Uncanny X-Men Annual #1
Written by Ed Brisson
Art by Carlos Gomez
Colors by GURU-eFX
Letters by Joe Caramagna
Cyclops has returned and his resurrection is going to force him to make a decision about who he is and what it means to be a hero.
In the past, Cyclops finds himself helping a student at a local college after a fired professor uses robots to destroy the campus. The significance of that rescue comes into focus when young Cable goes to the man for his unique expertise in designing a device that can siphon the energy of the Phoenix Force.
When the opportunity to use that device comes, Scott is confused about how he returned, why he’s back and why Cable won’t let him leave. It culminates in Scott having to make a decision that will determine what kind of a hero he truly is. Even if it means the end of the X-Men.
First we got the return of Phoenix and now the return of Cyclops and the best part is that both stories are connected.
Brisson does a great job of connecting Scott’s return to Jean and the story that he weaves around this particular resurrection has some fun and interesting moments. The fact that the catalyst of Scott’s return is connected to an act he performed in the past is inspired and poetic in its execution. Adding the human story to this annual makes Scott’s return more poignant. Brisson does an excellent job of explaining the process behind Scott’s return in a way that is entertaining and engaging to the reader. The issue moves at a good pace and there are great call backs to previous arcs that will satisfy fans. I can’t wait to see what the fallout of Scott’s decision is and what he does next to bring back the mutants.
I loved the art in this issue. Carlos Gomez does some amazing things visually with this issue. The highlight is definitely the throwback, newsprint visual style of the first flashback. It looks amazing.