When last we left Avengers: X-Sanction, Cable had subdued Captain America and the Falcon in his quest to subdue the Avengers before they somehow mysteriously prevent his daughter Hope from saving the world. In issue #2, the only plot advancement is that we learn that Cable doesn't even know what happened and he's trying to get them to talk… by shoving them all into mind-scrambling evil-Magneto chairs, instead of just saying "Hey, what's the deal?" Other than that, it's just Cable vs. Iron Man, and then the Red Hulk drops in.
So either it's going to turn out that the techno-organic virus is completely monkeying with Cable's mind and compelling him to go apeshit on the good guys at the mere thought of their interference with his daughter, or it sets the stage for the cascade of contrivances that will eventually result in Avengers vs. X-Men, Marvel's 2012 event featuring yet another superhero slap-fight. Perhaps I'm cynical. Maybe it'll be awesome. But if it's all wacky misunderstandings like this seems to be so far, we may be in for a summer of heavy sighing.
Cable does sort of imply that maybe the Avengers will actually hurts Hope at one point, rather than just prevent her from world-saving, but he doesn't know how or why. So his plan is to kick their asses until one of them talks… about something that hasn't happened yet and they wouldn't know anything about. Yeah. So either it's T.O. brain-mess, or Jeph Loeb's really lost it.
The fighting parts are kinda neat, though, and Cable fans should get a kick out of watching him dismantle the Avengers, although it does smack a little bit of Loeb's Red Hulk stint, where he was just kicking everybody's asses with no explanation out of nowhere and it got frustrating quickly. Thankfully, this is only a four-issue miniseries, so he can't draw it out for a year. Speaking of Red Hulk, now that ol' Thunderbolt Ross has been established and solidified, it's less troubling to see Loeb writing him again, because you know he's going to write his own creation as a badass. That's kinda all he did before, and it's more fun now that I like him. Thank you, Fall of the Hulks. One curious thing, though, is that Cable seems to think that the Red Hulk is Glenn Talbot. Another indication of his mind cracking, foretelling more future malarkey, or is Ross' true identity still a well-kept secret even in Cable's time? We'll see.
The best parts of the issue are the touching little flashbacks to moments in the future/past where Cable is playing guardian father to Hope as a child. Ed McGuinness is great at drawing big burly guys in slobberknockers, and his Red Hulk is still delightful, but he also draws adorablly cute kids. He can sometimes border on too cartoony, but it's top notch stuff here, and will probably only get better next issue during the full-on fight with a Hulk. McGuinness is great at Hulks.
So, Avengers X-Sanction #2 is mostly big fighting, although you can't get too worked up about it, because it was pretty much what they advertised. Cable beats up on the Avengers. If you want to see that, check this book out.
CRAVE ONLINE RATING: 7/10