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Fall of the X-Men: Enter X-Men: Schism

Nick Furious 03/06/2011 Reviews

Whether you like it or love it, Cyclops has evolved –  not only has he evolved from being the number one most hated X-Man, he has evolved to being one of the most entertaining characters in the X-Men universe. The days of him being Charles Xavier’s golden boy are a thing of the past – the guy who followed everything in the rulebook has  matured as he decided to follow a new dream. This is what has become of the ex-Boy Scout, who has been tweaked to near perfection. Make no mistake about it, this man is slowly becoming something else entirely –  he is the leader of the X-Men and he is doing things his way now: no Xavier’s dream, no protecting humans, just ensuring mutant survival.

In the midst of this awesome character transformation, one man has grown to respect him more than ever before – Wolverine.  From the looks of it, Wolverine is about to realize Cyclops is turning into an even bigger monster than he ever thought possible.

Wolverine and Cyclops have never really seen eye to eye, but they have developed a kind of ‘friendship’ over the years regardless of rivalry.   It is ironic that through out Wolverine and Cyclops team tenure together, they usually clashed over rules (or girls).  But those days are coming to an end.   Cyclops is becoming more and more similar to a certain arch-nemesis and I’m predicting that Wolverine is about to become (more so) the man who realizes what Scott is becoming.  If recent rumors are true then the X-Men will be splitting into two teams, and I’d be willing to bet dollars to donuts those teams comprise of one being Team Cyclops, the other being Team Wolverine. Perhaps Xavier’s dream will be reborn…

“The previously announced X-Men Prelude miniseries written by Paul Jenkins will be renamed X-Men: Prelude to Schism and kick off the event in May, with four issues drawn by different artists that each follow one of the four most influential members of the team, Professor X, Cyclops, Wolverine and Magneto. Robert De La Torre will draw the first issue, with Laurence Campbell coming on for the second issue.”

“When we started talking with Paul about doing something, it wasn’t what you’re about to see,” explained Nick Lowe. “Paul pulled something out of the air that tied in with what we were planning… What Paul is doing is for the fans. He’s digging into the four main X-Dudes: Xavier, Magneto, Cyclops and Wolverine and each of their point of views. It really focuses on Cyclops and how everyone sees him.”

– Marvel Press Release

While there are websites out there that are claiming that Cyclops will be on the side of Xavier’s dream, while Wolverine will be on a path similar to Magneto’s dream, I just don’t see that happening.   Keep in mind I am not saying that Cyclops won’t some day return to the belief that Xavier’s dream of coexistence is the right thing to do, but I don’t see it happening starting in May.  If anyone is going to be jumping on that bandwagon it’s Wolverine, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see Storm jump on his bandwagon as well.   This epic new journey for our beloved X-Men not only sounds intriguing but it has the potential to be as big of a game changer as House of  M.

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  1. Andy Kirby 03/07/2011 at 6:57 am

    It's about time the team split…It's been a long time coming.

  2. PickleLover 03/07/2011 at 7:02 am

    Darn computer. 😐 Anyways I love in books watching the characters slowly changing into different people, and the processes. That's one of my favorite parts in books, Wether they're turning bad or good 😛

  3. Jason Edwards 03/07/2011 at 10:34 am

    I remember when there was X-Men: Gold and X-Men: Blue.

  4. Nick Furious 03/07/2011 at 12:26 pm

    Jason I remember that was well…now every X team kind of looks towards Cyclops for leadership. I don't think anyone could have ever predicted that.

  5. abe 04/04/2011 at 2:19 pm

    not sure about storm on team wolverine

    they had a bit of a fallinh out at the end of second coming

  6. DP 05/21/2011 at 10:16 pm

    From what I understand, Cyclops is taking an isolationist stance and wants to keep mutantkind and humanity segregated, while Wolverine wants them to co-exist and integrate into society. I definitely see Storm siding with Wolverine if that's the case.

  7. KaleRylan 05/23/2011 at 6:17 pm

    I really hope they make a point of keeping the two points of view grey. Yes, Cyclops may have crossed some lines and seems to follow a 'mutants first' standpoint nowadays, but Wolverine is still the guy that restarted the x-death squad after Cyclops finally decided that it was unnecessary. Considering that was one of the main things that the other x-men got angry at cyclops for in the first place, I don't want to just see all the 'good' x-men joining wolverine without addressing the fact that he's doing exactly what scott did.

    And at the same time I don't want them to have him just hide it from that either, we've already done that plotline, don't have them just repeat it with Wolverine.

  8. SacsoMx 06/08/2011 at 10:58 am

    I left reading X-Men when Morrison started his run (it was very revolutonary and insane compared to the classic stories I was reading)… Messiah Complex and Second Commig were the crossovers that made me return to enjoy the mutant's adventures. I left X-Men again with the idea they were finally accepted by humans after beign saved from Bastion's attack at San Francisco.

    I'm really amazed that finally is comming a X-Event which promises a real conflict between Cyclops and Wolverine (I'd wondered it happened in the 90's).

    I hope that in this series take importance the Cyclops-Apocalypse fusion; that could be the reason of Cyclops evolution… As mentioned on Nick's article, Cyclops has been seeking for mutant survival, no matter new mutants are born since M-Day because mutants are not a endangered species, Why Cyclops is applying Apocalypse concept: "the survival of the strong", I understand that nowadays he doesn't mind for humans sake as Xavier did.

    Schism may be the moral series I was waiting for years… the mutants have a great responsability while possessing great powers, the mutants are feared and hated by humans and so Xavier's dream is conceived no matter how many mad mutants turns it to a nightmare. It's interesting to know what ways the X-Men will choose after this crossover happens in order to keep xavier's dream alive.

    Thanks and best regards.

  9. Eric Sueing 06/16/2011 at 1:56 pm

    If they gonna the Civil War version of the X-Men, then I want Wolverine to play the role of Captain America with Storm playing the role of Luke Cage in their attempts to resurrect Xavier's dream of humans and mutants co-existing in harmony and Cyclops playing the role of Iron Man with Magneto, Namor and Emma Frost at his side.

  10. Nate 07/18/2011 at 2:39 pm

    I'm glad Cyke is evolving and growing…I loved seeing his change after the fusion, they were finaly giving him credit and screentime. Wolverine is the most overrated and over used character in marvel, next to Nick Fury. He's everywhere, and I like that schism seems to be addressing the fact that that's retarded. I'm glad Cykes not the big stick in the mud that seemed to be so popular in the 90s.

  11. gabe 10/25/2011 at 2:44 am

    cyclops has been my character forever but too bad writers and films dont give him the respect. I think cyclops is the xmen period.

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