Warning! Spoilers ahead for Cable #8 from Gerry Duggan and Phil Noto
In the latest issue of Marvel Comics’ Cable, it’s been revealed that one of the X-Men’s cruelest rules on Krakoa has some disastrous implications. In recent issues of this series, Nate Summers has been on a mission to save kidnapped mutant children from a cult known as the Order of X, but he also discovered the villain behind this cult and the stolen children is none other than Stryfe, Cable’s evil clone created by Apocalypse. While Cable engaged in battle with Stryfe (sort of), this ends up being an incredibly risky choice, especially considering Krakoa’s rules about resurrecting clones.
In Cable #8 from writer Gerry Duggan with art by Phil Noto, Nate has teamed up with Domino, which is particularly interesting considering the close working relationship she had with the original and older version of Cable. Despite the evident weirdness, she agrees to help him search for Stryfe, and they eventually locate the villain in Tokyo. However, the only reason they ended up there in the first place was due to Domino wanting some Japanese cuisine. Naturally, Domino’s powers of probability manipulation meant that the exact restaurant they enter ends up being the front for Styfe’s cloning facility set up below.
While Cable doesn’t find the original Stryfe created by Apocalpyse, he does end up fighting several clones of him (and technically himself) that he created. They all share the villain’s goals, and as such Nate soon finds himself dealing with an entire squad of Cable/Stryfe clones that all want to kill him and take his place on Krakoa. This is definitely problematic, as one of Krakoa’s rules for resurrection includes a refusal to differentiate clones and bring them back, no matter how unique they’ve become from the original DNA img host.
Near the end of the issue, Domino and Cable ending up killing all of the Stryfe clones, save for one who tries to get away. However, this specific clone ends up getting the drop on the duo, revealing that he fully intends to kill and replace Cable on Krakoa. Thankfully, Domino’s powers came in clutch and a meteorite killed the final clone. However, had the Stryfe clone killed Cable and Domino his plan probably would have worked, even despite the X-Men’s resurrection protocols. All he would’ve had to do was wait until the island’s resurrection team saved a back-up of his mind instead of Cable’s, and Nate would have been dead for good, while Styfe would have been able to continue living – posing as Cable for as long as he desired, using psychic blocks to keep telepaths from learning the truth as well.
Krakoa’s rule against resurrecting and differentiating clones as unique beings seems fairly pointless and unnecessary, and Cable #8 isn’t the first time its potentially problematic nature has been hinted at. New Mutants #14 saw the clone daughter of X-23 Gabrielle expressing not only concern that she wouldn’t be brought back if she were to die but also her worries that Genesis hadn’t yet been brought back from the dead, who was a clone of Apocalypse. Now, this latest issue of Cable has proved that there could be some nasty consequences if someone were to take advantage of this rule like Stryfe was hoping to do. Here’s hoping an amendment to the rules gets made in future X-Men comics before disaster strikes the island nation in Marvel Comics.