Review: Cyborg #1
The machine that gives Cyborg his powers is evolving! The only problem is that machine is his body and he has no idea what’s causing these changes!
Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Writer David F. Walker nails the first issue of Cyborg, giving us something both old and new. The character has quite a history, and there’s a lot that Walker could choose from, but he has focused the character onto aspects that can be mined for quite some time, as well as introduce new aspects (such as a new design) that should be interesting for new and old fans alike.
Created in 1980, and best known as a member of the Teen Titans, the character was first reinvented with the New 52 and cast as a teenage founding member of the Justice League. While the character has been very important in the greater story, he himself has rarely been a focus and gotten the time to really shine and explore more about him.
This first issue does just that, dialing back the story to really discuss Victor Stone and his relationship with his father, as well as if he’s man or machine. There’s lots of interesting themes touched upon, it creates groundwork with what can be a fantastic exploration of the character. Walker even subtlety (or maybe not to) comments on the character’s previous depiction as a tool for the rest of the Justice League to use, instead of a fleshed out character. Yes, race is being touched upon in the comic, and being done so in a thought provoking way.
There’s also the aspect that there’s this tech out there, that hasn’t really been used beyond Cyborg. How would people react to that? It’s that type of question that hasn’t quite been explored enough in comics, with all this power, shouldn’t there be a better life for more people?
Walker is helped by Ivan Reis on pencils and Joe Prado on inks. The art is solid, and I love the new design of Cyborg. There’s some great use of panels and angles and Cyborg’s projections. There’s also new aliens that I don’t know of, and the design again is very cool. I like the style, and it fits the comic.
This first issue gives me so much hope. Walker looks like he’s going to actually say something with this series, and at the same time provide a lot of entertainment in doing so.
Story: David F. Walker Art: Joe Prado, Ivan Reis
Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy
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