12th Feb 2015 / Casey Malone 1

If you're as excited as me, I'm guessing you're familiar with the X-Men's leader, the brilliant tactician whose mutant power to fire optic blasts from his eyes has to be constantly kept in check by his ruby-quartz glasses. If you're not excited, I have to assume it's because you're either not familiar with the character, or don't know what totally rules about him. Well, My Merry Marvel Puzzle Quest Player, I'm here to help. Here are a few great Cyclops stories that'll have you asking "Wolverwho?" after you're done reading them.

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #127
http://marvel.com/comics/issue/12444/uncanny_x-men_1963_127
Before we get into the modern version of the character we've added to Marvel Puzzle Quest, let's quickly look back at one of the coolest Cyclops moments from the old school, Uncanny X-Men team. After getting their butts handed to them by the mutant menace Proteus, the X-Men are in rough shape, with resident tough guy Wolverine literally shaking. Cyclops needs to snap his team out of it, or else. I don't want to spoil it, but over the course of two pages, Cyke shows off why he's got the skills and the smarts to be in charge of this team of incredible heroes.

Astonishing X-Men (2004) #1 through #24
http://marvel.com/comics/issue/660/astonishing_x-men_2004_1
Written by Joss Whedon (where have I heard that name before?), there's a lot going on in this X-Men comic. The return of Colossus and Kitty Pryde, bringing back spandex and super-heroics that had been missing from X-Men comics since the Grant Morrison run (for a while they all wore leather jackets), plus new and terrifying enemies for the X-Men to fight. But my favorite thing about this comic is the way that, slowly, in the background, Whedon shows everyone that they've been underestimating Cyclops. Some of the character's best moments ever happen near the end of this run of comics, and luckily getting to them is a blast, too.

Uncanny X-Men (2013) #1
http://marvel.com/comics/issue/46653/uncanny_x-men_2013_1
At last we've come to the version of Cyclops you can see in Marvel Puzzle Quest, the modern version of the character. After the events of Avengers Vs. X-Men, Cylcops isn't the pillar of the super hero community he once was. Instead, he's an underground freedom fighter, an outlaw who's decided that decades of working within the system have gotten mutantkind nowhere, and it's time to start fighting for their own place in the world. The way Brian Michael Bendis (one of my favorite writers) puts Cyclops' morality in-between Professor X and Magneto's is a new and totally interesting take on the character, and this is a great jumping on point to everything happening with him in the Marvel Universe today.

That's it for Cyclops! See you in a couple weeks for more comic recommendations for new Marvel Puzzle Quest characters!



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