In every installment of “If I Pass This Way Again,” we look at odd comic book plot points that were rarely (sometimes NEVER!) mentioned again after they were first introduced.
Reader Jeremy W. suggested this one.
Wolverine #101 was the second part of a crossover with Uncanny X-Men #332. The whole two-parter was all about setting up plot lines that never ended up mattering because Onslaught occurred soon after this and that ground all future plots to a halt.
But anyhow, at the end of the first part, Cyclops had just been knocked down a deep chasm. In the opening of Wolverine #101 (by Larry Hama, Val Semeiks and Chad Hunt), Wolverine (who has continued to devolve now that he no longer has any adamantium in his body stabilizing his body) jumps in after him…
He catches up to him, but not before Cyclops suffers a head injury…
Long time X-Men fans might recall that it was a head injury as a child that led to Cyclops being unable to control his mutant powers when they kicked in later (although Joss Whedon later retconned that fact). So therefore, it was important to see that something had changed within Cyclops due to this SECOND head injury.
Wolverine, of course, tries to help his friend by licking him awake (one of the most awesome Wolverine panels ever)…
Cyclops then later says pointedly that the pain from this latest injury is just like the one from the plane crash when he was a kid!!
But by the end of the issue, Cyclops is not just recovered…
but everything he says in this issue is promptly ignored. Larry Hama famously worked in a fashion where he wasn’t sure what was going to happen on a page until he sat down to write that page, so that explains why such a big point like this might not have been addressed again, but it’s still pretty weird.
Thanks for the suggestion, Jeremy! If anyone ELSE has a suggestion for a little-remembered short-lived comic book plot point, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and maybe I’ll feature it in a future installment of If I Pass This Way Again!
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