Cyclops as Woman

Cyclops: Love Triangles in Comics

It’s a common claim that comics are, shall we say, not particularly wholesome in their treatment of women.  On the one hand, comics turn female heroes into sex bombs, dressed in skin tight costumes that leave little to the imagination.  On the other hand, they turn women into little more than love interests for the men.  But are these criticisms always fair?

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to intermittently look at Cyclops – arguably the X-Men’s greatest leader.  I’m going to examine how different things play out in his life, and see how much criticism we can make of comics and their treatment of women.  I’m even going to turn his world upside-down, and ask how effective his plots would’ve been had he been a woman…

But first, today I want to examine one thing that’s cropped up in Cyclops’ life time and again: the love triangle.

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Juggernaut

Rogue’s Gallery: Juggernaut

The story of the Juggernaut truly begins aeons ago, with the mystical being known as Cyttorak.  As the human race first came to be, Cyttorak was worshipped as a god; however, Cyttorak – along with several other similarly powerful beings – was banished from Earth.  For Cyttorak, he watched from a distant realm known as the Crimson Cosmos.  In modern comics, Magik has called Cyttorak a Hell Lord, one with absolute control over his realm.

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KittyKurthug

What’s In Xavier’s Last Will and Testament?

 

Brian? Can I call you Brian? I feel that over the last year or so I’ve really gotten to know you through your writing, but just one thing. What’s in the damn Will, other than Xavier married Mystique, that is soooo incendiary? See Brian, I just feel that everything in this issue was not that big of a deal. I’ll explain below, with some spoilers….and some pros and cons.

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Xandar concept art

Week of Marvels 06/09/2014

First of all, I know she’s highly unlikely to ever read MahMuseComics, but on behalf of the site congratulations to Scarlett (Black Widow) Johansson and her fiance on the birth of their daughter Rose Dorothy!

Moving on, there’s been turmoil in the Marvel Universe – it’s been a big week!

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Dark Phoenix

Is Jean Grey the Phoenix?

Are Jean Grey and the Phoenix one and the same?

Christina raised an interesting point a couple of days ago; if Jean Grey and the Phoenix are one, then what does that say about Jean’s state of mind?  Her article, while controversially titled, is actually really interesting reading.  Except… I think she misses the point.  Not that I’m any better, because I think I’ve only just got the point myself!

I’ve just reread the Grant Morrison era of X-Men comics.  Now, it has to be said, I’m not a fan; the guy’s writing just sits uncomfortably with me.  But in reality, what Morrison did to Jean sits at the heart of this whole discussion.  And as I thought about this, I actually came to a position where I had a bit of a change of mind… Continue reading

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