Cyclops #2: "Downfall"
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"You did not have to bother, bub. I really don't see any
improvement --" Wolverine told Mutant X, "-- you're still the
same dim-witted, ill-mannered, low-level piece of trash you've always
Cyclops then generated a flash in his visor emitting a blinding light,
"Perhaps if I made a few alterations."
"Well, I wouldn't want to put the two of you through any
trouble," Mutant X expressed as he saw Cyclops threatening to fire
his powerful optic blast.
"No trouble... no trouble at all," Wolverine responded as he
took out his adamantium claws. Behind Mutant X, out of the darkness came
the other members of the Brotherhood.
"Here comes the cavalry," Cable voiced as he detected the
other members of the diabolic group: Spiral -- an extra dimensional,
six-armed, genetically-engineered being. With a series of mesmerizing
dances, Spiral can make herself and others leap through time and space;
Pyro – besides his mutant powers, Pyro wears a specially enveloped
attire that provides him with a certain degree of fire protection and
carries a flamethrower that can hurl a stream of flame with a maximum
distance of 25 feet; Toad – this mutant known as Toad is a very
threatening foe. Possessing superhuman strength, blurring speed, and an
astounding leaping ability, Toad is regarded as a vital member of the
"Who's that? The one in the back?" Quicksilver asked as he saw
a gleam behind the others. The members of the Brotherhood moved aside
for the eclipsed member.
"The name's... Proteus!"
The X-Men were awestruck due to the fact that they presumed they already
have defeated Proteus in their most recent encounter.
"Don't recognize me, do you?!?" Proteus lashed out.
"That's hardly surprising considering everything I've been through
since the last time we've met. Yeah, you guys pounded me pretty well
last time around... but that won't happen again!" He then
immediately delivered a devastating strike on Cyclops.
"C'mon, people! This guy ain't nuthin'!" Wolverine exclaimed.
"Let's turn up the heat --" he continued, "-- and see if
we can't beat his telepathic behind!"
"Cyclops!" Phoenix cried as she saw her boyfriend go down
after a puissant hit from the psionic villain.
"I'm fine, Jean..." Cyclops responded, "and I'm
definitely not gonna let a two-bit telepath beat me!" He then said,
"Cable! Blast this guy -- now!"
"Way ahead of you, Cyke!" Cable, a telepath and telekinetic of
the first order generated a psionic blast from his eye.
"I've gotta hand it to you, Cable, you're very powerful -- "
Proteus told Cable after a destructive hit from the psionic mutant,
"-- sad thing is though, you're not quite powerful enough!"
Proteus then delivered a punch that knocked Cable and emitted a psionic
wave on the rest of the X-Men.
"Heads up, mates! They're down. Let's use this to our
advantage!" Pyro hollered as he saw the X-Men go down.
"That's the best idea I've heard all day in this stink hole, Pyro.
Let's move!" Mutant X blared to the members of the Brotherhood. The
members of the malevolent group attacked in accord.
"Why don't you use your head for once and realize this is one fight
you can never win?!" Toad told Quicksilver as he delivered a shrill
Meanwhile, Cyclops was being choked by Mutant X. "Alright, buddy.
Now... why don't you take your... hand off my neck... before I take it
off you!" Cyclops shouts in anger.
He was powering up when Mutant X mockingly said, "Oooh, tough talk.
Let me know when you're ready to back that up with some action!"
"Cyclops grinned and said, "Okay, you asked for it."
Cyclops delivered a forceful blast that went through Mutant X's armor.
Proteus looked at Mutant X then at Cyclops with sheer anger and thought
to himself, "You will get what's coming to you, Cyclops."
"Spiral!" Proteus summoned the six-armed deviant, "Let's
do what we planned before... now!" Proteus turned to Mutant X, who
was still down after a fatal hit from Cyclops and telepathically gave
him the order, "Hey X, you know what to do."
Still down, Mutant X leered and said, "Yeah... I do." He then
grabbed Cyclops and used his teleportation device causing them to end up
very distant from the others.
"Why did you bring me here?!?" Cyclops angrily asked as he
backed away from the cyborg mutant.
"Enough talk," Mutant X said, "let's dance!" Mutant
X took his gun out and eccentrically started shooting Cyclops. "You
can't evade forever!" the crazy madman told the mutant hero.
"I don't have to!" Cyclops exclaimed as he emitted a
thunderous blast on the metallic brute. As X was getting to his feet,
Cyclops ran toward him. He jumped on Mutant X and tackled the lunatic
member of the Brotherhood causing a very huge impact. The mutant hero
then delivered mighty blows that knocked Mutant X to the cement ground.
"Give it up, old man, you're finished!" Cyclops told X as he
delivered another strong blow. "You never should have
underestimated me, mister!" Cyclops roared as he ran toward the
fallen mutant, "‘Cos when you mess with Cyclops, buddy... you're
messing with the best!!" The hero then released an optic blast of
the highest power.
Mutant X went down but instead of screaming in pain or getting knocked
out, he was laughing maniacally. "You fool," he shouted at
Cyclops who had an amazed look, "this was just a diversion to get
you away from your team, especially your lovely girlfriend!"
"Oh no!" Cyclops exclaimed in worry, "Jean!" Cyclops
ran back to where the others were as he heard the cyborg brute laugh at
his expense. When he arrived, he saw that the members of the Brotherhood
were gone and the rest of the X-Men were in a circle looking down on
someone. They were all quiet.
"Jean!" Cyclops shouted as he ran toward his fellow X-Men. He
saw Cable holding Phoenix and as soon as Cyclops saw Jean, he knew she
"Cyclops... I'm sorry. We couldn't stop Proteus. He stabbed Jean in
the heart with a psionic blade." Cable apologized to the dazed
mutant as Cyclops held Jean tight.
"No... no!!!" Cyclops screamed in both grief for his
girlfriend and anger toward Proteus. "Where is he?!?" Cyclops
asked in a vengeful voice.
"They left right after Proteus killed her, sugah," Rogue
responded with a grief-stricken voice and tears in her eyes.
"Come on, Cyclops," Wolverine said, "let's go."
A perplexing dismal week passed by. Everyone gathered inside the War
Room preparing for an important announcement from the dejected Cyclops.
"What's this all about?" Quicksilver asked Wolverine.
"I don't know, Pietro," Wolverine responded. "Cyclops has
been unpredictable these past week. Who knows what this is about? But I
think I..." Just as he was about tell everyone what he thought,
Cyclops entered the room with civilian clothes on.
"I'm going to make this short and simple..." Cyclops asserted
as he looked across the round table, "I'm leaving."
NEXT ISSUE: It's Cyclops vs. Gambit! 'nuff said.
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