I’ve never really been a fan of Cyclops. The character has either been under-used or mishandled for decades, but Greg Rucka and Russell Dauterman have changed that. Cyclops #1 may just be the start of Slim’s adventures in space with his dad, but it’s a truly excellent one — Bill & Ted allusions notwithstanding.
It might be that Rucka and Dauterman are lucky to have a fresh slate to work with. This is the original Scott Summers from the original X-Men, who were pulled forward in time by Beast and are now stuck in our timeline. Some members decided to join “current” Cyclops at his new school for mutants, while teenaged Scott ran off with his dad Corsair when he discovered he was still alive. Dauterman’s redesigns of Corsair and the Starjammers are great— just modern enough but maintaining enough of the original costume’s ridiculousness. If I can pause a moment to address anyone reading who’s attracted to men: buy this book, if only for Corsair’s new look alone. Douchey space pirate has NEVER looked so good.
But I digress. Rucka makes Cyclops a character who is easy to empathize with. He’s had more than his fair share of world shattering revelations recently, and with the news that his dad is alive, you completely understand why he’s run off with him. You also understand his self-doubt and awkwardness, especially being the new kid in a group of established explorers. Oh, and also he's a teenage boy. It’s great to see this doubt in Corsair too, as he’s thrown into the father role for a nearly adult boy. How would you deal with this situation? While fighting aliens in space (depicted in some spectacular action sequences), to boot? The solution they come up with is great, and I think will allow for some really great character moments to come.
I honestly can’t believe how much I liked this book. Story, art, colour work, everything. Rucka and Dauterman have made me a Cyclops fan, even if just for this run.