Death of X Will Finally Reveal What the Hell Is Up With Cyclops

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Oh, and Mutants will be fighting Inhumans because of course they will. But after months of uncertainty as to what went down with Cyclops in the run up to Marvel’s “All-New, All-Different” reboot, a new miniseries will explore the events that lead to Scott Summers’ mysterious disappearance.


In the current comics, Cyclops—not his younger, time-lost self, who’s also running around, but the adult Cyclops—is believed dead by his former allies, and vilified for whatever actions he took that lead to said death, as they initiated a period of hostility between Mutant-kind and the Inhumans.

Extraordinary X-Men #2, art by Humberto Ramos, and Victor Olazaba.
Extraordinary X-Men #2, art by Humberto Ramos, and Victor Olazaba.

But no clear answer about how it all went down in the eight months between the end of Secret Wars and the start of Marvel’s reset universe has been given, until now. Revealed by Entertainment Weekly, Death of X (written by Jeff Lemire and Charles Soule with art from Aaron Kuder), will be a four-part miniseries that explores that eight-month period. Set mostly within that unexplored area, it will focus on what just happened to Scott, and how his actions have lead to the current status quo where Inhumans are on the rise and Mutants are being poisoned and sterilized by the Terrigen Mists.

It’ll be nice to get some answers! And, presumably, as this is comics, perhaps learn that Cyclops isn’t as dead as his friends think he is. Death of X begins in October.

James is a News Editor at io9. He wants pictures. Pictures of Spider-Man!

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Ike Thermite

The funny thing is although there are people who see the last several years as Cyclops slowly turning into a villain, or as simple character assassination by the various writers/editors involved, there’s ALSO a large contingent of fans who have appreciated his transition towards being one of the MU’s resident badasses, particularly as a leader and a strategist with his own style separate from Xavier’s or Magneto’s.

The problem is that Marvel wrote themselves into a corner by never having him do anything ACTUALLY villainous (even the thing with the Phoenix Force), they just had characters around him overreact or bluntly say stuff about him being a bad guy, so if it was character assassination it was character assassination by proxy!

So there was a dichotomy between how certain writers wanted us to think about him, and how he was actually perceived (Cyclops WAS right!)