Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Champions #12

   There are few comics characters who have been more badly treated in recent years than Cyclops.

   The one-time leader of the original and new X-Men has been depicted in the past as a terrific, Captain America-level leader, a true hero and a powerhouse mutant.

   Until they decided to turn him into a villain and kill him off. (Don't get me started on how dumb this is, and how disrespectful to a great character.)

   Thankfully, we have the original Cyclops back again, time-traveling with his team to the present - and now he's also a member of The Champions.

   He's the focus of this issue, as we (and his team) get some insights on why he's so serious, why he has to be in control, and why his powers are more of a curse than a blessing.

   It's a touching story, built around a running fight with one of Marvel's most cunning and challenging villains.

   It's wonderful to see Cyclops - and the other members of the team - showing their real potential and being shown off to good effect. And there's actual good-natured humor included!

   It's another excellent outing by writer Mark Waid and artists Humberto Ramos and Victor Olazaba - and thankfully, we're apparently done with the Secret Empire foolishness.

Grade: A-


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