Marv Wolfman (W), Felipe Watanabe, Daniel HDR, Julio Ferreira (P), Oclair Albert, Daniel HDR, Julio Ferreira (I), Adriano Lucas (C)
Cover By: Jonboy Meyers
Publisher: DC Comics
I’ve always been a big fan of Cyborg. Like many my age, I grew up with the Teen Titans show on Cartoon Network. He was always my favorite in that cartoon. When I started reading DC Comics, I searched him out. I found a different but still very endearing character.
I was definitely excited when he was announced to be on the Justice League of the New 52. A few issues in, however, I saw him falling into the background. It’s a book very much about DC’s big three with occasional spotlight on Green Lantern, Aquaman, or Lex Luthor.
When he was announced to get his own comic, this peaked my interest, as I was hoping it meant we would get more of an insight into Vic Stone’s personality and identity.
Eleven issues in and, I’m glad to say, David Walker and Marv Wolfman have definitely filled out this character in a rock-solid comic book series.
This issue picks up with Cyborg’s father, S.T.A.R Labs scientist Silas Stone, attempting to figure out the reason for all of the recent and sudden advancements made by Vic’s cybernetics. A part of this process involves Vic being put in stasis for twenty hours while the lab’s equipment analyzes his body. During this time, Cyborg uses his connection to the internet to see the goings-on in the world. He stumbles across a series of warehouse fires, hacked traffic equipment, and a remotely hijacked plane carrying S.T.A.R Labs scientist and friend to Vic, Sarah, that all seem to have a connection. He has to solve the crisis and save his friend while being unable to leave the stasis chamber.
This book has always been a stable one. It’s always been good. It’s never really blown my mind, but it’s never disappointed me either. It’s always had personality and it’s often resembled older comic book stories in terms of tone and mentality.
This issue continues this trend with the cool premise of Cyborg having to deal with threats while remaining physically inactive. The pacing is really good too. The story is in constant motion, and it concludes itself at the end of the issue, a real rarity in modern comics
Cyborg remains a very charismatic character, with a strong will, an idealistic mind, and a sense of humor about his situation. His complicated relationship with his father has gone through an interesting arc since the series began, and they have a good back and forth. I will say Sarah, despite having strong will of her own, could use a bit more fleshing out in future issues. So far, she feels like a generic love interest.
The art remains really good with the creative team adhering to the standard of quality that they’ve had since the series’ beginning.
There’s not much more to say really. It’s a solid book and has been since it started. Check it out next time you’re browsing the new releases.
Final Score: 8/10