Cyclops Was Right? – Essential Comic Books for Scott & Alex Summers


Last updated on January 7th, 2018

We’re starting 2018 off right by going through the essential comic books for Scott Summers and Alex Summers. That’s right it's Cyclops and Havok time. Any chance we can get to talk X-Men, we’re going to leap at it. This was a fun episode to do because Cyclops and Havok have such long and rich histories not only with the X-Men but X-Factor as well. 

Scott Summers first appeared in X-Men #1 and Alex debuted in issue #54. Scott starts off as the boy scout and natural leader while Alex is more reluctant to lead and a bit more rebellious. Throughout their history in the comic books though, they gradually switch places as Alex becomes more of a team player & leader and Scott becomes a revolutionary. 

Some of Scott’s decisions through the years are tough to defend. After marrying Madelyne Pryor (the clone of Jean Grey), he ends up abandoning her and their child when he finds out Jean Grey is still alive. It’s a real shitty move. Years later, while recovering from Apocalypse messing with his head, he starts cheating on Jean psychically with Emma Frost. Hey, he might be a great team leader but his love life leaves a lot to be desired. But once mutant kind is facing extinction, it’s hard not to see why Scott makes some of the choices he does. You might not be full Team ‘Cyclops Was Right’ but the extreme choices makes are a direct result of having the weight of the entire mutant race on his soldiers. 

There are a few things we don’t cover here. First, we don’t cover the young, time displaced Cyclops. He’s basically become his own separate character and we might cover him at a later date. Second, the Summers bloodline is actually pretty complex and A LOT. So we limit this discussion to just Scott and Alex (with a touch of Gabriel). We’re going to cover Nathan (Cable) later on this year closer to Deadpool 2. Although, we do get a bit of him in The Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix.

Here are some of the essential comic issues we covered:

Scott Summers:

  • Uncanny X-Men 1 - First appearance of Scott Summers (Cyclops) and the X-Men
  • Classic X-Men 42 - Mister Sinister in the orphanage
  • X-Men Giant Size #1
  • Uncanny 125 - 128 
  • Dark Phoenix Saga
  • X-Factor Vol 1
  • Uncanny X-Men 243
  • X-Men Vol 2 
    • #1 - 3
    • #30 - Scott Summers marries Jean Grey
  • Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix
  • Search for Cyclops 1 - 4
  • New X-Men - Grant Morrison - #114 - 154
  • Astonishing X-Men - Joss Whedon
  • Messiah Complex
  • Schism
  • Avengers vs X-Men
  • Uncanny X-Men - Bendis
  • Death of X

Alex Summers:

  • Uncanny X-Men 54 - First appearance of Alex Summers
  • Uncanny X-Men 58 - First appearance of Alex Summers as Havok
  • X-Factor Minus 1
  • Incredible Hulk #150
  • Uncanny X-Men Volume 1
    • Issue 158
    • Issues 233- 255
  • Wolverine/Havok Meltdown
  • X-Tinction Agenda
  • X-Factor #87
  • X-Factor 101 - 105
  • Mutant X
  • Rise and Fall of the Shi'ar Empire - Uncanny X-Men 475 - 486
  • X-Men: Emperor Vulcan
  • X-Men Kingbreaker
  • Uncanny Avengers




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