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Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer while still acknowledging that the abandoned story DID still happen. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.
This time around, we look at the revelation this week of why is it that Corsair of the Strajammers (Cyclops and Havok’s father) is no longer dead…
In Uncanny X-Men #486, the conclusion to The Rise and Fall of the Shi’ar Empire by Ed Brubaker, Billy Tan and Danny Miki, Corsair’s crazy third son, Vulcan, (who Corsair never knew was born, since he was just a fetus when Corsair’s wife was kidnapped and then killed by Shi’ar – the Shi’ar then took the fetus and continued gestating him in a special birthing device to use as slave labor) just took over the Shi’ar Empire by killing the mad Emperor who he helped take over the throne from Lilandra (she was the good Empress of the Shi’ar Empire, who helped turn them around from the jerks who killed Corsair’s wife). Now it seemed to be Lilandra’s turn…
So that was that for a number of years.
Recently, however, five of the original X-Men (Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel, Beast and Iceman) traveled from the past and then have been stuck in the present ever since. Corsair showed up and decided to take this younger Cyclops under his wing, hoping to be a father for this young Cyclops that he never got a chance to be for the older Cyclops.
That left the question of how, exactly, Corsair was ALIVE to take young Scott Summers under his wing.
In last week’s Cyclops #3, Greg Rucka and Russell Dauterman revealed the answer…
They also revealed that Corsair didn’t reveal himself being alive to Havok or Cyclops because he immediately began killing Shi’ar out of revenge for what happened to him and his wife and child, so he was so caught up in anger and revenge that he didn’t want his living sons to see him like that – but when he learned what had happened on Earth (that Cyclops was now seen as a villain and that there was a teenage version of Scott) he decided he needed to get involved.
The problem in the issue is that, as noted in the page above, Corsair now needs a special medicine to REMAIN alive, and they are currently in a situation where he doesn’t have access to it and likely WON’T have access to it in the foreseeable future. Want to see how that turns out? Pick up Cyclops #3 and #4 when it comes out next month! It is a fun comic book (and Dauterman – wow, it is no surprise that he’s already been tapped for a larger profile comic book, the new female Thor series – he’s great).
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