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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 

Cyclops kills his mentor Prof. Xavier

The New York Daily News has saved everyone a lot of time and money by revealing who dies in Avengers vs. X-Men: Professor Charles Xavier:
Marvel Comics is bumping off Professor X — the founder of the superhero group, the X-Men, and a character who’s been around for 50 years — in a comic book landing in stores Wednesday. And in a development that what will get readers worked up, it’s his own prized student, the fan-favorite Cyclops, who delivers the death blow in “Avengers vs. X-Men #11.”

“I got a little teary-eyed when we were scoping out the moment in the room with the series’ writers and editors,” says Marvel Editor in Chief Axel Alonso.

He needed to be the casualty in this story. There’s no more oh-sh-- moment that you can bring than having a son killing his father.”
Oh, I'll bet he was "teary-eyed". Sure. When their idea of how to kill off Xavier is by having Cyclops tell him he's not his father, strongly hinting he rejects his mentor? I don't think so.
Even as the character was ready for his closeup in the movies — played by Patrick Stewart and later James McAvoy in 20th Century Fox’s “X-Men” franchise — he was becoming anachronistic in the books. Wolverine and the team are now too old for lectures.

“He was this thing that was just floating around the X-books, with not the same amount of gravitas that he once had,” says Brian Bendis, who wrote the issue. “I did point out that he would matter more in death.”
Even if Cyclops was under Phoenix-based influence, as this article tells, the sight of him telling his mentor he's not his "father", another way of signaling rejection, and then killing him, is despicable and no more acceptable than Green Lantern Hal Jordan wiping out scores of other GL Corps members in the notorious 90s storyline. So, this isn't going to go over well with X-fans who care.
It doesn’t take a mind-reader to see Xavier’s end is a means to put one of the publisher's popular super heroes through the ringer.

“The moment is shocking, and certainly will be talked about by message boards forever and ever, but it’s really about what you get afterwards,” Bendis says. “What Cyclops has to do now, is dig himself out of the biggest, deepest hole in the history of comic books.”
This is just why nobody should be buying it. Besides, the article does mention that the back door may have been left open, so anyone who understands that this is merely just another forced, contrived idea of how to leave a hero stricken with guilt and embarrassment, should refrain from wasting any time on yet another crossover with no real reason for being. It's just a limp excuse for dredging up the Phoenix story, this time for the sake of heaping the force's powers on other characters besides Jean Grey.

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What Marvel has to do now is dig itself out of the biggest, deepest hole in the history of comic books.

Boy, how "original." This is like the third or fourth time he's supposedly died? This whole deaths-as-publicity stunt shtick is getting really old.

Pro tip for the ferociously talentless people at Disney comics:

Cyclops' father is that guy from the Starjammers with the porn moustache and the catgirl lover.

Professor X has never been Cyclops' father figure, even in the original ill-received 1960s run. If anything, Cyclops was the father figure to the team and Prof X was more of a sinister and weirdly characterised wizard figure who barely even explained his actions to them.

Marvel is so far up its own ass with this stuff they won't ever make it back out. It's carcrashtastic.

my first though was i wonder how they'll revive him in a few months

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