Last month, Marvel Comics killed off one of its most beloved X-Men. Later this year, his fellow mutants will get a little time to say goodbye.
The publisher announced Tuesday that this December will see the release of X-Men: The Exterminated #1, a one-shot comic that will allow mutants from throughout the history of the X-Men to say goodbye to the legendary Cable. Cable, a mutant warrior from the future who recently arrived in live action for the first time thanks to Deadpool 2, was killed last month in the pages of the first issue of the Extermination miniseries, a still-ongoing story that threatens various time-traveling mutants. Cable was shot by a younger version of himself as part of a story that still hasn't fully resolved (though it will by year's end), and now The Exterminated will allow his friends to deal with the loss, particularly his adoptive daughter Hope Summers.
The one-shot will see the reunion of writers Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler from their days working on Cable together, and will feature art by Neil Edwards (Dark Avengers, X-Factor). Plus, the comic will include a backup story celebrating the life of Nathan Summers (Cable's birth name) by none other than Chris Claremont, the most influential X-Men writer of all time, who's recently returned to the Marvel fold.
“This issue is our chance to say a proper farewell to Cable, to honor his legacy, and to really see the immense impact the time travelling mutant had on those closest to him,” Nadler said in a press release. “Most importantly, it's about how the Summers family copes with grief, and the difficulty of forging ahead. The issue is packed with fan favorite X-Men from all different eras, and we're super excited to be bringing them together, despite the somber occasion.”
X-Men: The Exterminated #1 is on sale December 5. Check out Geoff Shaw's cover for the issue above.