Over the past few years, I've been in and out of the X-world, and most of what I've read are not the core titles of that corner of the Marvel U. One of my favorites over that time was Cable, as the whole series revolved around his hopping through time with Hope and trying to raise her and prepare her for the major role she would play in our present time.
In a lot of ways, Cable and X-Force picks up where that series left off. Of course,there are some major events that have occurred in the world of the X-Men recently, but the heart of this book has become the dynamic between Cable and Hope, and that's what I really like about it. In this issue, X-Force is trying to avert a terrorist attack that is designed to frame mutants and start a chain reaction of "humans vs. mutants" activities. Cable is still struggling with being overprotective of Hope, and that comes to the forefront in this issue, as he tries to keep her from accompanying X-Force on their mission.
Writer Dennis Hopeless seems to have really dialed in on the dynamic between Cable and Hope, which I think is imperative to getting this book right. Salvadore Larocca has no trouble depicting both the character drama and the action in this one, and as always, Frank D'Armata's colors are superb.
Even if you're not that interested in the X-universe, Cable and X-Force provides and interesting family dynamic, a solid supporting cast and enough action that you'll get your money's worth.
4 out of 5