WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for X-Men #1 by Jonathan Hickman, Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, Sunny Gho, VC's Clayton Cowles and Tom Muller, on sale now.
There are a lot of moving parts to Marvel's relaunch of the X-Men franchise. We have mutants setting up their own sovereign nation on the island of Krakoa, the creation of pharmaceutical drugs, a cheat code to overcome death, and more. With that mind, you can be excused if you overlooked the return in X-Men #1 of a fan-favorite love triangle, which appears to have taken on a new shape.
The cover features nearly all of the members of the Summers family tree, as the issue reveals Cyclops has planted their flag on the Blue Area of the Moon. As with issues of House of X and Powers of X, the debut of X-Men contains data pages that provide extra insight into what's taking place in the larger X-Men story. An infographic for the Summers House shows plans of the facility's observation deck, gymnasium and living quarters.
Rooms are divided into groups of three, and one in particular stands out, as Cyclops, Wolverine and Jean Grey have sleeping quarters that not only neighbor each other but connect, permitting the occupants to move around freely.
Longtime X-Men fans have been fascinated with the dynamics of their love triangle. While Cyclops and Jean have gone on to marry, Wolverine was always lingering around, adding spice to the situation. Both men appeal to different sides of Jean, with Cyclops the "safe" choice and Wolverine the wildcard. Even alternate realities like Age of Apocalypse have continued with the trio, going so far as to have Cyclops lose an eye and Wolverine a hand when they fought over Jean.
However, Marvel's Dawn of X publishing initiative appears to have all three on the same page for a change. Instead of fighting for Jean's affections, they now appear to be accepting of an open relationship. After the first meeting of the Quiet Council in House of X #6, a celebration on Krakoa highlighted how chummy the three have become, with Wolverine in the middle, holding a six-pack of beer. Online discussion has pointed to the celebration mimicking the final moments of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, and it's not difficult to imagine the three heading back to the Summers House for a more private celebration.
It does seem odd that Wolverine is the only non-Summers X-Man to have a room on the Krakoa base. But if he is in a relationship with Jean and Scott, then they would want him to always feel at home. It 's worth monitoring to see whether writer Jonathan Hickman keeps this love triangle on the fringes with these types of Easter eggs, or if future story arcs actually address what is going on with characters openly speaking about the arrangement.
It would be a shame if it's not openly addressed since it provides fertile ground to discuss this type of relationship in a superhero comic. There is no point in shying away from the elephant in the room at this juncture of the story. Keep pushing the love triangle and let the three lovebirds flourish in the Dawn of X.
(hat tip to Warren from Yorkshire, England)