Review – Cyclops #2

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Cyclops 002 CoverWriter Matz and artist Luc Jacamon have me hooked.  Whether it’s their work The Killer or this series, they have an ability to take complicated adult issues and explore them through pop entertainment.  Cyclops #2 is just the second issue of this new series and a whole new set of ideas but I already know this series will be as amazing as their previous works.

2054. Douglas Pistoia’s job with Multicorps Security, Inc. has thrust him into the heat of combat. Danger is close and the enemy is faceless and everywhere. As millions watch the conflict on television, Douglas commits a singular act of bravery that changes his life forever. Caught between the duty of a soldier and the fame of a celebrity, which path will Douglas choose? More importantly, which will prove to be more dangerous? From the creators of the Eisner Award-nominated THE KILLER comes this sci-fi thriller that looks at the near future of war and the media

War and peace, news and entertainment, corporations versus public good are just some of the themes explored my Matz.  In a world that’s not far off from reality a simple man is thrown into the limelight and made a hero by a heartless corporation looking for a pretty face and smile to cover up their brutal ways.  Again, this series shows that science fiction is a perfect genre to explore societal and political issues.

I beyond recommend this series and much like The Killer, I expect Cyclops to be a classic and must buy.

Plot: Matz is an amazing writer.  The series is entertaining for it’s straight up science fiction future battlefield story.  Add in layers that explore issues that are relevant today and you have a deep comic that makes you think as well as entertain.  Matz’s writing is political relevant and an absolute must read.  Rating: 9

Art: Jacamon has a style of his own and it’s consistent no matter the series he works on.  You see the art and you know it’s Luc Jacamon.  This series has a clean look to it with a future that isn’t over the top, but subtle.  Items are definitely not from our time, but also don’t take us to a point we can’t relate.  It’s a great style that you don’t see often in futuristic tales.  Rating: 8.5

Overall: Cyclops is an amazing series much like Matz and Lucamon’s previous work.  It’s a fantastic futuristic tale that looks at war and corporations.  An amazing read, that I can’t recommend enough.  it’s only the second issue, so it’s easy to catch up and you have no excuse.  Overall rating: 9

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 32 pages    Price: $3.95     Release: Out Now

Archaia provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.