Spoilers ahead. You’ve been warned. For more read our Hellions #4 review.
Hellions has been an often weird, but always fun experience. The first issue was one of the best-written superhero comics of the year. It got even more fun when Madelyne Pryor showed up with zombie mutants and a strong case of wanting revenge. In the fourth issue out today, a door is closed for the character, but it rekindles something every X-Men fan should be curious about. That curiosity revolves around Cyclops who has upped the soap opera heat of late.
To begin to comprehend what is going on in the final few pages of this book, we have to go back to the origin of Madelyne Pryor. Not only does she look strikingly like Jean Grey, but had a mind that was closed off from Professor X. It turns out she is a clone made by Mr. Sinister used, at the time, to thwart Apocalypse when the time came. Sinister and Apocalypse weren’t very friendly. After Jean dies in a roundabout way the Pheonix goes to Madelyne attempting to rekindle the relationship it had with Jean and bestows some of its memories into Madelyne. Now we have a clone with some bonafide memories. Enter a marriage between Cyclops and Madalyne, who never reveals her true self till much later and we have a complicated relationship indeed.
In the latest Hellions story arc, series writer Zeb Wells has Cyclops’ brother Havok and Madelyne get quite close. Things turn south, however–Madelyne is trying to do terrible things even if Havok is lovesick–and Madelyne gets a spike to the heart. How ironic.
This sets of Havok which sets in motion a quick end to the current Hellions mission. I suggest you read the entire issue to get the full picture, it’s quite something!
But wait, can’t any mutant be resurrected? You’d be right, but in the case of Madelyne Pryor who is a clone, a decision must be made. You can’t have two Jean Grey’s walking about right?
The council decides to not bring Madelyne Pryor back. But Havok is right, what does Cyclops want? He has Jean Grey, the love of his life, why would he want anything more? Hell, he might even be in a relationship with Wolverine. The next panel says it all.
There’s a beat, he can say nothing, which may suggest he still has feelings for Madelyne Pryor.
This moment of quiet contemplation cuts to Cyclops nearly storming off. Clearly something is up with Cyclops that he can’t even say to his own brother.
What say you reader, do you think Cyclops still has feelings for Madelyne Pryor? How might this complicate his relationship with Jean Grey and Wolverine? We’ll likely learn more as this great series continues, but make no mistake something registered with Cyclops that may have changed him.