Major Marvel Comics character diesWritten by Jim Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Spoiler alert: In the pages of the recently-released Avengers Vs X-Men No. 11, a major Marvel Comics character met his demise at the hands of a former student — who just also happens to be one of the X-Men’s longest-running heroes. Charles Xavier, better known as Professor X, was cut down by Cyclops, one of the original X-Men, with the power of the Phoenix, an intergalactic possessive force who is roiled at the eye of the hurricane between Marvel’s two famous super teams in the miniseries in question.
Death is nothing new in comics and very often a transient thing — Xavier himself has “died” more than once during his 50-plus-year history — but there may just be a hint of “permanence” hanging over this particular Marvel massacre. Not everyone agrees, though, as Jim Collins of JC’s Comic Stop will tell you.
“As we know, ‘Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely’,” he said. “As the heroes tried to defeat Cyclops, he decided to take all of the Phoenix power for himself. While he did this, Professor X tried to reason with him and stop him. Cyclops then used his power and killed him. Of course, how many times before has Professor X, Captain America, Magneto or anyone else in this comic ‘died’? So his death is just temporary, I’m certain.”
But before Xavier’s body had time to cool, Cyclops manifested as one of the most fearsome entities in all of Marvel Comics, the dreaded Dark Phoenix, a role formerly filled by the hero’s dead girlfriend, Jean Grey.
“The AvX finale is going to be Marvel’s launching point for their Marvel NOW! relaunch starting in October,” Collins said. “This is sad in a way, because several of the titles were just restarted within the last year or so. How many times can a company restart a series and expect the readers to buy into it? C’mon, Marvel! You used to be the ‘House of Ideas,’ now you’ve become the ‘House that’s Keeping up with the Joneses,’ aka DC. I expect better from the house Stan and Jack and all the other greats built. I did enjoy this miniseries, but it’s time to come up with something truly special.”