Next up is the second issue of the Avengers: X-Sanction mini-series. Since this mini is only 4 issues long, when I finish this issue off, I'll be at the halfway point and as such should have a really good feeling for the direction headed here. Now, the first issue had Captain America losing to Cable in one of the most ludicrous ways imaginable, I'm going to predict, before I even open this comic book up, that Iron Man is defeated by Cable in an even more idiotic way! Let's see if I'm right or if Jeph Loeb rights the ship here.
Avengers: X-Sanction #2(of 4):
Summary: Iron Man, realizing that Captain America and Falcon had vanished and weren't responding to his calls, follows Falcon's bird, Redwing, to Cable's secret freighter. As for Cable, he tells Captain America that he had only blasted him with a stun ray, and that was to keep Cap from killing himself in the torture chair Cable placed him in... Uh-huh... Cable rambles about how he didn't understand why the Avengers were after Our Lord and Savior Hope(because she's the be all and end all of the Marvel Universe!! The most important character EVER created!! The greatest!! The best!! But I digress...) and arms himself with some Stark tech from the future. Iron Man enters the freighter and discovers Cap and Falcon and is immediately attacked by Cable. The fight rapidly spills outside into the water, where Iron Man manages to analyze and neutralize the armor components Cable was using. Unfortunately, in doing so Cable is able to introduce a virus into Iron Man's armor which temporarily shuts it down, allowing Cable to defeat Iron Man. With Iron Man defeated, Cable puts him in a torture chair too! What the hell, was Magneto having a yard sale one day and Cable brought all of his torture chairs?! Before Cable can gloat at Iron Man, he is blasted in the back by the Red Hulk, who had swiped some of Cable's advanced weaponry upon entering Cable's freighter of fun. This issue ends with Cable hearing(or thinking he hears) Our Lord and Savior Hope imploring him to fight on while the Techno-Organic Virus begins to envelop him.
Thoughts: Okay, first things first... Yes, Cable is from the future. That is a given. As such, he's acquired a bunch of advanced technology, such as the futuristic Iron Man armor. Now, here's my problem. Tony Stark is one of the smartest characters in the entire Marvel Universe. Marvel itself has his intelligence listed at a 6(out of 7), which means Tony isn't just a genius, he's a SUPER-genius. That puts him on par with the Reed Richards', the Victor Von Dooms, the Hank Pyms of the Marvel Universe... In this issue? He was outsmarted by Cable. Cable, whose intelligence according to Marvel's official stats falls at a 3, which means he's slightly above average. So Cable outsmarting one of the smartest men in the Marvel Universe would be akin to me defeating one of the greatest chess grandmasters at a game of chess... In other words? It should NEVER happen. Besides that, I still don't get WHY I should be rooting for Cable here... I mean he's obviously the protagonist in this mini-series, but all he's done has been to act like a villain, all due to some vague, and thus far, completely bogus threat to Our Lord and Savior Hope... Would it be too much to TALK to the Avengers, since, you know, they've never been known to act villainously before? Besides all of those complaints? I actually enjoyed this issue! Go figure!! Seriously, if you overlook all of the stupid stuff that SHOULDN'T have happened, and pretended that Cable was a good guy and the Avengers were a bunch of nameless bad guys, this issue was a good read. The art was good, and the story moved along at a brisk pace. So oddly enough, while I hated the main points here, I liked this issue as a whole. One thing is for certain though, come the next issue I will be rooting HARD for the Red Hulk for the first time in my life!
Score: 6 1/2 out of 10.Yeah sure, Cable is smarter than Tony Stark. And I'm the pope and the Queen of England all rolled into one.