writer: Greg Rucka; art: Russell Dauterman
“All of us were in the future. Possibly our Future. Our future sucks.”
Giving Scott Summers his own book is a cool and yet very tricky proposition. As a fan of the most complicated X-Man ever, I was excited to see him gracing his own book, but with the super complicated lineage currently going with the All-New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men, weaving another story into all of that seems daunting. But on the other hand, the wonderful surprise of Scott leaving the X-Men to be with his father isn’t a surprising one when one considers that he’s gotten a pretty good view of his future where he kills his mentor and becomes the face of a very unpopular uprising. Thankfully, with all that noise around Cyclops #1, at least a writer the caliber of Greg Rucka is there to see it through.
There is a lot to unpack in Cyclops #1, concerning his decision to leave, his complicated love for Jean Gray and how he deals with the future he wants no part. And oh yeah, that whole “I thought my father was dead, but he’s actually an awesome space pirate.” Somehow, Rucka deals with all these issues upfront and efficiently while leaving time to begin the new adventures of Scott and his father Corsair.
The only minor complain about this first issue is the premise of Scott and his father Corsair trekking out on their own is that we probably lose contact with some supporting characters that had a remarkable amount of body to them in this first issue, especially Corsair’s lover Hepzibah. But I’m sure we’ll get some great personalities as Scott and Corsair explore the universe. We may not have gotten a lead on where the story is going, but it wasn’t needed for this first issue, as we learned that the relationships to Cyclops will drive the success of this book.
I was caught off guard by how much I enjoyed this book. Like you said, Scott is a complicated character and the last few years have been particularly rough for him (ever since that whole “possessed by Apocalypse” thing). It was refreshing to see a young, idealistic, and genuinely likeable Scott Summers. It’ll be interesting to see how the character evolves as a result of spending this time with his father. We know that present day Scott looked to Xavier as a father figure and saw how that ultimately turned out. I get the sense that with everything that’s happening with the All New X-Men that X-Universe is getting ready for a MAJOR reset, similar to the New 52, which will result in bringing some characters back from the dead (Jean, Rogue, and probably Wolverine after he dies), as well as some major changes in character personality. Imagine a Cyclops molded in Corsair’s image, following advice like “think like a pirate”. He’ll be like Han Solo but with optic blasts! #ScottShotFirst
**side-note** if Scott is Han, would Beast be Chewie?