Brian Michael Bendis
(a) Frazer Irving
No matter what Brian Michael Bendis does, he cannot convince me to get behind Cyclops as an antihero. The point of the current run of Uncanny X-Men is to showcase Cyclops as a terrorist on the wrong side of the law for the first time in his life. This is an important time for Scott Summers because he now perceives humanity as a hostile entity hellbent on mutantkind’s destruction — the exact opposite of what he was taught by Professor Charles Xavier. Bendis’ Uncanny X-Men is supposed to highlight the duality of Scott’s situation and how perception is everything when it comes to civil rights. If Xavier and Magneto were once analogies for Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X — in respects to their methods of achieving social equality — then Cyclops is symbolic of the Black Panthers, an organization that had very good intentions but often fell into discord and chaos due to a truly defined lack of direction. But that’s a very, very loose metaphor.
It was fair game to hate on Cyclops before Avengers vs. X-Men and the horrible events that happened at the end. Now, Bendis is trying to make him seem multifaceted and more well-rounded. Instead, it’s painfully obvious that Cyclops is still the self-entitled ass he’s always been, he just now has a different cause to fight for and it happens to be against popular opinion. What really irks me the most about Cyclops in the ‘Marvel NOW!’ era is how smug he acts. Cyclops, Emma Frost, Magneto, and Magik — the only non-new mutants in the bunch — are all suffering form malfunctioning powers. For a man whose middle name was responsibility, it’s downright frustrating to see Cyclops seek out and train brand new mutants when he doesn’t have his own house in order.
Mostly, Uncanny X-Men #10 truly brings home the idea that Cyclops is just a dick. Scott’s ego got big when he became a symbol of mutant oppression. Whether he earned the label or not, he’s hammed it up on more than one occasion like he’s the true mutant leader. This month, media outlets are reporting a massive protest in support of Cyclops and his more aggressive agenda. Without thinking twice, he whisks his new students directly into the public eye which ends up not being the public eye at all, but rather a trap set to catch the egomaniacal Cyclops. It’s obviously a trap. It’s so damn obvious you want to smack Cyclops and tell him to get his thumb out of his butt and stop being a whiny little jerk.