This article contains spoilers for today's "Extraordinary X-Men" #3 and "All-New X-Men" #1.
With the release of "Extraordinary X-Men" #3 and "All-New X-Men" #1, Marvel's new line of mutant comics continues to take shape. Both issues include new information that help set the stage for this era of X-Men comics and differentiate it from what's come before.
In "Extraordinary X-Men" #3 from writer Jeff Lemire and artist Humberto Ramos, readers learn a little bit more about the final fate of adult Cyclops. His whereabouts in the new status quo have been left a mystery, with characters mentioning that he died during the eight-month gap without offering any other details to clarify that claim. Now, in today's "Extraordinary," teenage Jean Grey gives readers another clue about Cyclops' off-panel death.
According to the young Jean Grey, Cyclops died following an attack on the Inhumans. The circumstances around this attack have yet to be revealed. When last we saw adult Cyclops in continuity in "Uncanny X-Men" #600, he was leading a peaceful demonstration in Washington D.C. In the eight-month gap, however, the Inhuman Terrigen Mist started having an adverse effect on mutants, rendering them sterile and targeting the race for extinction. It remains to be seen if the mist inspired Cyclops' attack.
The X-Men also gained a new member today, as "All-New X-Men" #1 from Dennis Hopeless and Mark Bagley introduced readers to Pickles. The tiny blue creature is actually a Bamf, a race of inter-dimensional creatures with the same features and teleportation powers as Nightcrawler. We meet Pickles in "All-New" #1 when Beast needs to transport his camper to Chicago.
Hopeless has spoken of his fondness for the new character before. During the New York Comic Con X-Position interview, he said: "Pickles is my favorite character -- 100%. All of the characters are going to interact with Pickles because, number one, it's my favorite thing for Mark Bagley to draw. Like, I kind of just want to make Pickles in every scene -- the background of every scene -- so Mark has to do something with him. But, yeah, he plays a big role in the first arc and we'll be developing relationships with Pickles and everyone."
Both "Extraordinary X-Men" #3 and "All-New X-Men" #1 are on sale now.