Curious about how Cable’s out of the ordinary life, one symbolic of the X-Men in his single personage, I looked back into the 90’s and landed myself at The Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix.
The series begins with the recently married Jean Grey and Scott Summers having been transported from their tropical beach honeymoon to a distant future that is in dire danger.
Inexplicably, they find themselves sucked into a future where Apocalypse has found his victory over the earth, and so rules a world of genetic segregation and genocide.
Nathan Christopher Summers, son of Scott and Jean, sort of*, is only a boy, still learning how to use his telekinetic and telepathic abilities. While Nathan fights the techno-organic virus that ravages his body and mind, for eight years Redd and Slymm aid in the rebellion against the tyrannical El Sabah Nur, whose plans for continued domination include a clone of Nathan Summers, known as Stryfe.
Will Apocalypse’s plans for eternal domination come to fruition?
Will Cable ever come to be?
It was in these comics that I first saw the young Nathan “Cable” Summers and his evil clone, Stryfe. Seeing the young pair made it clear that what differentiates the two began with the influences of Cyclops Phoenix for Nathan, and Apocalypse for Stryfe. There is then one who fights to protect his family and another who kills for personal satisfaction.
Together, these characters make a fan favorite duality of self symbol—there is one who is physically “pure” and another who is “flawed.” The differences between them play out in the classic struggle from the 90’s and continue into Messiah War.
Find the first four comics of the 1994 Cyclops and Phoenix series here
* Nathan’s mother is actually a clone of Jean Grey made by Mr. Sinister. Her name is Madelyn Pryor. Regardless, Jean loves Nate as her son.