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Rucka Returns to Marvel at the Helm of a New Cyclops Ongoing

Posted on February 13, 2014 at 5:26 am by Tyler Waterman

WARNING: This contains spoilers from this week’s All-New X-Men #23.

In what can only be an extremely early Christmas present just for me, Marvel has announced that Greg Rucka has returned to write Cyclops, an ongoing series focusing on the young Cyclops from All-New X-Men going on a “cosmic road trip” with his father Corsair. Corsair was believed to be dead until this week’s issue of ANXM, where he was revealed to be very much alive, and still the leader of the Starjammers.

While Rucka has been producing excellent freelance books like Lazarus and the upcoming Veil, he isn’t an unknown name at Marvel, having been responsible for the 2011 Punisher series that many (myself included) consider to be one of the most definitive runs for the character. Now Rucka is back, and is looking to do the same with Cyclops, though his return to Marvel doesn’t appear to be as surprising to him as it does to many of us.

“It feels like I’ve been misquoted about this,” Rucka told CBR. “I’ve never felt like, ‘Eh, f*** work-for-hire.’ Work-for-hire has been very, very good to me, in many, many ways. It is a privilege, more often than not, to get to work on iconic characters. You’re talking about Scott Summers. Come on! This is a cool opportunity.”

Russell Dauterman has signed on as artist for the book, who is a reletively unknown name in comics. However, Rucka made it clear he was clearly the best choice to achieve the look he wanted in the book.

“One of the things I really liked is, I want the teenagers to look like teenagers,” Rucka said. “I don’t want them to look like small grown-ups. I want them to be a little awkward, and a little gawky, because a lot of what is going on here is that dynamic between father and son, and son is at an awkward age. He’s going to interact with others that are at a similarly awkward age. One of the things that I loved about Russell’s work is that he can do that. It’s not an easy thing to do. I’m really looking forward to seeing what he delivers.”

While the book is obviously going to be filled with epic space action and crazy interstellar locales, that father/son dynamic is clearly going to be the focus of the title.

As Rucka explains, “There’s a line in the first issue where Chris has been talking to Hepzibah, and Hepzibah basically says, ‘Look, all he wants is time with his father.’ Chris is like, ‘I’m not sure I know how to be his father.’ Near the end of the issue, there’s a moment between Scott and Chris, and Chris says, ‘I’m pretty sure I suck as a dad.’ Scott says, ‘That’s alright, I suck as a 16-year-old.’ Chris says, ‘I’ll tell you a secret, Scott: We all suck as a 16-year-olds.’

While this comes as a surprise to absolutely no one, I can’t be more excited for this book, but not simply because Cyclops is the star. When a character has been around for 50 years, there aren’t many things you haven’t seen them do, but this is genuinely new territory for Scott Summers. While Xavier was always a “father-figure,” no figure can replace the real thing, and Scott and Corsair have never genuinely had extended time together, especially not with Scott as a teenager. Watching a father/son dynamic in action with such an unlikely pair might be the most fun I’ve had since Bruce and Damian Wayne.

The new series is set to debut in May of this year, and simply can’t come fast enough. In the meantime, check out the cover to issue #1 below, and start getting ready now to head to space with the Summers!

Source: CBR




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