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Author: Robert Diehl
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Updated: Version 2.5, last modified October 6, 2001

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Issue:	Cable 79
Date:	May-00
Story:	Fire Burn (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cable
Regular Characters:	Stacey Kramer (in flashback)
Guest Stars:	Cyclops, Phoenix (both in flashback)
Villains:	Apocalypse (in flashback); Aentaros; Dr. Randall Shire, Key, Wall;
Ranshi Imperials including Kriven
Other Characters:	3 witches; Andy, Jane, their sons; Berger
Credits:	Writer & Art: Robert Weinberg, Michael Ryan
	Inks: Andrew Pepoy
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraftıs Saida Temofonte
	Colors: Gloria Vasquez
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Cable wanders the streets of New York alone, pondering a
post-Apocalyptic purpose. Time stops, and Macbethıs three witches appear, warning
him of tests and giving him a vision of a family guy named Andy who goes berzerk
and shoots up Shireıs religious meeting at Madison Square Garden.
	Released, Cable sprints to the Garden and throws a force field around Andy
and realizes heıs possessed. He calls himself Aentaros, says heıll be back, and
blows himself up with two grenades.
	Shire plots to enslave the world and prepares with Key and Wall to fight off
Aentaros, who is an agent of Azazel.
	Kriven is used as bait to lure Cable into a warehouse, where he fights off
Ranshi androids, who then disappear.
	Berger, an archaeologist, finds a lost city in the Sinai, which he thinks is
Atlantis (he hasnıt read about Namor?).
	Aentaros possesses Blockade, who has been in a coma in a SHIELD hospital
since Cable mind-wiped him (iss. 56).
	Cable walks through the door of his safehouse but finds himself in another
world.

Issue:	Cable 80
Date:	Jun-00
Story:	ŠCauldron Bubble (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cable
Regular Characters:	Irene Merryweather, Blaquesmith
Guest Stars:	G.W. Bridge
Villains:	Randall Shire, Wall; Ranshi Imperials including Malan; Manual, Eyla,
and Ezra Cire; Aentaros in Blockade
Other Characters:	Jason Cross, Karen Gleason; Prof. Henry Oxton (see iss. 81),
Berger, Clarity, Greg, Lea
Credits:	Writer: Robert Weinberg
	Art: Michael Ryan, Scott Hanna
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraftıs Saida Temofonte
	Colors: Gloria Vasquez
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Cable tries to reorient himself and finds Eyla singing and painting
in the woods, with her pet sabretooth. She hospitably takes him to Niers, a city
on Harmony, which is earth in the distant, utopian future. He father realizes
Cable is from the past and tells him there is a war with the Ranshi in another
timeline. They throw a party for him, say they can cure his t-o virus, and
mention that they prevent mutants. Just then the Ranshi attack, and Cable is
pushed back to the present.
	Shire mesmerizes his audience. Archaeologists Oxton and Berger are stopped by
superstitious natives. Aenteros possessing Blockade breaks out of and burns down
the SHIELD hospital.
	Irene gets Cable to meet Clarity, a secretive reporter she knows. He is able
to process information like a computer, watching all news channels
simultaneously. Just then, both Blockade and the Ranshi attack.

Issue:	Cable 81
Date:	Jul-00
Story:	The Nexus of Time and Space (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cable
Regular Characters:	Irene Merryweather, Blaquesmith
Guest Stars:	G.W. Bridge
Villains:	Aentaros in Blockade; Ranshi Imperials including Sandella; Manuel
and Eyla Cire; Shire, Key, Wall
Other Characters:	3 witches, Andy, Eyla, Clarity (all in flashback), Greg,
Lea; Oxton, Berger, Sheik Hamid
Credits:	Writer: Robert Weinberg
	Art: Michael Ryan, Andrew Pepoy
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraftıs Saida Temofonte
	Colors: Gloria Vasquez
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	The Ranshi have Cable captive. 2000 years in the future they
conquered the galaxy, but the three witches warn the emperor of an alternate
universe, Harmony. They realize Cable is the nexus and immediately return him
before they damage the time stream.
	He returns to fighting Aentaros, disabling him. Aentaros twists his own head
to commit suicide in Blockadeıs body, vowing to return.
	Bridge visits Shire to warn him about Blockade and is mesmerized. Shire plans
to take control of the U.S. government.
	Clarity, speaking through Lea and Greg, explains that the five Undying,
including Aentaros, have existed throughout history, killing, being executed,
then reappearing. Cable has Blaquesmith rig a device to restrain Aentaros when he
finds a new host. Irene realizes Randall Shire is the origin of the Ranshi and
goes to investigates Harmony.
	The witches appear to Manuel Cire and tell him Cable is the key to victory
over the Ranshi, so he and Eyla travel to the past.
	Hamid warns Oxton that Azazel guards the ancient doors he has found. He
ignores him, and suddenly freezes like a statue. Berger takes a digital photo of
the site.
	Cable tells Bridge where to find Blockadeıs body, then returns to find
Blaquesmith attacked by Aentaros, who has possessed Irene.

Issue:	Cable 82
Date:	Aug-00
Story:	Irene Must Die! (21 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cable
Regular Characters:	Irene Merryweather, Blaquesmith
Guest Stars:	Rachel Summers (Phoenix II/Mother Askani), G.W. Bridge, Domino
Villains:	the Undying including Aenteros, Semijan; Azazel; Shire, Key, Wall;
Ranshi Imperials including Sandella; Manuel and Eyla Cire
Other Characters:	Clarity, Greg, Lea
Credits:	Writer: Robert Weinberg
	Art: Michael Ryan, Andrew Pepoy
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraftıs Saida Temofonte
	Colors: Gloria Vasquez
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Aenteros in Ireneıs body attacks Cable: if he kills him, he kills
her. So he kills her, with a TK-induced heart-attack. At the same time, he calls
the EMTıs, who revive her. Blaquesmith recovers and completes a device that can
contain Aenteros.
	Cable sees a vision of Rachel caged, then gets to the hospital to visit
Irene. She says the five Undying are ageless homicidal maniacs, and Azazel is
their judge (echoes of the Gamesmaster?).
	Clarity has found Bergerıs photo of Azazelıs temple and data from Key, who is
working to free himself from Shire. They and Wall are brothers from Australia,
who used their low-level mutant powers to run a circus. Then Semijan possessed
Shire.
	The Cires jump back to the past to find Cable, before the Ranshi destroy
their timeline. They drop shields to port Cable aboard; the Ranshis detect them
and port themselves in as well, and battle ensues. Cable realizes both Eyla and
Sandelli are alternates of Aliya. He telepathically stops forces all to stop
fighting and makes them explain why he is the nexus: if he stops an assassin from
killing Shire, he takes over the world; if not, Harmony.
	Bridge is mesmerized and guards Shire. Domino is the assassin.

Issue:	Cable 83
Date:	Sep-00
Story:	Reality Trembles (21 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cable
Regular Characters:	Blaquesmith
Guest Stars:	Rachel Summers, SHIELD including G.W. Bridge, Garrett; Domino
Villains:	Aenteros, Semijan; Shire, Wall, Key; Ranshi Imperials including
Sandella; Eyla Cire
Other Characters:	Greg, Lea; 3 witches; Oxton, Sheik Hamid
Credits:	Writer: Robert Weinberg
	Art: Michael Ryan, Andrew Pepoy
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraftıs Saida Temofonte
	Colors: Gloria Vasquez
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Aenteros in Domino stalks Semijan in Shire. Cable goes to Bridge to
help stop her, not realizing heıs mesmerized. Greg and Lea show up, having
located Berger. Domino sneaks backstage, while Bridge orders his men to shoot to
kill.
	The three witches stop time and appear to Cable, claiming to be the Norns,
Fates, and Furies, and representing past, present, and future. This is Cableıs
fourth judgment, and secrets will be revealed.
	Time continues. Lea and Greg sneak back to free Key. Bridge, Cable, Wall, and
Domino move in on Shire, interrupting his speech. Cable uses his TK to remove the
dynamite Domino is carrying, and they fight hand-to-hand. Cable uses a gun
Blaquesmith made to trap her. Aenteros and Semijan argue telepathically about the
rules of the game; Shire voices his disgust for her, and his mesmerized audience
begins repeating the words, instantly hating him, and even Wall turns against
him.
	Cable has Bridge gag Shire and confine him and Domino. In space, the Ranshi
and Harmony ships are each cut off from their futures and believe the other side
won. Cable allies with Wall and Key to stop the Undying. He sees a vision of
Rachel captive, and prepares to go to Azazelıs temple.

Issue:	Cable 84
Date:	Oct-00
Story:	Out of Space & Time (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cable
Regular Characters:	Irene Merryweather
Guest Stars:	Phoenix (Jean Grey-Summers), Beast (Dr. Henry P. McCoy), Domino,
Rachel Summers
Villains:	The Undying, Gaunt
Other Characters:	Key, Wall, Sheik Hamid, Oxton, Randall Shire, Eyla, Sandella
Credits:	Writer: Robert Weinberg
	Pencils: Michael Ryan
	Inks: Massengil, Pepoy
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraftıs Saida!
	Colors: Liquid!
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Cable, Key, Wall, Phoenix, Beast, Hamid, and Berger go to Azazelıs
temple in the Sinai. Behind its indestructible doors, Jean senses five inhuman
minds in trances, and a sixth, Azazel, protecting them, which she holds off. Hank
finds an unnatural rock formation, and Key decrypts the lock. Azazel summons the
Undyingsı minds home, as Cableıs team enters. They realize the temple is an alien
spaceship, each Undying having brought a favorite body from a different ravaged
world. Azazel is the shipıs AI, which is keeping score.
	The Undying release their host bodies around the world and return to attack.
Cableıs team defeats them, but they are unfazed: if killed, they will just jump
to other bodies. But Key has accessed Azazel and learned that the shipıs AI and
the Undying were all created by a race of scientists, the Serayn, to explore the
universe. But the Undying, amoral, went on a killing spree.
	Key reprograms Azazel to allow the Undying to transfer only into the bodies
of cockroaches, where they will live and die for the next few million years.
Cable and team bury the temple under a rockslide.
	Cable visits Irene in the hospital and tells her all. Eyla and Sandella port
him away for a quick goodbye: he has prevented both of their timelines from
occurring, so they have decided to team up and do good in the present.
	Cable dreams of his sister Rachel held prisoner by Gaunt. He visits Andy
Carmodyıs widow at his gravesite and tells her he died saving others.

Issue:	Cable 85
Date:	Nov-00
Story:	Undertow (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cable
Regular Characters:	Irene Merryweather, Blaquesmith
Guest Stars:	Rachel Summers
Villains:	the Black Dawn, Gaunt
Other Characters:	Alecto, Shin
Credits:	Writer: Robert Weinberg
	Pencils: Michael Ryan
	Inks: Massengil, Pepoy
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraftıs Saida!
	Colors: Liquid!
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Alecto stops time and wakes Irene, saying she is the Chronicler
whose words will be read by millions. She says Apocalypseıs defeat was just the
start of Cableıs destiny and raises suspicions about Blaquesmith, who was
Rachelıs first Askani acolyte (X-Men: Phoenix miniseries). She tells Irene to
investigate why Cable is the ³Chosen One.²
	Cable is fascinated by a new shop that teaches martial arts. He finds Shin
sitting quietly inside. They spar, and she defeats him, serves tea, and promises
to continue his lessons next week. Then she and the dojo disappear, leaving Cable
bruised on the street.
	In another reality, the leader of the Black Dawn sends them to find Shinıs
new apprentice.
	Cable tells Irene about his sister: he is having visions, and he suits up to
go rescue her. Blaquesmith created a time machine for him, but he warns that time
travel is treacherous. He tells Cable to use Rachelıs mind as a beacon to find
her, and Blaquesmithıs to get back. Rachel is two billion years in the future,
after a million years of darkness, when all alternate realities died out. Earth
is barren, except for one mansion.
	Cable finds Gaunt holding Rachel captive; dampening fields inhibit his
telepathy and his weapons. Gaunt says he wants to study heroism; Rachel says
thatıs because he is totally evil, so good is alien to him.
	Gaunt was a warlord, who conquered for 10,000 years. Trillions died, then he
was defeated and exiled to Earth till the stars die. Rachel emerged from the
timestream (Excalibur 75) and was trapped there with him. He probed her mind and
learned of great warriors like Cable, so he lured him there for hand-to-hand
combat.

Issue:	Cable 86
Date:	Dec-00
Story:	Last Man Standing (21 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cable
Regular Characters:	Irene Merryweather, Blaquesmith
Guest Stars:	Rachel Summers
Villains:	Gaunt, the Three
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Robert Weinberg
	Pencils: Essad Ribic
	Inks: Lary Stucker
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraftıs Saida!
	Colors: Hi Fi Design
	Asst. Editor: Pete Franco
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
Synopsis:	Irene and Blaquesmith wait for Cable to return, while the witches
observe.
	Cable meditates to regain strength and battles the T-O virus. Rachel tells
him itıs just a nightmare; Gaunt is playing with his mind, and he is a sadist.
The Phoenix force left her during the million dark years, so she just has her
native telepathy and telekinesis. They hug, family despite alternate realities.
	Rachel says Gaunt is techno-organic; Gaunt says he is bored and lonely: peace
and seclusion are his hell.
	They bare-knuckle fight, with steel knuckles. Gaunt wins. But Cable manages
to get his blood on him, and his virulent T-O virus takes over Gaunt, felling
him. It will take decades for him to learn to control it.
	Rachel takes Cable back into the timestream; they go past the sunıs death and
slingshot to the past.
	Gauntıs judges thank him for reuniting the Summerses and put him to death.
	Back home, Cable tells Rachel everything that has happened since she left,
including the fact that she will become Mother Askani. She decides to take some
time off, maybe go to college. Cable agrees not to let anyone know sheıs back.

Issue:	Cable 87
Date:	Jan-01
Story:	Dreamıs End Part 2 of 4: Life Decisions (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cable
Regular Characters:	Professor (in flashback)
Guest Stars:	Rogue (in flashback), Gambit, Beast, Colossus
Villains:	bullies including Jake (in flashback); the Brotherhood of Mutants:
Post, Blob, Avalanche, Mastermind II; Sen. Robert Kelly; Pyro
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Robert Weinberg
	Pencils: Michael Ryan
	Inks: Ketchum, Pertzborn
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraftıs Saida!
	Colors: Hi Fi Design
	Asst. Editor: Pete Franco
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
Synopsis:	Note: this happens after Uncanny X-Men 388.
	Flashback: bullies in a pickup chase Rogue, a young girl. She runs square
into Cableıs chest: the early Cable. He carries an enormous gun but uses his TK
to stop the boys. He wants to take her away, but Professor says he shouldnıt
involve children in his struggles. He bodyslides away.
	In Boston, Cable defends Kelly against the Brotherhood of Mutants. Gambit,
Beast, and Colossus provide backup. Colossus takes the brunt of Postıs attack;
Cable telekinetically tosses Blob, to his great surprise. An old man in the
corner removes his hat, and Cable sees itıs Pyro, dying of the Legacy Virus. He
realizes this is all a setup and throws his psimitar into Mastermind, so her
illusions dissipate. Post has Kelly, but Pyro uses his power to stop him, pleads
with Kelly to make the hatred stop, and dies.
	Note: the story continues in Bishop 16.

Issue:	Cable 88
Date:	Feb-01
Story:	Earth Abides (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cable
Regular Characters:	Irene Merryweather
Guest Stars:	Dr. Moira MacTaggert, Prof. Charles Xavier (both in flashback),
Storm (Ororo Munroe), Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner)
Villains:	the Dark Sisterhood including Mother of Night
Other Characters:	Lobenzano
Credits:	Writer: Robert Weinberg
	Pencils: Michael Ryan
	Inks: Ted Pertzborn, Rob Hunter
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraftıs Saida!
	Colors: Hi Fi Design
	Asst. Editor: Pete Franco
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
Synopsis:	Cable is troubled he didnıt protect Moira, his first friend here
(iss. -1). He lays flowers on her grave in Scotland, where Storm meets him. He
has been fighting all his life, but villains keep coming. She says she knows
someone who can help.
	Four days later, Cable sees a movie with Irene, and the Dark Sisterhood
observe. They protect drug lords and recently expanded to New York. Lobenzano
cheated them, so they kill everyone in his organization and all their families,
then send him out as a warning. They plan to kill Cable and his sister.
	Irene says Cable is a hero like Tom Cody, the Michael Pare character in
³Streets of Fire,² and yells at him for wallowing in self-pity.
	At midnight, Cable takes a cab to St. Bartholomewıs in Brooklyn, whose
graveyard grate warns, ³Man comes and goes but earth abides² (Ecclesiastes 1:4).
Storm sent him there to meet Nightcrawler, who says Cable is a soldier and
doesnıt belong in the X-Men. Moira blamed him for bringing Stryfe and his Legacy
Virus into the world. She left him a message, but Nightcrawler makes him chase
him before heıll tell. Cable gets angry and chokes him; Storm appears and says
they just wanted to make him face his anger at Moiraıs death. Nightcrawler reads
her last message, ³To every thing there is a seasonŠ² (Eccl. 3:1-8).
	Cable thanks them for dragging him out of his despair. He reconsiders being
an X-Man, but Storm says heıs always welcome. He goes to the safehouse and
watches Kurt Russell in ³Soldier,² another example of ³a man who does the right
thing, no matter what the cost.²

Issue:	Cable 89
Date:	Mar-01
Story:	Dark Tide Rising (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cable
Regular Characters:	Irene Merryweather, Blaquesmith
Guest Stars:	Beast (Henry McCoy), Phoenix (Jean Grey, in flashback); Askani
(in flashback), Aliya
Villains:	the Dark Sisterhood including Mother of Night, Bonita ³Bonnie²
Other Characters:	Shin, 3 witches: Alice, Meg, Trish
Credits:	Writer: Robert Weinberg
	Pencils: Thomas Derenick
	Inks: Ketcham, Rapmund
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraftıs Saida Temofonte
	Colors: Enigma
	Asst. Editor: Pete Franco
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
Synopsis:	Cable trains with Shin (iss. 85), who says he relies too much on TK.
He still prefers a psimitar or ion cannon over martial arts; she says he may not
have the choice, warns him about the Dark Sisterhood, and disappears.
	Little girls jump rope in the street. They know who Cable and Irene are and
extort money for the ice cream truck. They are actually three witches (since iss.
79). The Dark Sisterhood also have disguised agents about. They arrange crimes
all over the city.
	Irene asked Cable to introduce her to Beast and Phoenix. She gives him a
present: Meatloafıs ³Bat Out Of Hell² on CD. They meet Beast in a secret lab;
Irene asks him about the infant Cable, infected and sent to the future (X-Factor
68). He points out that the babyıs DNA was infected, so his clone, Stryfe, should
have been, too. Someone had a cure but didnıt cure Cable.
	On the street, Cable sees Aliya for a moment. He realizes heıs being watched
and takes a cab to Times Square. He tells Irene to warn Blaquesmith and says
theyıre moving.
	The three girls tell Cable whoıs watching his base, and he confronts a
homeless woman. She pulls a psimitar on him and gets away. Cable confronts
Blaquesmith, who admits he helped Finality, the Dark Mother of the Dark
Sisterhood, years ago, before he realized they were villains.

Issue:	Cable 90
Date:	Apr-01
Story:	Hearts of Darkness (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cable
Regular Characters:	Irene Merryweather, Blaquesmith
Guest Stars:	Aliya
Villains:	the Dark Sisterhood including Mother of Night, Bonita
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Robert Weinberg
	Pencils: Michael Ryan
	Inks: Ted Pertzborn
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraftıs Saida Temofonte
	Colors: Hi-Fi Design
	Asst. Editor: Pete Franco
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
Synopsis:	The Dark Sisterhood is a worldwide network of criminal psychics, and
now they hunt Cable, who is on to them. Blaquesmith wants to abandon the
safehouse, but the self-destruct system is damaged. He gives Irene a telepathic
shield, and they leave through the sewers while Cable faces 20 sisters.
	The Sisterhood break into the building and search for Cable, who attacks them
one by one while setting up detonators. Blaquesmith and Irene catch Bonita, who
was following them and now asks for sanctuary. She says the Sisterhood began long
ago by women with unusual powers who were being executed as witches. Its goal is
world-domination. Bonita was a runaway whom they recruited. The Dark Mother pops
in long enough to telekinetically stop Bonitaıs heart, for failing in her mission
and turning traitor.
	Aliya reappears to Cable and says, ³the Fifth Force.² He battles one of the
Seven in hand-to-hand, kicks her, and reads her mind. He blows up his safe house
and plans war on the Sisterhood.

Issue:	Cable 91
Date:	May-01
Story:	The Fifth Power (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cable
Regular Characters:	Irene Merryweather, Blaquesmith
Guest Stars:	G.W. Bridge; Aliya (as a vision)
Villains:	the Dark Sisterhood including Mother of Night (Finality); Gen.
Deutsch, various dons
Other Characters:	Clarity, Greg, Lea, Murphy, Gens. Sherman and Austin
Credits:	Writer: Robert Weinberg
	Pencils: Michael Ryan
	Inks: Ted Pertzborn
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraftıs Saida Temofonte
	Colors: VLM
	Asst. Editor: Pete Franco
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
Synopsis:	A week ago: Cable fights the Dark Sisterhood. Irene and Blaquesmith
flee but policewomen stop them. Irene realizes theyıre the Sisterhood and races
away till a cab crashes into her car. She lands in the river; Blaquesmith
disappears. The psi-shield he gave her fools the Sisterhood into thinking sheıs
dead. Clarity sees all and knows the Sisterhood want to kill Cableıs friends and
isolate him. He, Greg, and Lea evacuate to Australia.
	Now: Bridge faces court-martial for repeatedly letting Cable go free, but
somehow all computer and paper files on the subject disappeared.
	Cable attacks the Sisterhoodıs heavily fortified mansion, using all his
mercenary and mutant skills. He shoots guards in their towers and canine monsters
on the grounds, then unleashes TK and telepathy against the sisters. The Dark
Mother is in conference with local mobsters, raising her cut. Cable puts up a TK
shield to stop their bullets and makes them realize she will eventually kill
them. She canıt match his telepathy so she kills the mobsters as a demonstration
of ruthlessness.
	Cable says thereıs a mutant war with 4 powers: passive mankind,
mutant-haters, Xavier, and Magneto. He has seen a vision of Aliya and realizes he
is the Fifth Power. He plans to achieve Xavierıs goal by force.

Issue:	Cable 92
Date:	Jun-01
Story:	Orchestral Movements in the Dark (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cable
Regular Characters:	Irene Merryweather (alias Margaret ³Meg² Brundage), Rachel
Summers
Guest Stars:	Phoenix, Prof. X, Beast; G.W. Bridge
Villains:	the Dark Sisterhood; Gen. Deutsch, Secretary of Defense Gina
Anderson, Students Against Mutants (SAM) including Connie Moore
Other Characters:	the Clean-Up Crew: Casper, Wendy, Spooky; Gens. Sherman and
Austin
Credits:	Writer: Robert Weinberg
	Pencils: Michael Ryan
	Inks: Ted Pertzborn, Harry Candelario
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraftıs Saida Temofonte
	Colors: VLM
	Asst. Editor: Pete Franco
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
Synopsis:	2 weeks ago: Irene is in the river under a pier, scared for her
life. She gets to a payphone and calls a number Cable gave her; a van picks her
up, and she realizes she has entered the world of espionage. The Clean-Up Crew is
a covert-ops team of people who owe Cable their lives. They give Irene a new
identity and want to make her black, but this will expose her to racial
prejudice.
	Cable sent a telepathic message to warn Phoenix about the Dark Sisterhood.
Xavier never heard of them, and neither of them can contact Cable now. Beast says
his safehouse was blown up, and Phoenix wants to rush over, but Xavier thinks
Cable has gone rogue. He was disturbed after Moiraıs murder (iss. 88) and
suspiciously failed to stop Kellyıs (X-Men II:108). The student responsible was
killed, his heart crushed. On his cell wall, he scrawled: ³Cable made me do it.²
	Bridge is transferred to Alaska; his friends Austin and Sherman were both
suddenly killed (car accident and heart attack, arranged by the Sisterhood), and
he realizes Deutsch is a villain.
	In college, Rachel hears about the prison killing and realizes Cable was
framed. She packs a gun and goes to a student anti-mutant rally, to learn more.
Anderson, the U.S. Secretary of Defense, wants both her and Cable killed before
Plan 6 begins.
	Alone, Cable contemplates the Dark Mother and crushes chess pieces. Some of
his resources have been compromised, but he has an arsenal ready.

Issue:	Cable 93
Date:	Jul-01
Story:	Countdown (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cable
Regular Characters:	Irene Merryweather
Guest Stars:	SHIELD including G.W. Bridge, Rachel Summers
Villains:	the Dark Sisterhood including the Dark Mother Finality (Fiona),
Gloria Temple; Ravens Calvin, Sarah; SAM including Connie Moore
Other Characters:	Drew, Ruth, Al
Credits:	Writer: Robert Weinberg
	Pencils: Tom Derenick
	Inks: Ted Pertzborn, Harry Candelario
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Avalon Studios
	Asst. Editor: Pete Franco
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
	President: Bill Jemas
Synopsis:	Cable uses mind control to sneak into Xylon Electronics. He
downloads data from their computers and delivers a Bible to Temple, marked at
Daniel 5: ³you have been judged and found wanting.² Temple scrambles security,
but Cable escapes, having wiped Templeıs memory since the age of 7. He is taking
down the Sisterhood one member at a time in a way that exposes them to a media
blitz, meanwhile sending lists of their members in the government to Bridge. He
sets up a new base, and then walks the streets as bait.
	Irene, using an image inducer to make her black, is stopped by cops for no
reason: racial profiling. When she tells them she has a web-cam on her car, they
back down.
	Long ago, Fiona was an heiress who killed her parents and dispossessed her
brother, who has the mutant power to absorb knowledge. She can see possible
futures and sees Cable at the end of them; she wants her brother as an ally.
	Weeks ago, Rachel went to an anti-mutant rally and realized Moore was of the
Dark Sisterhood and a low-level telepath. She has planted a bomb and wants to
cause an anti-mutant riot.
	The Sisterhood attacks Cable, but he isnıt there. He left a note saying their
memories are about to be wiped. The sisters play with childlike innocence.

Issue:	Cable 94
Date:	Aug-01
Story:	Countdown Part 2: Armageddon Approaches (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cable
Regular Characters:	Irene Merryweather, Blaquesmith
Guest Stars:	Rachel Summers
Villains:	the Dark Sisterhood including the Dark Mother Finality (Fiona
Knoblach), Secretary of Defense Gina Anderson, Connie Moore
Other Characters:	Alecto (alias Cyanide Jane); Hans Knoblach, Lady Gertrude
Hunter, Gloria Knoblach, William Knoblach (Clarity), William Stroughton, John
Jones, Andrew Benedict, Vernon Reaves  (all in flashback)
Credits:	Writer: Robert Weinberg
	Pencils: Michael Ryan
	Inks: Ted Pertzborn, Harry Candelario
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Avalon Studios
	Asst. Editor: Pete Franco
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
	President: Bill Jemas
Synopsis:	Irene investigates the epidemic of amnesia among young women, when
time freezes and Alecto (iss. 85) appears, now the guise of biker chick Cyanide
Jane. Her younger sister is in ancient Greece as the Delphic oracle, and her
older sister is teaching math to aliens in the future. They are caretakers of the
the multiverse and appeared to Cable as Macbethıs witches (iss. 79), to keep him
on course. Irene rebels, but Alecto says many alternate realities will perish if
they donıt play along. She already knows Irene will secretly chronicle
everything, so she scrambles her thought patterns to keep her safe from telepaths
and leaves. Time resumes; Cable calls Irene, asking to meet at Marshall Fields,
but then he nabs her and brings her to his safe house. 
	Weeks ago at the student rally: Rachel claims to be FBI and explodes the bomb
away from innocents. She interrogates Moore and drops out of college, deciding to
find Cable and rejoin the fight.
	Cable knows where Finality is, but sheıs too well-protected. She wants to
conquer the world and make it a matriarchy, enslaving men.
	In 1660, a meteor fell on Hamburg, Germany, and six children found it before
it disintegrated. Five died, but Knoblach grew up to marry a wealthy English lady
and move to Virginia; their children were Gloria, William, and Fiona. Gloria was
hung as a witch in Massachusetts; Fiona went mad; William went to Tibet and
became Clarity. Fiona had her parents killed in a boat fire and inherited their
estate; she wed various wealthy men and she bore them seven daughters, so now she
has nearly 30,000 descendants: the Dark Sisterhood.
	The president pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House are
simultaneously killed, and Cable is blamed in the news. Irene realizes the ³Sixth
Progression² refers to Andersonıs succession to the White House, and the
President and his Cabinet are in danger.

Issue:	Cable 95
Date:	Sep-01
Story:	Countdown Part 3: Eternity Waits! (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cable
Regular Characters:	Irene Merryweather 
Guest Stars:	Rachel Summers, SHIELD including G.W. Bridge
Villains:	Henry Peter Gyrich; Gen. Deutsch, the Dark Sisterhood including the
Dark Mother Finality (Fiona Knoblach), Secy. Defense Gina Anderson
Other Characters:	Director Whitmoore
Credits:	Writer: Robert Weinberg
	Pencils: Michael Ryan
	Inks: Ted Pertzborn, Harry Candelario
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Avalon Studios
	Asst. Editor: Pete Franco
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
	President: Bill Jemas
Synopsis:	Itıs a national emergency, and Cable is blamed for the attacks on
the government (last iss.). The Dark Sisterhood is really behind it all, and
Anderson flies to Washington, prepared to be president once the bomb in the Oval
Office finishes the job.
	Bridge forces his way into Gyrichıs office, with evidence that Deutsch is a
traitor (iss. 92). They rescue the president and have Whitmoore arrest Anderson
and Deutsch when they land.
	Cable and Irene prepare to break into the Sisterhoodıs Xylon base. Rachel
finds them, dressed as Phoenix (but still without the Phoenix force) and ready to
help. SHIELD sends in the first wave, and itıs a firefight. Finality, observing
her defeat, waits to kill Cable and Rachel, who attack, Cable using a motorcycle
and sonic cannon. Rachel (perhaps taking the codename Justice?) takes out the
lesser sisters, while Cable goes for Finality. 
	She says she can foresee possible futures, but Cable and Rachel canıt be
predicted: he says thatıs because theyıre from future timelines. Since their
psi-abilities are evenly matched, they fight physically.
	Cable unmasks her: she looks like Jean Grey, because she is her ancestor, and
thatıs why sheıs a match for Cable. 
	She raises her sword to finish Cable, but Irene interrupts, Cable chokes her,
and she suddenly goes catatonic. Irene says itıs because she realized all
possible futures ended in her defeat and couldnıt handle it. Rachel says her
claim to be Jeanıs ancestor was another trick. They leave her for the army to
find.

Issue:	Cable 96
Date:	Oct-01
Story:	I Was Born about Ten Thousand Years Ago (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Cable
Regular Characters:	 
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	Taras Vol (in flashback), One-Eye, Gort
Other Characters:	Veronica ³V², Cole; Oogla tribe including Jana, Tres (in
flashback)
Credits:	Writer: Robert Weinberg
	Pencils: Michael Ryan
	Inks: Ted Pertzborn, Harry Candelario
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Avalon Studios
	Asst. Editor: Pete Franco
	Editor: Mark Powers
	Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
	President: Bill Jemas
Synopsis:	Cableıs on his bike in the southwestern deserts. He stops at a
burger joint, flirts with the waitress, and accepts a challenge to arm-wrestle
the owner, Cole, who isnıt quite human. He fights without powers and strains to
win; Cole admits itıs his first loss since Goliath, 3000 years ago. 
	After closing, Cole explains: heıs a Neanderthal, born 30,000 years ago. Some
of his fellows were abducted by a Lemurian in a spacecraft, who wanted to test a
way to slow the aging process. When an earthquake destroyed the island, they were
freed. Cole made it back home, but 15 years had passed, and the tribe was gone.
He never remarried and realized he was aging slowly: he probably has another
50,000 years. He blended into human society and saw the Pyramids built, Caesar
assassinated, Cortez invade Mexico, the Civil War, the Old West, the World Wars,
and finally went to the desert for privacy (is this guy related to Logan?).
	Then, a year ago, One-Eye and Gort showed up, beat him, and stole his
collected treasures. Cole asks Cable to help attack their hideaway and get it
back. A few seconds of fighting, and Cole gets his stuff back. Most precious to
him is the crude figure he made for his daughter. Cable empathizes, remembering
all those from his future past, and rides away.


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