Poor Cyclops. In some story arcs he’s an orphan, in others his parents don’t understand him (It’s not heat vision, it’s concussive force!) He can’t take off his glasses. He’s the teacher’s pet, but not the sharpest knife in the drawer. His leadership of the X-Men is always being questioned. His relationship with his brother Havok isn’t great. His great love Jean Grey is dead, not dead, dead, not dead…His current girlfriend Emma Frost is a bitch. His powers disappear, reappear, disappear…The Scarlet Witch depowers the mutants with a sentence fragment. And in Avengers Vs. X-Men he gets to be the most powerful mutant of all— and turns into Magneto Lite.
On the other hand Cyclops isn’t goody two-shoes anymore.
The Phoenix Force returns yet again (that’s why it’s called the Phoenix), but instead of possessing the mutant “messiah” Hope Summers it splits five ways and inhabits five X-Men including Cyclops. Captain America and the Avengers view the Phoenix as a threat that must be destroyed; Cyclops insists that its power can be used to change the world for the better (and rebuild the mutant population). It’s what might’ve happened if the Fellowship of the Ring had decided to hold on to the One Ring and try to wield it for good: They can’t.
The Avengers get their asses kicked. Cyclops gets more and more psychotic and as reported in the media, kills a major character who’s already died a few times before. The series is highly entertaining, but a bit weak on story, and it doesn’t hold a candle to the original Dark Phoenix saga by Chris Claremont. (We want Dazzler to save the world with her disco powers!)
AVX has AR (Augmented Reality) content you can access by downloading the free Marvel app. We thought that if we trained our camera at a picture of Iron Man a hologram of Robert Downey, Jr would appear and we would discuss Weird Science, and if we pointed at Thor Chris Hemsworth would build us a treehouse. Nope, but we got lots, lots, lots of features and interviews with Marvel writers and artists. The book also has a print version of the digital Infinite Comics, which does not have all the features of the digital version you can download from the app.
The hardcover AVX also contains Versus, which answers the eternal question: If Superhero A fought with Superhero X, who would win? As expected, Iron Man battles Magneto, Thing and Colossus clobber each other, Russians Black Widow and Illyana Rasputin fight, and ex-spouses Storm and Black Panther ditch their marriage counselor. The other match-ups we don’t get, among them Thing vs Namor, Captain America vs Gambit, and Thor vs Emma Frost. Why Thor vs Emma Frost, are they fighting over who has the better conditioner?