Monday, June 9, 2008

All-New, All-Different, X-Men X-tra: Cyclops

The first X-Man recruited by Charles Xavier and one of the original five X-Men, Cyclops has had a large presence in X-Men-related comics since their inception. As the field leader of the X-Men, Scott Summers was originally created by writer Stan Lee and artist/co-writer Jack Kirby, he first appeared in The X-Men #1 (September 1963).

Cyclops produces powerful "optic blasts" from his eyes, forcing him to wear specialized glasses at all times and a specialized visor in combat. He has always been shown to be not only Charles Xavier's most loyal student, but also the one who most believes in his dream of mutant and human equality.

When the X-Men were defeated by Krakoa the Living Island, Cyclops was the only member who was able to escape and return to Xavier. He then helped train a new group of X-Men ("Second Genesis"), which included Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler and Wolverine to rescue the others. When the other original X-Men (Angel, Beast, Iceman, Jean Grey, Havok and Polaris) decided to leave in light of the arrival of the new X-Men, Cyclops opted to remain, feeling that he would never be able to lead a normal life because of the uncontrollable nature of his powers.

It was only after Jean Grey’s return to the team, and the events that led to her becoming Phoenix, and ultimately to her untimely “death” that Scott Summers actually left the X-Men (albeit temporarily).

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