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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Marvel's oddest couple are together again with art by Reilly Brown!

They’re back, baby! Reunited and it feels so good! Cable and Deadpool, together again. Shooting and stabbing their way into your hearts and comic shops this December in DEADPOOL AND CABLE: SPLIT SECOND, the print adaptation of the smash hit Marvel Infinite Comic series.

Fan-favorite CABLE AND DEADPOOL creative team of Fabian Nicieza and Reilly Brown bring you a brand new adventure of the Merc With a Mouth and the Soldier With a Scowl. Cable has received a terrifying vision of the future brought on by the assassination of one man. Now he’ll do anything to prevent that horrible timeline from becoming a reality. Too bad Deadpool has been hired to kill that guy. This is going to get messy. And, causing all sorts of trouble for this titanic twosome, just who is the mysterious Split Second? Find out when DEADPOOL AND CABLE: SPLIT SECOND #1 comes to comic shops this December!

DEADPOOL AND CABLE: SPLIT SECOND #1 (of 3) (OCT150825)

Written by FABIAN NICIEZA & REILLY BROWN
Art & Cover by REILLY BROWN
Variant Covers by KRIS ANKA (OCT150826) and ROB LIEFELD (OCT150827)
On-Sale – 12/30/15

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Gerry Duggan adds a time-traveling mutant warrior to the Unity Squad!

You had to know when Deadpool joined the Avengers his best buddy wouldn’t be far behind.

As seen in the final pages of this week’s UNCANNY AVENGERS #2, even while the Unity Squad attempts to liberate Boston from a mysterious new foe, Cable has already seen the results of their efforts in the future—and they’re not good. Will the time-lost warrior join the Avengers in an effort to save tomorrow? We spoke to writer Gerry Duggan about this possibility and more…

Marvel.com: What does the arrival of Cable mean for Uncanny Avengers?

Gerry Duggan: Well, first and foremost Cable’s arrival means that this squad failed in the Boston mission, and needed to be bailed out. That could be a morale hit for this squad of Avengers, but it also leads Cable to the team—and that’s a big win for this group. Cable is bringing a surprise with him: a futuristic artificial intelligence that we don’t know much about. Now the team has some extra science muscles, and some extra big metal muscles. Now readers are up to speed on the team that we’ve been writing and drawing for months. I can’t wait for everyone to get caught up to what we’re planning now. 

Marvel.com: What are your favorite aspects of Cable and what does he bring to the book and team?

Gerry Duggan: He’s such a fun character, and I love his powers. This is metal-arm swinging, pre-cog flashing, TK-slinging, twinkling eye Cable. He’s used to being the Captain of the ship, and this situation is different for him. Steve Rogers has put Rogue in charge in the field, and that could be an interesting situation that Cable finds himself in. Taking orders instead of giving them. 

Marvel.com: What relationships with other cast members and Cable are you most looking forward to exploring?

Gerry Duggan: Cable’s long term plans with the team are complicated. He’s got an agenda that he was pursuing in the future, but that’s on hold. Cable will be seduced by the secret mission of the Uncanny Avengers; for Cable, it’s a mission that’s worth sticking around for. Hmm. Cable also comes with his own built-in nemesis, doesn’t he?

Uncanny Avengers (2015) #3 cover by Ryan Stegman

Uncanny Avengers (2015) #3 cover by Ryan Stegman

Marvel.com: Will any of Cable’s extended supporting cast, adversaries, or mythology be coming with him?

Gerry Duggan: Well, he’s got Deadpool on the team, but I think Wade may not love his being there at first. We’ll see. Nate and Synapse end up in a fun exchange in the early going. Cable’s arrival signals a shift. Some readers remarked that the team skewed a bit heavier to the “A” side of the equation. We always knew that there was a late “star entrance” for this mutant. 

Marvel.com: What can you tease for next issue?

Gerry Duggan: My job as a writer is to surprise you. I’m very happy with the surprises in the first arc, and the surprises are going to keep coming. I think this first arc wraps in a pleasantly surprising manner. Then you’re going to begin to see some familiar faces arrive, perhaps in surprising ways. Thanks so much for reading UNCANNY AVENGERS. The next year of UNCANNY AVENGERS will be difficult for readers to predict, but I promise it will be big and fun. 

For more on Cable’s next move, pick up UNCANNY AVENGERS #2 by Gerry Duggan and Ryan Stegman, on sale now!

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James Rhodes invades Limbo, plus new looks for Cable and Loki, as well as much more!

Have you been craving some new “Marvel Heroes 2015” content? As always, Gazillion happily oblige!

Creative Designer and Community Manager Ryan Collins gives us the skinny on Limbo, War Machine, new costumes, and more!

Marvel.com: Gazillion has a ton of cool stuff coming out in the next week or two. Right now players can play in an updated Limbo zone. I’m really liking the way Limbo looks!

Ryan Collins: Limbo is pretty awesome! Players could actually travel there during launch, but the gameplay was completely different. It had since been removed and has now returned with a bad new baddie, N’astirh!

Marvel.com: War Machine is coming down the pipeline too right? Can you tell us a little about James Rhodes and what his armor has in store for the bad guys?

Ryan Collins: As you might expect, Rhodey really brings the firepower! With chainsaws, energy blades, missiles, repulsors, wrist-mounted machine guns, auto-cannon, and a pretty impressive warhead or two, you can be sure there won’t be anything left standing when War Machine’s all done. All of that firepower comes with a cost though, as War Machine has both Suit Power—his primary resource—and Heat. Heat builds up as you might expect, when you fire his various weapons, and when full, the suit is actually Over Heated!

Once Over Heated, you can move in close and get a bonus to your melee powers while your weapons cool down. It’s a very fun play pattern and really makes you feel like an avatar of death.

Marvel.com: Can we dig into his skill trees for a second?

Ryan Collins: Rhodey’s three skill trees are pretty appropriately named: Shock, Awe & War Gear.

Shock is where War Machine gets up in your face: chainsaws, energy blades, and even a flamethrower—which really builds up Heat!

Awe is the flashy stuff: his auto-gun—an AI controlled shoulder-mounted weapon that picks targets all by itself—plasma cannon, thermite launcher—with the awesome name “Spit Fire”—and a few ways to clear the room with wrist-mounted machine guns.

War Gear is the kitchen sink of skill trees, where it represents all of the other ways the suit is used; or maybe a little bit of everything… Here you can find War Machine’s flight power, a thermobarric warhead, upgrades to your suit’s power systems, [and] my personal favorite, Army of One.

Army of One is his Signature Power and it’s literally every weapon available to Rhodey firing at once. It’s very over the top and a ton of fun to mow down absolutely everything in the room.

Marvel.com: And you guys have a new team-up ready to hit live? Somebody who’s red, black, and red all over?

Ryan Collins: Aw heck yeah. Carnage [will] be tearing up the battlefield quite soon, with some amazing voice work by Dee Bradley Baker. Carnage has everything you might expect: insane dialogue, big claws and a battle axe for a hand! Worth mentioning that the version we have in-game is actually the Axis version of the character, so he’s acting heroically, though his actions are horribly misguided.

Marvel.com: As if a new map, character, and team-up weren’t enough, you have a couple costumes that just came out? None other than Loki and Cable!

Ryan Collins: Of course! We have the fantastic Agent of Asgard Loki based on the recent Al Ewing and Lee Garbett series, with the design itself based on Jamie McKelvie’s work. That’s actually already available now! And coming with Cable’s awesome 52 review is the Marvel NOW! costume from CABLE & X-FORCE, featuring his giant freaking robot arm!

Marvel.com: Are you guys attending any conventions in the near future?

Ryan Collins: We’ve got a great panel planned for this Sunday, August 30, when we’ll be spilling the beans on “Marvel Heroes 2016”—yes, Twenty Sixteen—for the first time in public. It’s at 3:00 PDT in the—and this is pretty awesome—Hydra Theatre. Kill our panel, two will take its place! Not really. Please don’t kill our panel. 

You can read more about the panel at PAX’s website.

Marvel.com: Anything else you want to tell us?

Ryan Collins: You’re definitely going to want to check out the upcoming Danger Room and Secret Invasion content…we’ll have more on that later.

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Heroes 2015” news and interviews!

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The X-Men and New Mutants fall under attack in this 90's classic!

It’s time to face facts, true believers – the 90’s were awesome. The pouches were plentiful, the costumes were impractical, and Marvel Universe dentists made a fortune correcting damages caused by perpetually gritted teeth. Thanks to the power of nostalgia, though, what would once be considered extremely embarrassing can now be called extremely awesome!

With that in mind, we’ve pulled a Marvel comic from the not-so-modern era and broken it down, one most excellent fact at a time! This week we’re singling out UNCANNY X-MEN #270 by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee. Here’s “X-Tinction Agenda: First Strike” by the numbers!

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #270

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #270

  • Published: November 10, 1990
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Rating: T+
  • Writer: Chris Claremont
  • Penciller: Jim Lee
  • Cover Artist: Jim Lee
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12 capsules wrapped around Cable’s bicep

Art from Uncanny X-Men #270

Art from Uncanny X-Men #270

 

12 heroes in the dramatis personae

Art from Uncanny X-Men #270

Art from Uncanny X-Men #270

 

11 belts on Storm’s X-Men uniform

Art from Uncanny X-Men #270

Art from Uncanny X-Men #270

 

11 Genoshan Magistrates

Art from Uncanny X-Men #270

Art from Uncanny X-Men #270

 

7 heads in the cover’s corner box

Art from Uncanny X-Men #270

Art from Uncanny X-Men #270

 

4 frisbees

Art from Uncanny X-Men #270

Art from Uncanny X-Men #270

 

3 bracelets on Jean Grey’s wrists

Art from Uncanny X-Men #270

Art from Uncanny X-Men #270

 

2 flying mutants carrying 2 gun-toting mutants with mechanical limbs

Art from Uncanny X-Men #270

Art from Uncanny X-Men #270

 

1 dramatic entrance

Art from Uncanny X-Men #270

Art from Uncanny X-Men #270

 

Check out the rest of “X-Tinction Agenda” on Marvel Unlimited and read the new X-TINCTION AGENDA starting June 3 as part of Secret Wars!

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See which heroes from the Marvel Universe made their mark with us during this pivotal decade!

As we continue to celebrate Marvel’s 75th anniversary all year long on Marvel.com, we made it to the 1990’s, and “Marvel Reborn,” a period of equal parts success and upheaval, which saw a variety of different characters spin out of established franchises as well as make their own indelible mark on the Marvel Universe.

This week, we count down our top 10 Marvel heroes to debut during the 1990’s. Have your own thoughts? Let us know on Twitter using the hash tag #Marvel75!

Ghost Rider (Daniel Ketch)

Ghost Rider (Daniel Ketch)

10. GHOST RIDER (Danny Ketch)
First Appearance: GHOST RIDER (1990) #1
Why He’s #10: “So-called legacy heroes almost never survive in the Marvel Universe, but Danny Ketch is the exception that proves the rule. The second Ghost Rider debuted in 1990 and soon blazed his own trail. Flaming chains whipping about him, the anti-hero clashed with the likes of Spider-Man, the X-Men, and especially the Punisher. But most often the Rider saved his vengeance for Blackout, the dark villain who murdered his sister. Ketch soon learned he was the long-lost brother of original Rider Johnny Blaze, and the pair teamed up both as a duo and with the mystic team known as the Midnight Sons. Since then, Ketch has remained an active part of the Rider’s world.” – Kiel Phegley
Digital Comics Spotlight:
GHOST RIDER (1990) #5

Scarlet Spider (Ben Reilly)

Scarlet Spider (Ben Reilly)

9. THE SCARLET SPIDER (Ben Reilly)
First Appearance: WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #118
Why He’s #9: “Created to be a villain and destroy Spider-Man, the clone who would come to be known as Ben Reilly had every reason to take the easy way out: slay Peter Parker, steal his life, and no one would be the wiser. In the end, however, Reilly was too much like the man whose DNA and memories he shared to either kill Peter or reject the axiom of with ‘With great power comes great responsibility.’ Thus, although it often left him grieving for the life he could not have, Reilly donned the costume of the Scarlet Spider and protected people, alongside his genetic twin, on his own, or with the New Warriors. The Scarlet Spider, time and again, rejected that which seemed to promise him his best chances at happiness so he could do the right thing proving, clone or not, he was unquestionably a hero.” – Tim Stevens
Digital Comics Spotlight:
WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #122

Gambit by David Yardin

Gambit by David Yardin

8. GAMBIT
First Appearance: UNCANNY X-MEN #266
Why He’s #8: “Gambit defines the idiom ‘lucky at cards, unlucky in love.’ The charismatic mutant from New Orleans exemplifies cool. He has slick powers, an incredibly tragic love life—you gotta pull for him and Rogue—and he’s got style to spare. Since bursting on the scene in 1990, Remy LeBeau has pretty much batted the cycle as far as mutants are concerned. He’s been an intricate part of the X-Men and X-Factor, he’s partnered with Storm, had a piece of his brain taken by Mr. Sinister, and he even rolled with the Horsemen Of Apocalypse as Death himself. Trained by the Thieves’ Guild, the Ragin’ Cajun has more than a few tricks up his sleeve and continues to prove why it’s always best to play with a full deck of cards—especially when you can make them explode.” – Rick Laprade
Digital Comics Spotlight:
GAMBIT (1993) #1

Domino

Domino

7. DOMINO
First Appearance: NEW MUTANTS #98
Why She’s #7: “Thanks to her probability manipulation powers, things just seem to fall into place for the mercenary-turned-super hero named Domino. Don’t let her black and white demeanor fool you; this gun slinging and wisecracking mutant has one colorful personality. She even has a few different first appearances under her pouch covered belt, making her a contender for the most ‘90’s member of the extremely radical X-Force. She first appeared in NEW MUTANTS #98 as one of Cable’s go-to allies, and she helped him make the teen team more militaristic. A later visit from Deadpool revealed that Domino to be an imposter and also brought the genuine article into the fray. With her identity straightened out and her place on X-Force secured, Domino has evolved into the X-Men’s resident black ops specialist and good luck charm—accept no substitutes.” – Brett White
Digital Comics Spotlight:
X-FORCE #107

Marvel.com's Top 1990's Heroes

Marvel.com’s Top 1990’s Heroes

6. WAR MACHINE (James Rhodes)
First Appearance: IRON MAN #282
Why He’s #6: “It cannot be easy to be the follow-up act, especially when the person you are following is named Tony Stark and the role is Iron Man. That was life for James Rhodes who was recruited and periodically donned the armor of his friend and boss. But Rhodes became more than a stand-in and before long he had to strike out on his own. Rechristening himself War Machine and piloting the Variable Threat Response Battle Suit armor, he quickly proved that he was no mere second fiddle. Guided by his own morality now, Rhodes did not always fall into lockstep behind his friend or the Avengers, but there was never any doubt that he was every bit the hero.” – Tim Stevens
Digital Comics Spotlight:
IRON MAN #310

The New Warriors

The New Warriors

5. THE NEW WARRIORS
First Appearance: THOR #411
Why They’re #5: “By the time we reached the 90’s, we had the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Avengers, and all their various spin-off groups, but these teams represented the past—those of us just coming into comics needed heroes for our generation. Enter the New Warriors, a new team with a diverse line-up featuring dark vigilante Night Thrasher, experienced hero Nova, conflicted mutant Firestar, straight arrow Marvel Boy, hot-tempered Namorita, and, of course, Speedball. The interpersonal drama generated by their extremely varied backgrounds and social beliefs—also: kissing—proved just as enjoyable to read about as them taking on foes like Psionex or The Sphinx. Two themes pervaded the initial run of the New Warriors: figuring out how to do the right thing in a more complicated world than other heroes came up in and making the hard choices that came with that mission statement. The original New Warriors have been often imitated, but never quite duplicated due to the unique love this combination of characters and their complex adventures yielded.” – Ben Morse
Digital Comics Spotlight:
AVENGERS #341

X-Force by Greg Capullo

X-Force by Greg Capullo

4. X-FORCE
First Appearance: NEW MUTANTS #100 
Why They’re #4: “After years of waiting to become the next X-Men, the New Mutants had become impatient. Abandoned by their supposed mentors, from Professor X to Magneto and the rest of the adult mutant group, they lacked direction. Enter Cable. The mysterious soldier from the future took control of the teen team and forged them into the paramiltary X-Force unit, proactively attacking threats ignored by the X-Men and X-Factor. However, before long, Cannonball and company would show their new leader as much as he imparted on them, and X-Force would prove to be the melting pot of all their teachers’ philosophies. With or without Cable at the head of the table, the one-time X-Men-in-waiting turned out to be the mutants who could balance multiple dreams and do what needed to be done in order to advance their cause.” – Ben Morse
Digital Comics Spotlight: X-FORCE (1991) #1

The Thunderbolts by Mark Bagley

The Thunderbolts by Mark Bagley

3. THE THUNDERBOLTS
First Appearance: INCREDIBLE HULK #449 
Why They’re #3: Do not pretend otherwise. There is no shame in it. The Thunderbolts surprised us all. Looking for all the world like a generic Avengers, a sort of copy of a copy standing in for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes after the events of Onslaught caused most of that team to disappear, the T-bolts hardly seemed to be poised to provide one of the biggest twist endings of the 90’s. And yet, there, on the final page, stood the team revealed as their true selves: the Masters of Evil in hero drag. What makes the Thunderbolts endear, however, comes after that moment. They were not just a twist ending in their first issue, but a complicated and challenging story of loyalty, redemption, world domination, love, interdimensional travel, and more. That template, established from the moment they arrived on the scene, has kept the team relevant through multiple volumes and lineups. Not bad for a team that had us all thinking they were Avengers-lite.” – Tim Stevens
Digital Comics Spotlight: THUNDERBOLTS (1997) #1


Deadpool

Deadpool

2. DEADPOOL
First Appearance: NEW MUTANTS #98
Why He’s #2: “Who’s Deadpool? Some call him an opportunist, some call him an anti-hero, still others call him late for dinner, but there’s no denying that the infamous ‘Merc with a Mouth’ himself thinks he’s the greatest mutant manhunter this poor world’s ever been saddled with. Wade Wilson’s got this incredible personal healing factor, see? With that in his arsenal, plus a few big guns and even bigger knives, he’s the guy you hire when all the smart people say ‘no!’ Deadpool will go anywhere, do anything, eat anything! And like it! I mean weird, right? All this along with his inimitable sick sense of humor made him a standout in his early appearances; when the razor’s edge walk between moral and unhinged kicked in not long after—a balance he struggles to maintain to this day—he became one of Marvel’s most indelible additions in recent memory.” – Jim Beard
Digital Comics Spotlight:
DEADPOOL (1993) #1


Untitled Image

Untitled Image

1. CABLE
First Appearance: NEW MUTANTS #87
Why He’s #1: “For better or worse, no Marvel character better embodies the 1990’s better than Nathan Summers, aka Cable. He burst on the scene enshrouded in mystery, his striking design and massive weapons assuring that nobody would ignore him. Whereas the New Mutants had forever been the overshadowed younger siblings to the X-Men, Cable imparted his ‘get them before they can get you’ philosophy on them and created X-Force. As the decade wore on, the enigmatic origins of the character came unraveled, revealing his ties to Cyclops and a troubled childhood he overcame through grit and faith in his destiny. The Cable who exited the 90’s only superficially resembled the one who entered it; embracing his lineage but not letting go of the experiences that forged him, he became equal parts soldier and philosopher. Early on, Cable may have seemed a fleeting figured destined to fade with his era, but the deeper layers to the character ensured his vibrant march into the modern day.” – Ben Morse
Digital Comics Spotlight:
CABLE: BLOOD & METAL #1

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Cable visits a library and Rictor remembers to leave a note in this action-packed issue!

It’s time to face facts, true believers – the ’90s were awesome. The pouches were plentiful, the costumes were impractical, and Marvel Universe dentists made a fortune correcting damages caused by perpetually gritted teeth. Thanks to the power of nostalgia, though, what would once be considered extremely embarrassing can now be called extremely awesome!

With that in mind, we’ve pulled a Marvel comic from the not-so-modern era and broken it down, one fresh fact at a time! This week we’re singling out NEW MUTANTS #98 by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza. Here’s “The Beginning of the End” by the numbers!

New Mutants (1983) #98

New Mutants (1983) #98

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3907 minutes pass from the first page to the last — 8:22 AM on December 3 to 1:29 AM on December 6

Art from New Mutants #98

Art from New Mutants #98

 

41 visible books in the X-Mansion library, most likely all ruined by that BWOMPOOM

Art from New Mutants #98

Art from New Mutants #98

 

20 visible pouches, compartments, and capsules on Deadpool’s costume

Art from New Mutants #98

Art from New Mutants #98

 

15 KLIKs

Art from New Mutants #98

Art from New Mutants #98

 

5 potential recruits quickly dismissed by Cable

Art from New Mutants #98

Art from New Mutants #98

 

5 visible pouches on Domino’s belt — and 3 knives in Deadpool’s back

Art from New Mutants #98

Art from New Mutants #98

 

4 questions asked by Boom Boom in 1 panel

Art from New Mutants #98

Art from New Mutants #98

 

1 goodbye letter

Art from New Mutants #98

Art from New Mutants #98

The merc with a mouth gets a rematch with the militant mutants next month in DEADPOOL VS. X-FORCE #1!

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