This series keeps getting better and better. While Cyclops #3 doesn’t have as much action as the previous issues did, it makes up for it with stunning art, creature design, and a whole lot of heart. Now, before I lose all the bros, don’t worry: there’s nothing overly smushy going on between Corsair and Cyclops. Not just because that would be weird for several reasons. This issue allows readers to watch as father and son face impossible odds together, and grow closer as a result. Corsair is so human it hurts. He’s flawed, made bad decisions throughout his life (chief amongst them not returning to raise his sons), but is trying to do right now. Greg Rucka took a character seldom mentioned in the modern Marvel Universe and made him easy to sympathize with, despite the ridiculous facial hair. Which, I maintain, works really well for him. But I digress.
The issue starts off with teenage Scott documenting his latest adventures with his dad before trouble finds them once again. Crash landing in a mostly habitable planet, they are left with only the basics to keep them alive— including just a week’s worth of what Corsair risked both their lives to secure in the last issue. I thought Rucka would drag out the tension related to Corsair’s secret much longer but by dealing with it in this issue, he sets up a fantastic moment between the two Summers’ boys. To be fair, this entire series is made up of great moments between those two. #3 ends on a somewhat depressing note but somehow, there is still light ahead, as dark as it may seem right now.
Russell Dauterman’s art continues to impress, and not just because he drew Corsair shirtless for most of the issue. Dauterman’s panels are dynamic, balancing action with subtle facial expressions that convey so much more than the stock expressions others rely on for emotional reactions. There is so much going on in his art but it never feels overwhelming. That being said, Chris Sotomayor’s colour work on the alien world crash landing scene is a burst of vivid tones— almost too rich initially— but once you become accustomed to the palette, it’s a delight to pour over.
Cyclops #3 is a solid chapter in the Summers’ story, and confirmation that Rucka and Dauterman’s run is redefining two great (and often under appreciated) characters.