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Cyclops #1 Review

Specs from Marvel.com:

Published: May 07, 2014

Rating: Rated T+

Writer: Greg Rucka

Cover Artist: Alexander Lozano

Cyclops just discovered that the father he thought died long ago is alive and well and A SPACE PIRATE. Spinning directly out of ALL-NEW X-MEN, comes the first ongoing solo series for one of the time-traveling Original X-Men. After the events of “Trial of Jean Grey”, Scott Summers stays in space to learn some valuable lessons from his dad: 1) How to shave, 2) How to talk to girls, 3) How to steal a Badoon space-ship.

 

Rating: 8 out of 10

A good rule of thumb is that when your dad offers to take you on a road trip through the galaxy, you go. This issue was tons of fun.  We see a young, somewhat insecure Cyclops taking a step back from leading his team of time-displaced Original X-Men to instead spend some time with his father who he thought had perished in a plane crash when he was younger.  It’s very exciting to think about the new ways this may impact a young Cyclops in the way he views life, love, and his path in life.  When arriving to the future back in All-New X-Men #1, Cyclops has had to deal with the actions of his adult self (our present and adult Cyclops).  This has caused a strain on the relationship with his friends and (future long-time love and wife) Jean.  Sometimes, a guy needs a break.

The Good:

Give a great, concise explanation to what is going on without taking the whole issue. I think we’ve all felt like this before, trying out new things and messing up, thinking we are screw-ups and such.  This is what a 16-year-old Scott deals with in this issue.  He has doubts and fears but is trying to stand up on his own and do the best he can.  He is fascinated by all the space gear and interstellar machines on board (who wouldn’t be in his position?) and manages to help fight off some brutal space crew.  After confessing to his dad that he doesn’t feel very good at being a 16 year-old, his dad responds with some great fatherly advice, “Everyone stinks at being sixteen.” Giving him some hope that things get better and not to worry so much.

The Bad:

Would’ve enjoyed a little more of a fight scene.

 

Really enjoyed this and I hope the series does well.  Cyclops is one of my favorite (may be my favorite) X-Men and its cool that he’s getting his own series for a bit and in outer space no less!

 

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