Tuesday, June 16, 2015

X-Men: First Class by Jeff Parker Vol. 2 issue #10

I have maintained a very complex and inexplicable relationship with one Scott Summers, otherwise known as the mutant Cyclops. I mean, honestly, who hasn't? Any X-Men reader and fan had, at one point in their lives, tried to understand how they feel about him because this motherfucker has never been flat on anyone's radar. He's far too much of a polarizing character to just be casually dismissed.

As the leader of the Original Core Five (I'm gonna start abbreviating this to OCF now to save time), Scott bears the burden of commanding missions and being responsible for everyone's participation, performance and safety. In XMFC, we get a youthful, doubtful and moody Scott who is afraid of his powers because shooting laser beams from your eyes is as dangerous as it gets and he always has to wear specialized shades to protect people around him. 

Nevertheless, Xavier sees him as someone who is born to lead mainly because he adheres to caution and values everyone's well-being because he worries in advance and sometimes to a fault. It's a sad development then to witness this golden boy turn rotten and now the infamous militant leader of the current comics run. It upsets me but it is inarguable the natural progression of his character arc which was a long time coming. 

But I digress. For this installment, we finally get a story where Scott is the sole central figure which was odd in itself because you'd think a single character can't carry an entire plot by himself but if there is anyone who can do it then I suppose it has to be Scott. The reason why everyone else is out of commission is because the four youngsters got some awful case of stomach flu and Scott was already sent in a solo mission by the professor so he did not get sick. 

The professor wanted to train him separate from everyone else because he was confident in Scott's abilities and as soon as they figured out together what Cyclops is up against, Xavier maintains that he wouldn't have chosen anyone else but him. It has always been apparent that Xavier is training Scott to one day take over when he's gone so sending him out on his own was only necessary. I'm also glad that he has an open communication with Xavier here the entire time.

In this mission, Scott learns that there are dangers to always having your guard up. The truth is, he needs to be less cautious and more sensitive to other needs and to stop treating himself like a walking hazard. It's just heartbreaking that when he did eventually get over this insecurity, he gains a less than optimistic perspective on his powers and leadership and became the harsher and inflexible semi-villain he is today in comics. So I was happy to be reminded of a young Scott, brimming with potentials. I really missed this version of him and I really want to keep reading this series just so I can hold onto this Scott Summers a little longer, if possible.


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