Monday, January 28, 2019

Uncanny X-Men Annual #1

Welcome back Scott Summers. I've made no secret of the fact that my interest in all things X-Men has waned considerably since the death of Cyclops. With the help of the "new and improved" younger version of Cable, Uncanny X-Men Annual #1 puts things right by returning Scott Summers to the land of the living. As with Green Lantern: Rebrith (the Geoff Johns standard for resurrected and redeeming a fallen hero), things get a little tricky and a bit convoluted in explaining how the hero is resurrected. However, at least for now, I'm happy that Marvel long ago abandoned their original mandate of when someone dies in the Marvel Universe they stay dead.

The story by writer Ed Brisson and Carlos Gomez ties in a flashback to a scientist crucial for Cable to bring Cyclops back (and printing it in old-school comic-style was a nice touch). As we've seen elsewhere, the new Cable is a bit of a dick forcing Cyclops to choose between helping the X-Men or saving the innocent man who resurrected him. Rebranding the character firmly back in the hero column, the real question is where does Cyclops go from here in his steps to rebuild the X-Men? Worth a look.

[Marvel, $4.99]

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