Issue Date: January 2005
Story Title: The Burnt Offering - part 4: Born Sinners
Staff: Fabian Nicieza (writer), Patrick Zercher (penciller), Rob Ross and M3TH (inks) Gotham Studios (Color) VCís Cory Petit (letters), Erik Ko (Udon Chief), Molly Lazer & Andy Schmidt (assistant-editors), Nicole Wiley (editor), Joe Quesada (editor-in-chief), Dan Buckley (publisher)
Cable created by Rob Liefeld and Louise Simonson
Deadpool created by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza
To stop Cable, Reed Richards has contacted the Silver Surfer. The Silver Surfer attacks Cable and, although Cable tries to reason with him, the Surfer continues to fight. While Cable and the Surfer are fighting over the Pacific Ocean, Cyclops and Deadpool watch the fight for a few seconds, then Deadpool leaves ďto do what I came here to do.Ē He runs into the Cat, who tells him to cooperate if he wants to save the planet and his friend. At this point, the gravity generators that keep Cableís base afloat seem to Ďhiccup.í The base trembles and Storm suggests to Domino that their teams stop fighting and try to repair the gravity generators. Solo, Domino and Nightcrawler make their way to the generators, while Cyclops, Cat and Deadpool will try to stop Cable and the rest try to save the humans on board Providence. Cable breaks the Surferís board, but the Surfer gets up and removes Cableís metal arm with an energy blast, stating that Cableís passion will consume the world and he canít allow that to happen. Nightcrawler calls Cyclops and tells him that the gravity generators donít work: Cable is keeping Providence afloat with his telekinesis. And now the Surfer has defeated Cable, Providence starts to crash. Deadpool wants to use the device he has been assembling on Cableís equipment, but Cyclops doesnít trust him. The Cat knocks out Cyclops and Deadpool activates the device, then bodyslides to Cableís Swiss Cabin. Rachel keeps Providence up telekinetically, but is straining, while Deadpool uses the device on Cable. The device activates the last bit of Cableís powers and he lowers Providence into the Ocean and connects the minds of humanity for a few moments so they can see what is in each otherís heart. Irene explains to Nick Fury and the X-Men that the device Deadpool used lobotomized Cable to limit his powers. Deadpool stands over Cableís comatose body.
The Surfer attacks Cable and, in their battle, they are tearing Providence apart - but S.H.I.E.L.D. canít find any casualties of the fight. One of the agents tells Fury that they seem to be restoring everything they are tearing apart at the same time. Cable tries to reason with the Surfer but the Surfer remains silent and continues his attack that takes them through the U.S. fleet.
From Providence, Deadpool accuses Cyclops of shooting him from behind. Cyclops asks if that was not what he did to Bishop and Wolverine. Deadpool admits that he did, but Cyclops is supposed to be a hero! Cyclops tells Deadpool that the Silver Surfer was brought in. In a short dialogue Deadpool recaps who the Surfer is, then leaves to do what he was there to do. On his way a rope falls around his neck and heís pulled up by the Cat. The Cat tells him to cooperate if he wants to save both Cable and the planet. Deadpool manages to ask how the Cat got there while being strangled.
The Cat enters Weaselís apartment and asks info on Deadpool. Weasel asks who he is and the Cat shows his tattoo.
Cursing Weasel, Deadpool decides to go along with it and shows the Cat the device they have been assembling throughout the last few days. Cyclops then shows up to stop the two, but all three fall down when Providence itself trembles.
Storm contacts Cyclops to ask what happened. Cyclops thinks that the gravity generators that keep Providence floating had a problem. Storm tells Domino that their teams should stop fighting: the Six Pack doesnít need to defend Cable because the X-men are not fighting him. Domino agrees that they should seek out the gravity generators and see if they can repair them. Nightcrawler takes Solo and Domino to the generators. The rest of Stormís team and the Six Pack will try to save as much people as they can. Cyclops agrees and says that Deadpool, the Cat and he himself will try to stop this by shutting down Cable. The Cat wonders if they would need to; The Surfer seems to be doing fine without their help.
Cable asks the Surfer why heís trying to stop him, now he knows what Cable is trying to do. But the Surfer does not answer.
(Irene Merryweather-Cable interview, continued)
Cable tells her that he expects to die because his body canít take the energy that is coursing through it, but before he dies he wants to give humanity a glimpse of a better future. Irene wonders what will happen should Cable die before he can end his plan. Cable canít think of anybody capable of stopping him, but thinks that, hypothetically, a powerful enough individual could force him to expend his powers before he can end his plan.
Irene watches from a room in Providence and wonders why Cable didnít think of the Surfer.
By now, Cable and Surfer have taken their fight to Australia. The constant repairing of their damage is starting to wear Cable out and he wants to end the fight. He uses his telekinesis to break the Surferís board and the Surfer crashes into the Sydney Opera House. Cable lands near him and uses his telekinesis to throw the Surfer land-inward. He asks him why heís doing this. The Surfer finally answers: he can see Cableís passion. A beam from his eyes removes Cableís metal arm. The Surfer stands next to Cable, his eyes burning with power and tells him that his passion will lead to a hunger that will consume the world. And he will not allow that to happen.
Providence now starts to fall. Inside the gravity generator room, Nightcrawler has found out that there are no gravity generators. Cable himself is keeping the island afloat.
Nick Fury tells Storm that rescue helicopters and boats are on their way. Dum Dum tells him that they better hurry, because Cableís power almost flattlined. Next to a fallen Cable, the Surfer reconstructs his board.
Cyclops looks at an opening in one of Cableís devices that looks exactly like the device Deadpool has assembled. He asks Deadpool if Cable tricked them into assembling it. Deadpool basically agrees. The Cat asks what use the device will do now Cable has been defeated. Cyclops thinks it has no use, but Deadpool disagrees and tells Cyclops to trust Cable. Cyclops is not sure he can trust either Cable or Deadpool. Deadpool pulls his sword, but Cyclops blasts it apart. Cyclops is then knocked out by the Cat. Deadpool jokes that this fight lasted as long as Deathlokís last comic.
The Cat gives Deadpool a final part of the device. Deadpool thought he took all the components the Cat had in Japan, but the Cat replies that Deadpool only took what he allowed him to take. Deadpool is full of admiration. The Cat wonders how Deadpool will get the device to Cable in time. Deadpool bodyslides out.
The Surfer tells Cable that he will now live without his powers and flies off. Cableís body is teleported away. Dum Dum Dugan wonders what will happen to Providence now.
Rachel tries to keep Providence floating with her telekinesis, but itís very heavy. At Cableís safehouse 14 in Switzerland, Deadpool uses the device on Cable. Cable telepathically contacts his sister and tells her that he can keep lower Providence now. He then connects the minds of everybody on Earth so they can look in each otherís hearts and see what the world could be if they just tried a little harder. Providence gentle lands on the ocean.
Irene tells Fury and the X-Men that Cable used the device to teleport parts of his brain that control his higher telekinetic and telepathic abilities, effectively lobotomizing himself. She says that she has posted her article fifteen minutes ago as Cableís last will and testament. Fury wonders what has happened to Cable.
Deadpool stands over Cableís unconscious body and asks him to say something.
Deadpool/ Wade Wilson
Beast, Bishop, Cyclops, Emma Frost, Iceman, Marvel Girl, Nightcrawler, Rogue, Storm, Wolverine (all X-Men)
Weasel (Deadpoolís friend and information broker)
Irene Merryweather (Cableís friend and journalist)
The Cat/ Shen Kuei (mercenary)
Silver Surfer/Norrin Radd
Nick Fury and Dum Dum Dugan (Officers of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
The Six Pack (Domino, Solo, Constrictor, Anaconda)
The question is what exactly removed Cableís powers. The Surfer says that he stripped Cable of his powers, but Irene later says that it was the device Deadpool assembled.
This Issue has been reprinted in:
Cable & Deadpool Vol. 2: The Burnt Offering (Trade Paperback)
Issue Summary written by: David Duijsings