Friday, November 9, 2012
So some decent, non-Quesada images of Cyclops in his Marvel NOW! costume have hit the interwebs, and the costume is causing people to feel feelings. Rage feelings. The kind of feelings that spawn Epic Nerd Hyperbole like "Marvel is destroying my childhood!" And, well... I'm kind of surprised that I'm just rolling with it. I actually think it's kind of a dope outfit for Cyclops to wear. I'm surprised by this because usually I am the first one to get ultra-grumpy when they put kneepads on Superman (WUT) or take the little wings off the sides of Captain America's head (NO). I'm a guy who gets slightly distracted when Spider-Man has his armpit-webs in one series but doesn't in another (for the record, I am pro-armpit-webs), so - and this may be sad but fuck you for judging me - I actually found myself lying in bed this morning wondering why I'm so okay with a superhero getting such a radical makeover. And I figured that means I'd better blog about it.
No, I realized as I was lying around dorkily pondering shit that clearly has no practical impact on my life, the actual reason is a little deeper. I'm sure this has been pointed out and pondered by many of the fine folks who draw superheroes for a living, but it's genuinely a thought that's never occurred to me before: The X-Men don't actually have any sort of consistent costumes. I don't know why I never realized this in the past. The reason I will get so pissy about changes to Superman or Captain America or Spider-Man is that I always feel like they're messing around with something iconic... whereas The X-Men are arguably more popular than any of those guys and they aren't iconic at all. They change their super-suits at least every couple of years. In fact, if you count the Phoenixed-Out costume he was sporting for a few months, Cyclops has had three different costumes in 2012 alone! There's usually - but not always - some sort of vague blue and yellow motif going on, but for the most part The X-Men all just change outfits all the time while their friends and peers in the Marvel Universe are wearing the same things they did 50 years ago. I mean sure, Cyclops has had his little visor thinger, but even that changes shape depending on who's drawing it... and now even that has changed to a big old X on his face, yet he remains recognizable.
Could it be because they've just always been inconsistent? Is it really that simple? Am I really that simple? Could the reason I get so bent out of shape over Superman's kneepads be that I'm just comfortable with Superman dressing a certain way, while The X-Men have never given me that sense of steadiness? It's a weird thing to process, because it means that I'm internalizing this shit even more than I thought (and I was already pretty sure I was internalizing it too much). I am a grown adult who makes the gas-face at the idea of a superhero wearing a slightly different costume in a comic book; and while I'm okay with that part of myself, it's apparently taken The X-Men to point out the why and how of the matter so starkly... and I've just now decided that that's part of what makes the X-Men fucking rad.
So yeah. Cyclops has a new costume, and I feel vaguely positive about it... and that has me questioning the very core of my being. Welcome to my blog, lol.