I can’t help it. The more I look at the new Cyclops design for Uncanny X-Men, the more I wonder just how he’s going to see, never mind shoot his optic blasts in that new helmet/hood/X-design:
- After all, with the new look, he doesn’t have to worry about his arms getting tired from crossing them and frowning whenever there’s a camera nearby, or having to put down his groceries or whatever he’s carrying if someone wants a picture (I wonder, how soon before he’s using his eyebeams to carve “X”s into walls, just like Zorro carved “Z”s into drapes?). So, from that basis alone, I get that the X-head makes some sense. And the overall Chris Bachalo design is definitely an attractive one:
It’s just that – Well, as far as I can tell from all the art I’ve seen of the outfit, the X visor doesn’t actually cover his eyes. Instead, his eyes are covered by the black/dark red/whatever color the rest of the costume actually is (Comics!). Which, unless we’re going for some unstable molecules, oh he can see through his material, thing, means that the guy whose entire power revolves around his eyes is somehow going into battle blind for the sake of fashion from now on.
You know why he’s raising his hand to his head in this promo pic? It’s not because he’s going to activate his optic blast. It’s because he’s pre-emptively shielding himself from the inevitable tumble that will happen when he walks into Wolverine in a second because he can’t see where he’s going. Scott, Scott, Scott: Is this some kind of mid-life crisis reaction to seeing Jean again?