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Cable #159
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Quote1 I refuse to believe that two attacks and two dead X-Men in the space of hours is a coincidence. If it's not Ahab... then who? Quote2
-- Kitty Pryde

Appearing in "Extermination: Part One of Five"

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Synopsis for "Extermination: Part One of Five"

Twenty years into the future, a hooded figure walks through the burning wreckage of the former Xavier Institute. Distastefully observing the dead body of Scott Summers and multiple other dead mutants, the figure remarks to himself that now it's now his job to clean up this mess and he teleports away.

Back in the present, an anti-mutant protest is underway in Chicago. A pair of French-speaking mutant children hide in the shadows when a protester discovers them and tried to attack them, but he is intercepted by the young X-Men Iceman, Cyclops, Beast, Marvel Girl, Angel, and Bloodstorm. Back at the Xavier Institute, the children are discovered to have no memories before appearing in Chicago, and after a telepathic scan Jean determines that their memories were thoroughly erased. Dr. Cecilia Reyes promises to continue examining the children and Jean and Scott retire from the mansion.

Later, young Ororo and Scott are getting dinner at a Thai restaurant and the latter expresses concern about potentially starting a relationship with her if he and the rest of the time-displaced X-Men go back to the past soon. Ororo calms him, but they are interrupted by Ahab and his Hounds invading the building searching for Cyclops. Ororo fends off a Hound that is attacking Scott, but Ahab impales her from behind with a silver harpoon, killing her as he condemns her as both a mutant and a vampire. As Scott mourns over her body, Ahab again unleashes his Hounds on him and he retaliates with his optic blasts, blowing a hole in the side of the building. Acknowledging his temporary defeat, Ahab teleports himself and his Hounds away. Angry and devestated, Scott carried Bloodstorm's body away as he send out a telepathic call for help to Jean.

Elsewhere, Bobby is watching a musical production when Jean psychically contacts him with an emergency involving Bloodstorm. Leaving the theater, Iceman is watched from the rooftop by the hooded figure from before. Suddenly, the ground next to him explodes as the figure shoots at him twice. Landing in an exploded retail store, Iceman is helped to his feet by Cable. While the figure continues shooting at them, Cable orders Iceman to return to the mansion, but the latter is suddenly shot in the neck by an electrical bullet that knocks him out.

At the Xavier Institute, Scott finds Rachel Grey and tells her how he was attacked and Bloodstorm was killed. Horrified, Rachel realizes the man who attacked them was Ahab, a human extremist from her own timeline who tortured her into becoming a Hound. Hank then comes in and says Bobby is the only one of the five who has not returned. Meanwhile, is unconscious from being shot and Cable is confronted by their hooded attacker, who blames him creating this situation by allowing the time-displaced X-Men to remain in the present. Cable defends his actions by claiming that the young X-Men needed to see the present so they could be better. In Cerebro, Marvel Girl finds that Bobby's telepathic presence has suddenly disappeared, but determines that he is with Cable and another person with a telepathic block that leave her unable to find out who he is. At the scene of the fight, the hooded figure belittles Cable for making excuses for his failure and overpowers him. The figure declares that Cable has been relieved of his duty and kills him before tossing aside his gun and remarking that Cable should have seen that coming. Back in Cerebro, Marvel Girl lets out a psychic scream as she realizes Cable has been killed. The hooded figure then retrieves Iceman and teleports away.

Later, the X-Men find Cable's body and Rachel mourns over her brother. She expresses doubts that Ahab was responsible for his death as Cable's mother, the adult Jean Grey, arrives with Nightcrawler. Jean vows to bring her son's killer to justice and Kitty Pryde wonders who could have killed him if not Ahab.

In an undisclosed location, the hooded figure places Iceman in a sleeping pod and sets out to capture the rest of the time-displaced X-Men as he is revealed to be a younger version of Cable, aka Nathan Summers.

Solicit Synopsis

Cyclops. Iceman. Angel. Beast. Marvel Girl. The original team of teen mutants brought together by Professor Charles Xavier many years ago have been shunted through time to find a world they barely recognize but were determined to help. Now, finding themselves targeted for death, the future of mutantkind lies squarely in the hands of its past. Writer Ed Brisson (OLD MAN LOGAN, CABLE) and artist Pepe Larraz (UNCANNY AVENGERS, AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER) answer the biggest question of all: can the fate of the X-Men be changed?

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