[This is sort of a comment pull quote. James, in the free form comments, pointed us to his voice-of-reason response to a review of Messiah Complex over at Newsarama.]
Over at Newsarama Troy Brownfield, reviewing Messiah Complex, wrote:
Cyclops finally acknowledged what the readers have always known: the X-Men don’t stop bank-robbers; the X-Men are fighting for the survival of an entire species. There’s no time left to be nice, and people die in wars. The acceptance of this concept by Cyclops is the first significant advancement in his character in a while, and I think that it makes him a more modern, and believable, leader.
Our own James thankfully replied
Wow, really? Have you been reading Astonishing X-Men? Let's do some recent history.
- Morrison is brought on to give the X-Men a Bold New Direction. Early on in the run, Cyclops bombs a facility in China, and Wolverine comments "So we're allowed to do stuff like this now?" "Let's see who complains" comes Scott's reply. This stance becomes muddied as Morrison's run unravels, but it's a strong moment nonetheless.
- Morrison's run ends, and Editorial decides the X-Men have been moved too far away from their Identity Politics origins, and a Bold New Direction is needed. The mutant minority genie goes back into the bottle with House Of M, and celebrity writer Joss Whedon is given a new title to give Morrison's team an iconic, Claremont-esque re-makeover.
- Whedon ostensibly gives Marvel what they want, while actually writing a more-or-less direct sequel to Morrison's run. As the (much-delayed) run progresses, the focus shifts from a Kitty-centric introduction to the fulfillment of Morrison's rehabilitation of Cyclops. Scott becomes a heroic, decisive leader, has the stick removed from his ass and gains full control of his powers. This fanboy swoons.
- Meanwhile, editorial decides that what the X-Men really need is a mega-epic giant X-over, like from the 90s! And this can include a REALLY Bad-Ass Cyclops, who yells at Professor X and is all about the killing. It reverses most of the character development going on in Whedon's title? Who cares, that late-ass book is nearly over!
Responding to Brownfield's statement that
Wolverine has a new respect for Cyclops, and while I don’t see them becoming best friends, I think that this is important for the family of titles.
This is a change in the status quo? Anyone still writing the Wolverine/Cyclops relationship as "You're out of line mister!" "You're a lame square Cyke snikt snikt bub" is some sort of nostalgic throwback maniac. Morrison had them interact like adults, even moving the Scott/Logan/Jean triangle out of the playground. Whedon starts his run with the classic Scott/Logan fight over Jean, but it soon becomes clear that this is to recap/introduce new readers to the relationship, and it's not long before Wolverine says "Sometimes I remember why you're in charge". We didn't need Messiah Complex to reconcile the two, and we certainly didn't need the catalyst to be "Cyclops becomes as bloodthirsty as Early Wolverine".