Which Dead X-MAN Returns In EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #4 -- And How? SPOILERS

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Page from 'Extraordinary X-Men #4'
Page from 'Extraordinary X-Men #4'
Credit: Marvel Comics

There’s been a mystery building about the disappearance of longtime X-Men leader Cyclops in "All-New All-Different Marvel." Said to be dead by Storm and others in previous X-Men books, this week's Extraordinary X-Men #4 adds a new wrinkle to that.

Spoilers ahead.

Whereas the previous issue stated that Cyclops was killed after attacking the Inhumans, this week’s Extraordinary X-Men #4 reveals he's back -- even though he may still be dead. Here's how it happens.

When the X-Men finally breach Mr. Sinister's base to rescue Colossus, Magick and Nightcrawler, they discover that the villain is exposing mutants to the Terrigen Mists in an attempt to create a hybrid mutant/Inhuman race. Just before Sinister can test this on Magick, Old Man Logan delivers some strategically placed claws right through his torso.

Page from 'Extraordinary X-Men #4'
Page from 'Extraordinary X-Men #4'
Credit: Marvel Comics

In the ensuing clash, the X-Men handily defeat Sinister’s Marauders, and that’s when things get weird. Not only is Nightcrawler in some kind of daze, but Sinister seizes the team’s confusion to unveil his secret weapon – Cyclops.

But not just Cyclops. The reanimated (if he was ever actually dead) Cyclops, twisted by the Terrigen Mists and under Sinister’s control, ready to take on his old teammates. Sinister has always had a fascination with the Summers bloodline going back decades, with this playing into that well with current events.

Time will tell exactly how Cyclops will fit into the team’s future – whether he can be redeemed, or if the man they face now is simply a hollow shell twisted by Sinister’s machinations. It is interesting how similarly his fate echoes that of his fallen mentor Professor X, whose own body and powers were used by the Red Skull against mutantkind after his death in Uncanny Avengers and later in Axis.

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