Scott Summers has not been in Marvel’s new X-Men books. Okay, well, his time-displaced teen self has, but that’s a long story for another time. But while Cyclops has been absent, he’s had a very strong presence in the X-Men’s current adventure—for very bad reasons. And his latest moment is no exception.
Spoilers ahead for Extraordinary X-Men #4, by Jeff Lemire, Humberto Ramos, Edgar Delgado, Victor Olazaba, and Joe Caramagna.
We still don’t know a lot about what Cyclops did in the 8-month period between the end of Secret Wars and the start of Marvel’s “All-New, All-Different” wave of comics, but there’s been enough insinuations. Although Uncanny X-Men #600 seemingly ended with Scott, who had spent years wracked with anger after he killed Charles Xavier, uniting Mutantkind in peace. His much feared “Mutant Revolution” was in fact to show the world that Mutants could come together in one place and not lash out in anger.
Something changed in him after that, and when the Inhuman terrigen mist covered the world, creating new Inhumans and poisoning/sterilizing Mutants, Scott apparently attacked the Inhumans and died in the process.
But, this is comic books. People don’t just stay dead unless their name’s “Uncle Ben” or “Gwen Stacy” (and even that one isn’t wholly true lately). And if the climax of Extraordinary X-Men #4 is anything to go by, Scott may be back from the grave... and a little different.
Long time X-Men foe Mister Sinister has been taking his own look into the problems Mutants have been facing with the Terrigen mist, and ever the genetic scientist, he’s been trying to find a way to make Mutants resistant to the mist. Ever the villain, Sinister’s been doing that by kidnapping mutants, painfully experimenting on them to splice them with Inhuman DNA, and then exposing them to Terrigen mist. None of his tests have worked yet, so they end up dying horribly. That’s not very nice, but then again, he’s Mister Sinister. “Not very nice” is probably his first name.
The X-Men soon discover that Sinister has captured Colossus and his sister, Magik, for his experiments, and track the villain down. They rescue the two X-Men, but at the very end of the issue Sinister reveals that not every Mutant he’s experiment on has perished upon contact with the mist:
Being a last page reveal, we have no idea how Sinister found Scott, why he survived the testing, and what it means now that he’s some kind of crazy Mutant/Inhuman hybrid that’s half man, half scaly monster. Hell, we don’t even know if it’s the real Scott Summers, and not a clone or robot or, given that this is comics, a clone-robot.
But it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more Cyclops in Extraordinary X-Men’s near future.