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Cyborg #1 Review

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 Cyborg #1 cover by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and Adriano Lucas

Cyborg #1 cover by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and Adriano Lucas

The artistic team from the New 52 Aquaman book is back at it again within the pages of Cyborg. I was a big fan of all things DC coming out of the Flashpoint reboot and all the New 52 was just so fresh and shiny, and there were so many new number one issues, it was hard to resist. But Aquaman was a visually stunning book and it was helmed by a writer who has taken quite a few DC properties and rejuvenated them, not unlike the Lazarus pit of one Ra’s Al Ghul- in Geoff Johns. So it was with those vivid memories of the tough-as-nails Arthur Curry in my mind that I jumped into the first issue of the new Cyborg series…

So, a bit of backstory on my Cyborg knowledge (or lack thereof)- I had been reading Justice League from it’s new number one issue in the New 52 for two years, but with the rising cost of keeping up with all the Green Lantern books, and the constantly changing lineup of other new titles at DC (and, honestly- a greater pull at my attention and comic book dollars from the indie publishers AND also from Marvel…). I eventually dropped Justice League once it tied itself into Forever Evil- which was an event book that I held back from reading for months until after it had finished. I grew tired of all the tie-ins, and the massive delay between issues six and seven really left me without much interest in finding out what would (eventually) happen. But, as usual, my curiosity got the better of me, and I picked up the collected issues of Forever Evil and read it- low and behold, it wasn’t the terrible waste of time I had assumed it would be (granted, I was still a bit jaded over the pervasive nature of the tie-ins that DC created for the event; it felt like there was no corner of the DCU that wasn’t attached to this event- even parts that had never before seen contact with the event books…).

So I am way behind in my Cyborg history- I didn’t realize that **SPOILERS** he has died (or almost died- in the event of how Victor became Cyborg) multiple times as of late. Maybe these things did happen on my watch of Justice League- but I sure as heck don’t remember such a thing happening. I really liked how this issue (seemingly) jumps in pretty clean, with the introduction of the techno-alien-things from another Galaxy, and THEN jumps into giving us a bit of backstory on Cyborg. I really enjoyed the way that the character of Victor (not just Cyborg) was handled in this issue- I don’t think I have ever really felt much in the way of empathy or remorse for the man who would become Cyborg before- except in the fact that he had to get blown up to become who he is.

The artwork is stellar- Cyborg looks amazing, and the alien tech-creatures are absolutely gross (in the best way possible!). I liked the look of the scenes set in Detroit, and I felt like the creative team really portrayed the handicapped and injured people who are protesting S.T.A.R. Labs because of the monstrous overuse of their technology on one man, when (as we see) there are people on the streets who cannot even use their prosthetic limbs to perform the most basic of tasks. That concept was one that never really occurred to me before- the idea that all of this technology exists, and yet we would still not use it to better the lives of all people instead of just some. I think it really raises a lot more questions than are to be answered in a forum like this- but I greatly appreciate that the book isn’t just a straightforward and guileless punchfight story- this issue, and seemingly the series as a whole, want to tackle some pretty large-scale ideas.

This book, while still having lots of roots in the main Justice League title, still has a pretty low accessibility hurdle, I can imagine that there will be a lot more violence to come when the tech-alien things come after Victor, but the book as it stands seems to be open to a fairly wide range of readers. I like that DC is starting to branch out and give books to characters that are not just Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, and it is quite beyond time for this to have happened. I hope that this book, along with all the other books that are coming out, and those new miniseries slated for the fall can help open doors for more characters to get a chance to shine in this new, and (hopefully) improved DC You…

Go check out this book if you like robots, or if you enjoy a book that has a bit less punchfight and a bit more humanity (at least for now- im sure the punching starts soon…).