Back in 1963, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby introduced the world to the X-Men. The original roster was led by Professor X and consisted of just 5 characters: Cyclops, Jean Grey, Iceman, Beast, and Angel. Decades later and the team has expanded a great deal and undergone some drastic changes. Dozens upon dozens of writers and artists have left their mark on the franchise and it's currently in a completely different state than when it began, too. The team has included a wide array of characters, but we wanted to know which mutant the Comic Vine community likes the most. We gave you quite a few options (plus the choice of "other" -- you can never please everyone) and one character blasted apart the competition. That man, ladies and gentlemen, is Scott Summers aka Cyclops.
Okay, really can't say we saw that one coming. Truth be told, we expected Wolverine's sheer popularity to give him the edge, but it looks like the tactician knocked him out of the way with an optic blast or two. Scott may have felt a little like a boyscout at first, but the guy has a brilliant mind when it comes to tactics and has always been completely about protecting his people. He's recently made some big decisions that were pretty polarizing to fans, but the fact remains he was able to make a call when it come to incredibly difficult scenarios. Whether or not you stood by his side is a whole different story. Plus, his ability to demolish anything in his path with optic blasts is pretty cool, right?
Here's the complete poll results. Quite a turnout this week... over 500 votes!
- Cyclops 16%
- Nightcrawler 12%
- Wolverine 12%
- Magneto 9%
- Gambit 8%
- Kitty Pryde 6%
- Other (Specify below) 6%
- Colossus 5%
- Jean Grey 4%
- Iceman 4%
- Psylocke 4%
- Rogue 3%
- Storm 3%
- X-23 3%
- Beast 2%
- Angel 1%
- Emma Frost 1%
- Havok 1%
- Jubilee 1%
- Professor X 1%
- Dazzler 0%
Viner Post of the Week for Cyclops is by zoomHYPERIONzoom
"'Cyclops was right.'
Scott is the voice of reason amongst a sea of melodramatic, emotionally driven characters. Wolverine is cool but, contrary to his power set, not the sharpest tool in the shed. Intelligence trumps all in my book and many would choose Beast for that reason but Henry is often too soft for my taste, who too often appeals to emotion rather than reason.
Cyclops satisfies my affinity for rational, righteous characters with enough power to make people pay attention.
Cyclops is a superb tactician both on the world scale and in hand to hand combat. Able to go to to toe with the best there is at what he does even without using his optic blasts.
...And optic blasts are awesome."
Viner Post of the Week for Nightcrawler is by micahparadise
"I'm actually surprise Cyclops is in top running in this vote! :) Although i think the recently writing of him since the utopia storylines and now as a mutant terrorist has made him a rather great character. BUT enough about my thoughts, here is my vote:
The most original, fun loving, and likeable character on the Xmen. He's like the heart of the team"
Good news for the Cyclops fans out there. A series centered around Summers is being released in May and it's by Greg Rucka and Russell Dauterman. Did the classic X-Man earn your vote or did your love go elsewhere? No matter whom you voted for, go ahead and share your favorite picture of the character below!