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Kirkman said issue #75 is a good jumping on point for new readers or anyone curious about the Ultimate Universe incarnation of Cable. "As long as you have a general knowledge of The X-Men and who Professor X is, you should be able to follow it," Kirkman told CBR News. "There are a few references to Nightcrawler's episode from the annual and a few points brought up from my last nine issues, but for the most part it should be easy to follow along. It's kinda like a new beginning in a lot of ways and it sets the stage for some big changes ahead."
The beginning of the "Cable" arc finds the X-Men, who have weathered a lot of big changes recently, emotionally bruised and battered. "Jean has just had another Phoenix episode, which they now know a little more about, but just barely, so there are a lot of unknowns there," Kirkman said. "Nightcrawler has lost it a little and is being kept in a trance by Xavier. Dazzler just woke up from her coma and quit the team (although I would like to point out she's not out of the book just because she's not on the team. I have big plans for her). Rogue just got her normal powers back - which is an enormous burden on her. And this Magician fellow just weaseled his way onto the team and ran amok. They've been through a lot recently. Their spirits are a bit broken."
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"Cable is an unstoppable soldier, at odds with the X-Men," Kirkman continued. "It's going to be a high-action thrill ride with drastic consequences. This will be a very different book when this story is over and done."
In addition to the regular X-Men and Cable, a number of supporting characters play roles in the story. "Bishop will also make an appearance, though I'll keep his allegiance and motives secret for now," Kirkman stated. "We'll see Syndicate again, I dig that character - and I'll also say Cable didn't come back in time alone."
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In the recent issues of "Ultimate X-Men," a number of the romantic and personal relationship sub-plots started to heat up. Readers can expect a little of these elements in the "Cable" story arc, but the primary focus of the story will be action. "There will be a little bit of Rogue and Iceman dealing with her powers returning, but the focus of this arc shifts away from the romance and toward the action and fighting." Kirkman explained. "I like to shake things up a bit. A little romance here, some action there, quiet stories, loud stories, I don't want to do the same things over and over. The 'Cable' arc will be a departure from the other things I've done with this book so far."
One of the ways the "Cable" arc will differ from Kirkman's other stories is that it's a very dark toned, almost realistic tale of dramatic superhero action. "The science fiction elements are downplayed somewhat," Kirkman stated. "Once you get past the fact that Cable is from the future it's a somewhat grounded story - as far as superhero comics go. It's a very dark and violent story, though - much more so than anything else I've done at Marvel - yes, even 'Marvel Zombies.'"
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The "Cable" arc of "Ultimate X-Men" looks to be a huge story and both Kirkman and artist Ben Oliver want to make sure fans get their money's worth. "I'm really giving this arc my all - throwing in everything I've got," Kirkman stated. "I'm proud of the work Ben Oliver and I have done on it and I think everyone involved is thrilled to see it in print. I don't think fans quite know what they're in for. So if you're on the fence about picking this up, starting this book or staying with it - give it a shot. You won't be disappointed."