Two of Marvel's most popular (and often controversial) X-Men are back and working together again, just as the cast of Uncanny X-Men has disappeared in the conclusion of its "Disassembled" weekly series. If you ignore some of the complexities of Return of Wolverine and Wolverine: Infinity Watch, the main takeaway is Logan has beaten death to remind everyone that he's the best there is at what he does. Also back from the dead is the X-Men's former leader, Cyclops, with his tale taking place in Uncanny X-Men Annual #1.
Wolverine and Cyclops spent the latter part of their years in the Marvel Universe as rivals, with each leading their own factions of X-Men in the aftermath of 2011's "X-Men: Schism" crossover. This was followed by the "X-Men: Regenesis" branding initiative, which featured Wolverine stepping into the role of headmaster of the Jean Grey School in Wolverine and the X-Men, while other titles chose his side of the schism, including Uncanny X-Force, X-Men: Legacy, X-Factor and Astonishing X-Men. Uncanny X-Men, New Mutants, Generation Hope and X-Men were titles that fell under Cyclops' leadership.
And then Logan died in Death of Wolverine, and Cyclops had a fatal ending in Inhumans vs. X-Men, deaths that actually lasted a few years. With both men now living once more, and the rest of Marvel's mutants believed to be dead (their adventures can be followed in the Age of X-Men miniseries), Wolverine and Cyclops are putting their differences aside for the greater good of mutantkind as the self-proclaimed "Last X-Men," which will have major ramifications across the Marvel Universe.
New (Old) Faces Of The Uncanny X-Men
Now that Cyclops is back from the dead, one of his first acts after learning what happened to his teammates and friends was to make a public declaration to any remaining X-Men to return to the grounds of the Xavier School. Instead of hiding in the shadows, Cyclops wasn't afraid to let everyone, including his enemies, know exactly where to find him when he crashed Ms. Prestel's Senate rally and clashed with Captain America.
While Cyclops was hoping for the X-Men to meet him, the welcome party actually consisted of the Reavers, the Purifiers and Sapien League. However, there was one person who did answer the call, and it was Wolverine. The X-Men reunion evened the odds and resulted in one epic throwdown for the ages.
Having Cyclops and Wolverine united once again would normally be enough to excite the legion of X-Men fans, but there are loose ends that need to be tied up. Just having the both of them as the front-facing figures of the X-Men after "Uncanny X-Men: Disassembled" is an attempt at nostalgia, winding the clock back to a time when the X-Men were the headliners of the Marvel Universe ahead of the Avengers.
Cyclops' master plan for how to rebuild the X-Men will first begin with putting an end to some lingering threats from the past.