This is an issue of the X-Men I’d love to have. I recently picked up a copy of the first appearance of Havok, Cyclops‘ (Scott Summers’) brother Alex, but you know how I love a good cover. This one is pretty awesome.
Cyclops has a rad laser eyebeam, is pretty jacked, but for some reason, he’s the most boring X-Man. Even Wolverine makes fun of this (ok, not a stretch for a guy who shoots his mouth off more than Mel Gibson on a date). But Cyke is a character who is more well known for how other characters interact and intersect with his plots than for his own personality. He’s also well know for being surrounded by death (which is ironic for a guy with an eye laser who is more likely to shoot a doorknob than a ribcage).
I can’t believe they killed off Cyclops in X-Men: The Last Stand… and you know what part of the reason was, in case you can’t click the link above? James Marsden was filming Superman Flops Returns. I think he made the wrong decision.
For those that aren’t keeping up, James Marsden played adult Cyclops in X-Men 1-3, then was played by Tim Pocock in Wolverine, and is rumored to be played by Aaron Johnson from Kick-Ass as of this post. This excites me a bit since Aaron is a Brit and I love to root for my homeboys back in the motherland.
Don’t get me wrong, Cyclops has contributed to some of the biggest stories in comics history, from the Dark Phoenix saga, to the Fall of the Mutants, to everything that happened after the introduction of Cable, who set the bar for comic timetraveling continuity fusterclucks. Cyke has been the stoic leader of the X-Men, but does he have hobbies? The only one I can see is dating redheads with a proclivity for dirt naps.
So if you’re feeling like getting a huge history lesson on Marvel and the X-Men, you can set aside some time to read the hyperlinks above. But if you get bored, just blame Cyclops.