nate and his crew get up to next in CABLE #152 by Ed Brisson and artist Jon Malin on December 13!

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Artist Jon Malin dives into Marvel Legacy with the time-traveler!

Some people think learning history can be boring…but maybe they just haven’t done it the right way. Like when writer Ed Brisson and artist Jon Malin take an exciting look at the past with CABLE #150!

On October 18, the future-born soldier travels back in time alongside a couple of New Mutants—including X-23, Doop, Shatterstar, Blink, Longshot, and Armor—to try to handle a killer that can’t be taken care of easily.

We caught up with Malin to chat about studying up on various X-Men time periods, working with Brisson, and bringing Cable to Marvel Legacy.

Marvel.com: How fun has it been sending these characters to various points in X-history?

Jon Malin: Very exciting! I absolutely lucked into a chance to draw all my old school favorites in their best looks!

Marvel.com: When you’re sending Cable and the New Mutants to those different time periods, do you look back at the original stories for reference?

Jon Malin: Ed and Editor Chris Robinson are kind enough to send me details for what I need, so thankfully I don’t have to dig out the references too much. For me, it’s more about going back to the well for the dynamic inspiration you get from artists like Rob Liefeld—he, like Jack Kirby and other greats, including Stan Lee, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Larry Stroman, Whilce Portacio—set a kinetic pace with their work and I’m always looking for an opportunity to push that. Be sure to check out the early Marvel work of all mentioned above, it’s a lesson in awesome!

Marvel.com: When designing Cable and his New Mutants for this Legacy story, were you aiming for classic looks or were you going for your own spin?

Jon Malin: The story calls for these specific looks, so I’m certainly staying close to them. Anything that might be considered “my own spin” here will be very subtle. In the past, I always loved how Rob Liefeld changed up the costumes, especially Cable’s—it always kept the vibe feeling fresh to me.

We haven’t had any costume changes as the tone of this tale feels closely tied to these costumes and who they were. Looking down the road and keeping true to what Rob established, I have plenty of cool spins for all of these guys if given the opportunity.

Marvel.com: As this story has developed, have any of the character interactions surprised you so far?

Jon Malin: I think our character bag of mixed nuts works very well here for this exact reason. Ed plays these guys off each other in fun and interesting ways. Doop has been so fun for me and I think the readers will enjoy him because he can be anything we need him to be—comic relief, right hand man, butt kicker, Don Juan. Whatever! Then we have Shatterstar and X-23…we could do a standalone with them simply titled “Bodycount.”

Marvel.com: How has it been working with Ed on the series?

Jon Malin: Ed has such great storytelling skills—and understands the time for nuance and the time for action. We message maybe once a month if I have questions or want to express a scene I loved. He’s fantastic! Love that guy.

And shout outs to [colorists] Federico Blee and Jesus Aburtov! Both are so kind and generous with their time. Federico has colored all our covers and they’re amazing! And Jesus on interior colors has just been knocking it out of the park! I love passionate color that amplifies the intensity of a story—and both of these guys dig right in. Just glance at the covers and interiors and the feelings are immediate.

Editors can be overlooked, so let me add Chris Robinson and Mark Paniccia! Chris has a great eye for paneling; I have found him to be so thorough on the work and always there if I need him. I see him going very far in this industry if he so chooses. And Mark always lets it be known when he really digs something or if something has to go. Marvel is in great hands with these two. And big thanks to [Editor-in-Chief] Axel Alonso—he’s been very supportive of me with this title.

CABLE #150, written by Ed Brisson with art by Jon Malin, hits on October 18!

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Our therapist attempts to pin down the mutant time traveler!

Nathan Summers is an adult male of above average physical fitness. Although he suffers from a techno organic virus, it appears to be in remission and his physical state is currently stable. He is a self-identified mutant known as Cable who claims he is from the future. A cursory analysis of Summers’ background would seem to reinforce this statements as respected individuals like Professor Charles Xavier have made similar statements.

The client’s life has consistently been one of strife and chaos. It has been marked by acts of violence—perpetrated by and against him—and multiple jumps between alternate timelines moving from the present to the future and back and forth multiple times. He has even had to endure the death of his wife and the need to slay his own son.

At first, this writer hypothesized that the client lacked a “true” personality and was only defined by what had been done to him in struggles. After working with the client for some time, the writer has revised this belief. The client has a set of values that he organizes his life around and does present with a personality. However, he is often so defended that it may be difficult to discern it without extensive time with him. Summers, ultimately, seems to present as a sort of walking tactical machine as a defense mechanism, not as a true reflection of his inner life.

In this way, my expectation that he, in fact, did not qualify for a PTSD diagnosis has been called into question. In fact, I now hypothesize, the client’s entire demeanor is a PTSD reaction, a way to wall it off but not a way to address all the pain—physical and psychological—he has been subjected to since his childhood. He has, in essence, sacrificed his sense of self on the altar of achieving “good” ends. To that end, he projects this image of himself as nothing but a grizzled soldier that, when the surface is scratched is simply incorrect. Summers boasts a law degree—although he is not licensed to practice law at this time—and has proven himself a remarkable surrogate father.

Currently, the client finds himself at the mercy of the timeline once more. While he seems unsure of exactly what is happening or why, he has been clear that he knows something is deeply wrong with the past and he is being propelled from location to location to fix it.

Cable #3 cover by Dale Keown

This writer explored this notion of the client having to be the one to solve it; not someone else, not him with the aid of others. We explored the notion that he may take on more than he needs to in the name of “responsibility” where the healthier—and in fact, possibly more effective choice—would be to ask for help from others or even, in some case, simply pass the “mission” on to someone else.

As expected, the client is highly suspicious of this perspective. That said he remains committed to therapy and glad to be seeing this writer.

Nathan Summers’s next session is set for July 26. This writer is consulting with Doctors James Robinson and Carlos Pacheco and their report will be available on that day in the file labeled CABLE #3.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Staff Therapist with a metal arm and a cybernetic eye. He mostly uses both to play roundball with maximum effectiveness.

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Take a trip back to the time-traveling mutant’s first appearance!

Every Friday we use the powers of Marvel Unlimited to look back at the very first appearance of a major character, place or object that made waves this week.

Nathaniel Summers never stops fighting for the future, even if that means traveling to the past. Readers got a new look at that unconquerable spirit as his new series CABLE launched this week from James Robinson and Carlos Pacheco, but it’s been there since the beginning. And, of course, that start came back in 1990’s NEW MUTANTS #87 when the gun-toting soldier fully debuted in the issue created by Louise Simonson and Rob Liefeld. He literally burst onto the scene to stop the Mutant Liberation Front’s attack on a top-secret energy research station.

Readers also got to know another new character a bit better in this issue, Stryfe! He debuted in issue #86 as the leader of the MLF and sent the group to another locale, but this time Cable lied in wait! Unfortunately, the bad guys got the drop on him and left him unconscious so they could achieve their true goal of grabbing Rusty and Skids from a government facility. At the end of the installment—which also featured the title team making the long trek back from Asgard—Cable realized that he’d need a team of his own to go up against Stryfe’s. In the next issue, he escaped Freedom Force’s clutches and finally met up with the New Mutants in #89.

Cable eventually took over the team and the book morphed into X-FORCE. The militant mutant helped turn the kids into a well-oiled tactical squad that continues to influence the X-books in various ways to this day. In 1993, Cable scored his first solo series which ran until 2002. Creators like Fabian Nicieza, Art Thibert, Steve Skroce, Jeph Loeb, Ian Churchill, Joe Casey, Jose Ladronn, David Tischman and, of course, Liefeld, all lent their talents to the book in that time.

New Mutants (1983) #87

New Mutants (1983) #87

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The longer Cable stuck around, the more readers learned about him. For instance, he technically first appeared back in UNCANNY X-MEN #201 as Scott Summers and Madelyne Pryor’s son Nathan. In X-FACTOR #68, they sent the child to the future for protection. There, Mother Askani helped raise him and he also ran into his lifetimes-long enemy Apocalypse for the first time. For more even more on Cable’s youth, check out ADVENTURES OF CYCLOPS AND PHOENIX!

Flash Forward

Though he’s carried out many important missions over the years, Cable’s most important assignment came during the Messiah CompleX crossover. That story took place after Scarlet Witch decimated the homo superior population, but found one single mutant birth popping up on everyone’s radar at the same time. As the various factions fought over the baby girl, Cable swooped in, grabbed her and made off through the time stream with the savior named Hope. After the crossover ended, they moved on to a new volume of CABLE wherein he trained her as they traveled through time, avoiding enemies like fellow future mutant, Bishop! They succeeded and eventually returned to the present where they went their separate ways, but still share a strong bond.

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The time-traveling mutant warrior makes his way to Battlerealm!

The son of Scott Summers and Jean Grey, Nathan Summers, better known as the time-hopping mutant Cable, was predestined for genetic greatness, making him a perfect combatant for “Marvel Contest of Champions.”

We talked to Kabam Art Director Gabriel Frizzera and Champion Designer Simon Cameron about Nathan’s powers and his and Gwenpool’s Event Quest.

Marvel.com: Cable’s brought his gun to a…well you know what he’ll probably fit right in on Battlerealm. What’s Nathan doing fighting with The Collector?

Gabriel Frizzera: Nathan Summers is a premium collectable item for Taneleer Tivan. He has the gun, the Techno-Virus metal arm, the oversized shoulder pads, the pouches… ah, and the time travelling. There are mysteries in the past and future Battlerealm that The Collector doesn’t want to be revealed, so he better keep time-travelers like Cable under check.

Marvel.com: I have to admit, I’m a little underwhelmed by Cable’s pouch game. Was the team worried about heavy load times? Heh.

Gabriel Frizzera: You have no idea…we put hidden pouches all over his costume! Under his shoulder pads, inside his boots—even his gun has some metal pouches. And there are pouches inside his pouches. Some of the pouches are made to store pouches is what I’m saying. Just in case he runs out of pouches in a pouch fight.

Marvel.com: What can you tell us about his kit? Does he have any similarities to either of his parents, or is he his own mutant?

Simon Cameron: He’s definitely his own mutant! Cable is an excellent all-rounded fighter. His Regeneration will help keep him in the fight through a full quest, he can Power Gain once his Signature Ability has been unlocked, allowing for more Special Attacks, as well as more chances to trigger his Regeneration.

He also has good utility on his second Special Attack with both Concussion and Incinerate, and acts as an excellent counter to Bleed-centric heroes, as they’ll keep his Degeneration active on themselves for him.

Marvel.com: Getting into his kit, what the heck is Techno Organic Virus Suppression?

Simon Cameron: When Cable was infected with the Techno Organic Virus it nearly killed him, until he learned to use his powers to keep it in check. So to keep himself alive he is forced to continuously exert a portion of his powers against it. As he begins to successfully suppress the virus it takes less effort to hold it at bay. In game terms this means each time he gains a bar of Power, he has a chance to immediately trigger a Power Gain Buff on himself.

Marvel.com: It seems like a lot of his abilities work to offset the hindrance of the Techno Organic Virus. And what exactly is True Strike?

Simon Cameron: The Techno Organic Virus is a big part of who Cable is—pun intended—so we definitely wanted to make sure it featured in his ability set too. True Strike is a powerful Buff. While under its effect, a Champion ignores their Opponent’s Armor, Resistances—both Physical and Energy—and Evade chance.

Marvel.com: Ok so real quick, let’s talk about the Cable/Gwenpool Event Quest? What’s going on there?

Gabriel Frizzera: Gwenpool is sent by Cable—or so she believes—back in time to warn Captain America and his Avengers Unity Team of a looming threat. Obviously she makes a mess of the timelines, causing more trouble than helping…but in the process they stumble into a secret about The Contest; another piece of the puzzle to maybe help the Champions find a way home. It’s a bit of an homage to classic time travel movies, and a good fit to both Gwen and Nathan’s characters.

Marvel.com: When can we pick up Cable for ourselves?

Simon Cameron: Cable is chrono-skimming into the contest on January 19!

Check out the Gwenpool: Agent of C.A.B.L.E. Motion Comic here!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Contest of Champions” news and interviews!

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Searching for a friend, Cap gets tangled up with a town of werewolves that wants to make him leader of the pack!

Every day Marvel.com celebrates Captain America’s 75th anniversary by looking deep into the Marvel Unlimited archives to showcase some of his most thrilling and important adventures.

Mark Gruenwald chronicled Captain America’s adventures for a decade between 1985 and 1995. Many of his tales will find their way into this celebration of Steve Rogers, but the first will be a horror-tinged seven issue story called “Man and Wolf” that kicked off with CAPTAIN AMERICA #402 and wrapped with #408, all drawn by Rik Levins.

Cap feels compelled to investigate a reported werewolf attack in a small Massachusetts town called Starkesboro that may or may not be related to his missing friend and personal pilot John Jameson who’d been known to go by the lycanthropic identities Man-Wolf and Stargod.

Assuming that mystic elements will come into play, Cap attempts to recruit Doctor Strange for the mission, but winds up palling around with Doctor Druid as they head north from New York City. Unfortunately for the heroes, they soon discover that Starkesboro seems to be completely overrun by wolf-people.

Our heroes soon learn that another druid going by the name of Dredmund compels his assistant Nightshade to use chemicals to convert the townspeople into werewolves thanks in part to his possession of the Moonstone which turned Jameson into his hairy alter ego. In the process, Nightshade also lures X-folks like Wolfsbane and Feral there which brings along the attention of Wolverine and Cable to help save the day in the end.

Captain America (1968) #402

Captain America (1968) #402

  • Published: July 10, 1992
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: June 10, 2013
  • Cover Artist: Rik Levins
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However, all of that comes well after Nightshade manages to inject Cap with the serum which turns him into “Capwolf,” a name coined by Wolverine in the story. Still a pillar of whatever community he finds himself in, Cap compels his fellow lycanthropes to rise up against Dredmund, Nightshade, and the wolf-catching Moonhunter.

Aided by Wolfsbane, Jameson, Wolverine, Cable, and even Jack Russell—better known as Werewolf by Night—Capwolf defeats the near godlike power of Dredmund-turned-Starwolf before Nightshade cures him of his furry condition.

Not only is this tale a fun look at the Marvel Universe from a specific moment in time, but it also proves that Captain America’s perseverance and fair-mindedness transcend even his physical state.

Cap Declassified

No stranger to supernatural elements, Captain America’s original title changed names to CAPTAIN AMERICA’S WEIRD TALES for a few issues before winding down in 1950. In #74, Cap fights the then-dead Red Skull in the pits of hell while #75 doesn’t even feature the Star Spangled Avenger on the cover in favor of a hairy green monster popping out of a chest to scare a woman.

In the midst of a nefarious body-switch perpetrated by a Cosmic Cube-wielding Red Skull, Captain America meets one of his all-time best supporters: The Falcon. Come back next time for a look at CAPTAIN AMERICA #115-119 by Stan Lee, John Buscema and Gene Colan.

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