Okay I confess, it’s true, I like Cyclops. I really do think he is the best X-Man. It’s hard to admit this. I don’t know why, but it is. Mainly because of all the great X-men that have been around. It’s easy to over look him. It’s also hard to stack up to Wolverine in general. Cyclops has it rough, but I have a few good reasons why everyone should move Scott up the list of best X-Men characters.
First, it’s hard to be a leader. It’s hard to be a leader in a military unit. The X-Men are a military unit plus so much more. He’s a teacher, commander, ambassador and warrior. It’s hard to wear all those hats and Scott Summers has been doing it a very long time. Marvel has plenty of teams where leaders have come and gone. Cyclops has stood by the X-men for a long time. He’s lost his wife several times, his son has traveled through time in different incarnations and he’s kept plugging along. Commanders in militaries don’t know every solider by their face, but Scott has watched kids he taught grow into adults and fight beside him only to fall in battle. The pressure to perform must be intense.
Secondly, Wolverine and Gambit are cool, Colossus and Rouge are strong and most of the others have a physical edge in one way or another. Scott is always in great shape and that alone is worth noting. You don’t see him winded running into battle with the likes of Wolverine. He has taken beating from being much much stronger than him and survived. It’s a small wonder he’s alive at all. I know he’s not flashy, and suffers from not being very relatable. (Like Superman) He’s got it where it counts, though, and I for one think everyone should give him more love.
I will talk about how his mutant ability on Monday. That gets it’s own blog. Stay tuned for part two.