draco x wrote:Superboy Prime-
Once a former hero but turned into an evil and whiney dipshit. Why? Apparently, the loss of his world caused him to go crazy and evil and perform retcon punches( Really, DC?) as well as rip people's arms off and go into temper tantrums when things didn't go his way. I could go into a rant about how stupid this is all over but I will cut this short by saying this was IDIOTIC! While Prime was nothing but an alternate Superman that was never a major character when created, his motivation for being evil and whiney made no sense. Plus, it's hard to take a character seriously who cries like a bitch when he gets his ass kicked, no matter how vicious you make him.
Don't get me wrong, I have little to no love for Superboy Prime but how exactly didn't this make sense. First of all, Superboy Prime had a different upbringing than Earth-1 or Earth-2 Superman. We have no idea what type of morals or values his parents raised him with. Second, he is a teenage boy
that lost everything
during the Crisis of Infinite Earths. Not just his girlfriend, not just his parents, and not just his home. Everything that was his world was completely gone. Finally, he helps save the universe and then he is trapped in a pocket universe with arguably the most noble and heroic version of himself there is, his elderly wife, and Alexander Luthor. From that pocket universe he is forced to watch the exploits of all of the people that they saved. Those people didn't live up to his expectations and he became disillusioned. The most important part of my argument is the point that Superboy Prime is a teenage boy. Like I said, I have almost no love for Superboy Prime but his evolution into what he eventually became makes sense to me.
Does anybody note how Cyclops is currently portrayed as Magneto's mini-me as a self-righteous, manipulative and arrogant bastard? I mean Cyclops was always a hardcase from the get-go but at least he was more down to earth than he is now. Currently he is just a prick all over. I won't even get started on the Avengers/ X-Men crossover this year where he believes that the Phoenix can save mutantkind. Really, Scott, did you think that last one through? The Phoenix is a mass-murdering force of nature, not some messianic force of good-bearings.
Avengers vs. X-Men is still a month away and we don't know exactly what will be the last straw between them. Yes, we know it has something to do with the Phoenix, Hope, and possibly the Scarlet Witch but we still don't know how those things tie together. For all we know, Captain America and the Avengers could be coming to the X-Men, demanding that they allow Wanda to erase Hope from existence so that the Phoenix won't have a suitable host when it arrives on Earth. For all we know, the Avengers could be the bad guys in this situation. Plus, out of everyone in the Marvel Universe, Cyclops is arguably one of the best experts when it comes to the Phoenix. Any act of aggression on the Avengers part could be the catalyst that causes the Phoenix to unleash its unholy destruction upon the Earth.
Personality wise, Cyclops has been trained to be a solider and a leader since he was a teenager but he has always had Xavier to fall back on. Suddenly, House of M and Decimation happen and Cyclops is thrust full force into that leadership role. However, the group of people he is leading are on the verge of extinction. They are less than 200 strong, they are frightened, and they are split. People hate and fear them more than ever and there are people out there who would love nothing more than to wipe out the remainder of mutant kind. The decisions that Cyclops has been making are about survival. Unfortunately, he has been unfairly vilified. At the end of the day, Cyclops has always been and still remains my favorite X-Man and I am honestly on the edge of my seat to see what happens next.
The very idea that Gwen would willingly sleep with Norman is just the worst form of bad characterization ever. I keep wondering how that idea got past the editorial board to this day. Gwen, unless she was brainwashed or raped, would never sleep with a creepy older man who is her dad's age. Those very images of the two of them doing it is a form of torture porn.