There’s not much to say in today’s intro. Instead of talking about the comic I want to briefly talk about Cyclops. When I was a kid, in the single digits, I was a big fan of the pilot X-Men cartoon “Pryde of the X-Men” which is my earliest recollection of comic book superheroes and Stan Lee (who narrated the thing). I’d watch that thing over and over. Of all the characters I found myself relating to Cyclops the most. Stiff, uptight Cyclops who no one else seemed to like. So responsible, so smart and yet he was always depressed because of his powers, the very thing that made him special. That was me; I was lonely, I always tried to do the responsible thing, no one seemed to like me for it and I was always depressed from childhood pretty much until today. I didn’t relate to badass Wolverine or even Storm, the first black superhero I ever saw; it was always Scott Summers. As I got older my love of the character only grew and I began seeing as representing everything I thought superheroes should be, even though his comic wasn’t really conducive to proper super heroic actions. I love Cyclops.
|Why is Cyclops always trying to blast the sky in these pictures?|
Full review after the jump.
[WARNING: Full spoilers ahead.]
|Professor X's Master Plan:|
Step 1 -Piss off Super Cyclops Step 2 - ?? Step 3 - Profit
So. Hm. Where to begin? Well Oliver Coipel is back in the driver’s seat as artist which brings both the good and bad I’ve brought up before. Hope again looks twelve. But I love how some of the effects with the Phoenix look. The last page of the comic looks really bade ass. I also LOVE the first two pages of the book where Captain America is begging an off screen character to help the Avengers beat back the X-Men. Then you turn the page and BAM; it’s the goddamn Hulk, who has not been in this entire series at all so far save from some very misleading covers, and he simply says in a calm voice “Yes. Hulk will smash for you.”
|'Bout damn time!|
Anyway as I alluded to my biggest issue with the comic is Cyclops’ characterization, although I was very weirded out by the way a few other characters were acting. Professor X is saying some pretty cult leader-like stuff to the X-Men, Captain America is completely in “Kill This Bastard” mode, which is really unnerving, and even Iceman seems strangely blood thirsty in regards to his supposedly close friend. It’s really strange. This has actually been a problem with the book in that some characters don’t seem to be all there. Captain America is a great example as he has had exactly ZERO tolerance for Cyclops even before the Phoenix arrived and has been demanding his blood ever since.
But yeah, Cyclops suffers the most. It’s not that I think it’s a poorly written turn exactly but it does make me pretty sad to see Cyclops doing what he does. Really what he does isn’t that bad at first; he’s gone insane with power but in theory it’s not that he’s evil per se. Doesn’t matter; he’s beyond the point of reason and does the unthinkable: straight murders Professor X. Which is dumb and cliché to begin with because Professor X gets killed all the goddamn time, most recently being just four years ago after being shot in the head by Bishop. But even so there’s no Cyclops is getting off scott (Ha!) free when this is all over. All his character development has been leading to him to become this unstoppable villain. Even if he survives this he’s going to prison, he’ll be disgraced and Wolverine will be sitting there saying “I told you he was no good.” This reminds me of the fall of Hal Jordan aka Green Lantern during the 90s. An interesting story led Hal to essentially go insane, murder the entire Green Lantern Corp. (i.e. thousands of innocent dudes) and repeatedly try to destroy reality as the cosmically powered super villain known as Parallax, a role he kept FOR YEARS. If you weren’t a Hal Jordan fan you may or may not have had an opinion but if you were a fan this was a horrifying time for you. With Hal DC Comics ended up retconing the whole thing years later so perhaps that will happen with Cyclops at some point in the future. But right now it really sucks to see one of my favorite characters portrayed as a villain that must be taken down. It doesn’t help that Cyclops had the moral high ground the entire series until about issue eight when Namor broke rank and tried to kill everyone.
|This is what we call a "One Winged Angel" scarnario|
So this comic as kind of dumb. Between the portrayal of Cyclops and other characters to the extremely overused plot device of “Professor X Got Killed” I’m not feeling very cheery about the writing here. Not to mention the phenomenal let down of seeing the Hulk in that intro and seeing Rogue early on and thinking “Wow, these guys will play a huge role in this issue”. NOPE! All in all this was a weak issue and it took a lot of shortcuts.
Avengers vs. X-Men # 11 gets 2 Adorable Pandas out of 5.
-The intro is awesome
-The last page is also awesome
-Everything in-between is pretty stupid
-The book uses the overused cliché of the death of Professor X just to get some cheap heat on Cyclops
-Also Cyclops is kind of ruined here
|Cyclops' Dignity R.I.P.|