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The Best Cable Storylines To Get To Know Nathan Summers

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Of all the mutants in the Marvel Universe, Cable is easily the most interesting. He's the product of Mr. sinister's machinations, which resulted in the cloning of Jean Grey, which in turn bore a son named Nathan Summers, who was shot into the future to be raised. His folks' minds hopped into the future to raise him, and he ultimately became Cable, a time-traveling uber-mutant from the future! He's a fan-favorite, and because he has always been so popular, he's been in some of the most important stories to feature mutants in the Marvel Universe.

Over the 30+ years he's been skipping through time and shooting up the place, there have been tons of comic books, great stories, graphic novels, trade paperbacks, comic book issues, story arcs, storylines, and one-shot books about Cable, making it hard to determine which is the best of Cable's greatest adventures. This list attempts the impossible by narrowing the best down to the top 20. You can also use this list as a Cable reading guide.

Check out the stories listed below, and if you see your favorites, vote them up. Then check back to see which of these comics is the best Cable story ever told!

  • 1

    The X-Cutioner’s Song

    Story Found In: Uncanny X-Men #294-297, X-Factor #84-86, X-Men #14-16, X-Force #16-18 & Stryfe's Strike File

    Details: One of the deadliest villains to go after Jean Grey in the 1990s was Stryfe. The man had a vendetta against Jean Grey and Scott Summers, though they didn't know what they had ever done to make him angry. Eventually, it was revealed that Stryfe was the time-traveling son of the pair, but not really.

    It's well-known that Cable is the son of Jean and Scott, but so is Stryfe, only he's a clone of Cable. Cable was partially raised by his parents, thanks to their minds being sent to the future for a time, but Stryfe grew up hating them, so when he showed up in the 1990s to battle them, he was just as deadly as Cable, only he wasn't on their side.

    A great storyline?
  • 2

    The Adventures Of Cyclops And Phoenix

    Story Found In: The Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix #1-4

    Details: It's well-known that Nathan Summers, otherwise known as Cable, is the child of Scott Summers and Madelyn Prior, the clone of Jean Grey. Unfortunately, in order to save their son from Apocalypse, they were forced to cast him far into the future, which robbed them of the joy in raising their son.

    In "The Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix," they get their chance when their own minds are sent into the future. In their case, they each possessed the bodies of Slym and Redd. While they were there in the future, they raised and protected their son long enough for him to become Cable, and it helped to further cement the bond of family that they lacked before this story went to print.

    A great storyline?
  • 3

    The Hellfire Hunt

    Story Found In: Cable #48-53, Cable & Machine Man Annual 1998, Machine Man & Bastion Annual 1998, and Wolverine/Cable #1

    Details: "The Hellfire Hunt" begins with the introduction of Irene Merryweather, a woman who would become Cable's friend and biographer. Cable begins the story by traveling all over the world to fight some of the X-Men's greatest villains of the Hellfire Club, who have banded together in an attempt to steal Apocalypse's technology.

    The Hellfire Club has joined forces with another time traveler, and it's going to take every trick in Cable's toolbox to take them down. The story also introduced the Harbinger of Apocalypse, though the character wouldn't make many appearances after this one. The story was beautifully illustrated by Jose Ladronn with James Robinson and Joe Casey on to write.

    A great storyline?
  • 4


    Story Found In: Cable & X-Force #1-5

    Details: In "Wanted," Hope Summers is a teenager in the present, and her surrogate father, Cable, is experiencing some strange anomalies where his powers are concerned. He's seeing visions of a horrible future, and he's going to do whatever he can to ensure it never comes to pass.

    Meanwhile, Hope has hung up her cape, so to speak, and is trying to be a normal teenager. Of course, it never lasts when you're a powerful messianic force in the Marvel Universe, and she opts to help her dad deal with his power surges despite his insistence she do nothing of the sort. It's a great story featuring their ever-developing relationship, and likely the best one featuring both characters.

    A great storyline?