|Cyclops #9 cover by Alexander Lozano|
Cyclops continues to straddle a precarious position. On one side he needs to protect his captured father, the pirate Corsair of the Starjammers, and on the other side he has to maintain the pretense of being a crew member on the captors' ship the Desolation.
This has presented some unique opportunities to see the young Cyclops develop. During the teen's time on the ship, he has found himself pursued by the captain's daughter while he still feels something for Jean Grey. The awkwardness, both situational and physical, of the teenager is depicted by through writer John Layman and artist Javier Garron.
Layman's story in issue #9 continues in a consistent manner from the previous issues. The story is fine. Just fine. It isn't an explosion off the page; rather, it feels more subdued. This may or may not be his intention, but it certainly isn't gripping me. I have hope for future issues, but time will tell.
|No one can hear you scream in space|
Garron depicts wonderful settings in the characters explore and interact. The planet of Karchenar-4 is the perfect example of the artists working in tandem. Garron's inking is solid in this issue and consistently so in Cyclops. One grumble I have, though, is the depiction of human or humanoid characters' faces; the cartoonish quality of their features distracts from the more serious aspects of the story. While they are fun to experience, the style isn't a personal favorite, nevertheless, this is a minor issue.
|Let the torture commence|
The new artistic team and concept have the potential to do something great, but the total package doesn't feel like it is coming together. It is currently in a difficult position, having to follow a solid run from the previous artistic team. Yet is does show what could be achieved within the same series. The emotional weight of the father and son relationship was a great draw to the series that seems to be missing now, and although I believe this is deliberate on Layman' s part, the loss of that emotional connection with the characters means that readers have to dig deeper to relate to them in a meaningful way.
|Quality Father and Son time|
Owing to this, I wonder whether Cyclops will make it out the other side of the Black Vortex event that begins next month. I wouldn't be surprised to see a shakeup, and Marvel certainly hasn't been shy to pull books that don't perform well enough.
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