Thursday, January 14, 2016

All-New X-Men #3

   For some reason, Marvel hates Cyclops.

   I don't know why - he's the natural leader of the team (especially the more-or-less classic version we get in the All-New X-Men) and one of my all-time favorites.

   They treat the character like a leper - he's still blamed for killing Professor X, even though it happened when he was being controlled by the Phoenix Force - and breathes there a hero who hasn't been controlled by the bad guy at one time or another?

   He's also being treated like a terrorist, despite the fact that he committed no actual acts of terror - he just tried to protect mutants.

   Now the modern-day version of the character is mysteriously missing, and his younger self (brought through time with the rest of the original team to the present) is dealing with all the above.

   That includes facing down a group calling itself the Ghosts of Cyclops - they're a bunch of powerful mutants, but they're more screw-ups than actually evil - but they find themselves in a corner here, and the only one who can save them is... Cyclops.

   So perhaps this is the first step in redeeming that character, and if so, I say: good on ya. And long overdue.

   I love the art (Mark Bagley and Andrew Hennessy), and I like the story (Dennis Hopeless) - there's a lot of potential here.

Grade: A-


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