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Exclusive Preview: Cyborg #9

Cyborg #9

Written by: John Semper, Jr.
Art by: Tony Kordos, Paul Pelletier
Cover by: Will Conrad
Variant cover by: Carlos D’Anda

“ESCAPE FROM S.T.A.R. LABS”! Vic discovers the origin of the cybernetic foe impersonating his father, but he might not live long enough do anything about it if S.T.A.R. Labs’ deadly security forces get to him first! With his Cyborg technology crippled, Vic must rely on a down-and-out thief to escape one of the most heavily fortified facilities in the DCU.

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Preview: Cyborg #6

Cyborg #6

(W) John Semper Jr. (CA) Mike Choi
In Shops: Dec 07, 2016
SRP: $2.99

“SHE-BORG!” With a fearsome high-tech terror cell threatening to invade the country, Cyborg participates in the creation of an experimental cybernetic female counterpart-code name She-Borg-whose abilities might exceed his own! But when the process ravages her memories, Cyborg must retrieve crucial national security secrets from her mind before it’s too late.

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Exclusive Preview: Cyborg #4

Cyborg #4

Written by: John Semper, Jr.
Art by: Timothy Green, II
Cover by: Tony Kordos, Paul Pelletier
Variant cover by: Carlos D’Anda

“THE IMITATION OF LIFE” part five! Cyborg loses control of his robotic form when it begins attacking his friends and family at S.T.A.R. Labs. Trapped in a virtual maze of ominous visions and forgotten memories, can Vic Stone hack his way through the cybernetic gauntlet that is his own mind?

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Preview: Cyborg #3

Cyborg #3

Written by: John Semper, Jr.
Art by: Will Conrad
Cover by: Will Conrad
Variant cover by: Eric Canete

“THE IMITATION OF LIFE” part four! The lives of Vic Stone and the S.T.A.R. Labs crew are thrown into chaos following an assault by a twisted mechanical menace that believes it’s Cyborg’s true father!

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Preview: Cyborg #2

Cyborg #2

Written by: Sandra Hope, John Semper, Jr.
Art by: Paul Pelletier
Covers Will Conrad
Variant cover by: Eric Canete

“THE IMITATION OF LIFE” part three! Vic Stone’s quest to save his soul is threatened by an attack from Kilg%re, an artificial alien life form that wishes to purge Cyborg of any remnants of his humanity.

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Preview: Cyborg #1

Cyborg #1

Written by: John Semper, Jr.
Art by: Will Conrad
Cover by: Will Conrad
Variant cover by: Eric Canete

“THE IMITATION OF LIFE” part one! Cyborg is thrown into conflict with every robotic threat to the DC Universe as a brand new era begins for Victor Stone, courtesy of writer John Semper Jr. (Spider-Man: The Animated Series) and artist Will Conrad (Angel & Faith)!

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Review: Cyborg #1

cyb-cv1_dsCyborg is thrown into conflict with every robotic threat to the DC Universe as a brand new era begins for Victor Stone, courtesy of writer John Semper Jr. and artist Paul Pelletier!

There are some really simple ways a writer can tackle DC Comics‘ Cyborg. A ghost in the machine. A tech version of Frankenstein. Semper seems to be going for a combination of the two questioning the character’s humanity as a whole, a departure from the previous volume which focused a lot on the humanity of the character.

The first issue does a lot to catch up readers as to who this character is, at least Semper’s take on the character as he’s run through a quick mission, some diagnostics, and then heads to a jazz club. That latter part is the most interesting part of the issue and even then it falls somewhat flat.

And there’s the issue of the this comic, it lacks soul like Cyborg. The jokes aren’t all that funny, the discussions don’t elicit emotion, it all feels write by numbers and misses the mark over and over.

The art of Pelletier is decent, though nothing to get too excited about. It reminds me of the art I’d find on a mini-series having to do with some big event. Usually it’s not a complete mess, but it’s aso not something that really draws me in either (though there are some cool things here as far as the detail of the tech).

It’s just ok overall. Cyborg should be a top-tier DC comic, but it feels like it’s being relegated to a second tier one. The story isn’t anything new or interesting. The scenes that should really connect usually have jokes that fall flat or dialogue that feels like it’s written by someone who thinks this is how young kids speak. There’s something to having Cyborg figure out if he’s man or machine, but this just isn’t it.

Story: John Semper, Jr. Art: Paul Pelletier
Story: 6 Art: 6.5 Overall: 6 Recommendation: Pass

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Cyborg Fights Every Cybernetic Villain in Rebirth

Victor Stone is a hero for the modern age, so it’s about time he joined Rebirth! In this DC All Access comics clip, they talk to writer John Semper about Cyborg’s new solo series, which kicks off this week in Cyborg: Rebirth #1. What mysterious new villain will Cyborg be battling? Can we expect any appearances by the Justice League? And most intriguing of all, where does the human end and machine begin when it comes to our cybernetic hero?

Preview: Cyborg: Rebirth #1

Cyborg: Rebirth #1

Written by: John Semper, Jr.
Art by: Tony Kordos, Sandra Hope, Paul Pelletier
Cover by: Will Conrad
Variant cover by: Joe Benitez

Victor Stone was once a star athlete and brilliant student with a bright future. But after a tragic accident destroyed over half of his body, Victor was kept alive by merging flesh with advanced technology. Today he is the Justice League co-founder called Cyborg. But is the young hero a man…or a machine that merely believes it’s a man?

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Review: Cyborg: Rebirth #1

cybreb_cv1_dsVictor Stone was once a star athlete and brilliant student with a bright future. But after a tragic accident destroyed over half of his body, Victor was kept alive by merging flesh with advanced technology. Today he is the Justice League co-founder called Cyborg. But is the young hero a man…or a machine that merely believes it’s a man?

Don’t know who Vic Stone is? Cyborg: Rebirth #1 by writer John Semper, Jr., is a decent 101 to catch new readers up on who this character is and his origin. It’s pretty standard stuff and I don’t believe it varies a lot from what we’ve seen, but the emphasis is clearly on the question if this really is Vic in Cyborg or is it a program mimicking him? This seems to be at least the early focus for Semper and the issue builds toward this question and quandary.

In that way the issue allows Semper to put his mark on the character focusing on the technology aspect and whether Cyborg is human or a program mimicking a human?

The art by Paul Pelletier is really good keeping up the look from the pervious volume with help from inks from Tony Kordos and Sandra Hope. What really stands out as far as the art is the the perspective the comic takes in that it has us seeing things at times from Cyborg’s perspective to emphasize the big question of the issue.

The issue ends with clearly the villain that Vic will be up against. I have no idea who that is personally, but the design is cool. The issue as a whole is an interesting one, moving away from a focus on a superhero with a disability to a superhero who may not be human. It’s a switch, but the tone of the comic feels similar to the previous volume. Overall, interesting stuff.

Story: John Semper, Jr. Art: Paul Pelletier Ink: Tony Kordos, Sandra Hope
Story: 7 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

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