First thought while looking at the newly-released All-New X-Men cover (above on the left, with the covers for All-New X-Men #1 and 2): “Oh, man. Cyclops lives through Avengers vs. X-Men? Well, maybe it’s a fake out and all of the characters on that cover are dead or something.”
Second thought: “Where’s Colossus?”
Poor Piotr Rasputin has had a hard time of it in the last few years; he got himself Juggernautized, he got himself Phoenix Five’d, and he’s struggled with both developments, finding out firsthand that absolute power really does tend to corrupt absolutely if you don’t fight against it constantly. And so, he’s been fighting – himself, the Avengers, his own sister… And I think about all of this, and I wonder: Is Colossus the characters who is going to die in AvX?
It would provide some sense of tragedy, of course, and a loss that wouldn’t necessarily feel “deserved” (If Cyclops dies, it could be said that he’d brought it on himself at this point, let’s be honest); it’d also provide an endpoint for a character who seems to have been at a loose end in recent years, and who has arguably outlived his usefulness just a few short years after being brought back from his first death. Plus, it leaves both Cyclops and Emma Frost around for future stories and, hopefully(?), redemption of sorts.
That he’s missing off a set of covers seems like a ridiculous reason to start thinking all of the above, I know, but still: He really should be on one of those three covers if he were still around, shouldn’t he…?