Review: Cyborg #2
The most advanced tech known to humans has been used to turn Vic Stone in to Cyborg, making him one of the most powerful beings on the planet. Now he’s been targeted by alien invaders that want his technology—even if they have to kill Cyborg and everyone he knows to get it!
I loved the first issue of David Walker‘s Cyborg, a new series which finally shines a light on a character who deserves the spotlight. Walker impressively balanced the past, while pointing us towards the future.
But to me, some of the greatest strength of Cyborg’s first two issues is the fact that Walker has addressed that Vic Stone as Cyborg has been as much a science experiment as he’s also been a hero. As a person with a disability, the idea of being looked at as something to be poked and prodded is something I can personally relate to. I’ve been there, and have had similar experiences with doctors seeing me as stats and a medical anomaly than a person who’s suffering. And Walker brings an all too real experience to it all too. There’s a scene where Vic goes over some of the crazy questions he’s gotten, and I can say, I’ve gotten some similar questions too (and all of that is for another post later). In short, Walker nails this aspect, and uses it to ask a solid question. The series has also poised the interesting question that with so much technology, why isn’t it being used for something better?
Add in on top of this is an action aspect involving alternate dimensions and aliens. We’re still finding out all about that, but it’s intriguing to me.
And those aliens are helped out by Ivan Reis’ art. His pencils are fantastic mixing in the human, the robot, the alien, and all of it seamlessly working together. The fact that Vic can go from an arm that looks completely normal to a mechanical… thing… with it all flowing together and looking like it fits is impressive. Add in the awesome style of the aliens, and I’m in for it. The technology looks futuristic, but familiar, it all just works and works well.
Cyborg is one of the strongest debuts in the DCYou line-up. It blends superhero sensibility with a real world we can relate to. Walker achieves that with the addition of small details, small thoughts, and fantastic responses to simple questions or moments. Can’t wait to see where the series goes, but with just two issues, I’m completely on board.
Story: David F. Walker Art: Ivan Reis
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy
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