Skip to main content

REVIEW: 'Cyborg' #1 by David Walker, Ivan Reis and Joe Prado


★★★★½ (4.5/5)

I don't know what took so long to finally have a Cyborg solo comic book series, but I'm glad it's finally here. The full-fledged Justice Leaguer has emerged as a vital member of the DC universe. From growing up as a Titan to a powerful hero on his own, the popular Cyborg is finally getting the attention he deserves. Always a popular animated character from Teen Titans and Justice League animated features, Cyborg #1 by David Walker, Ivan Reis, and Joe Prado have ushered in a new era for the cybernetic warrior.

With an expected cameo in upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, as well as a role in the live-action Justice League movies and a solo film to come, Cyborg is getting a fresh reboot just in time to remind everyone who Vic Stone is. 

The new series begins with a battle on another planet between Technosapiens and Tekbreakers. It's a vicious confrontation, an unyielding firefight of energy and light. It serves as a bookend to the main story. 

Vic Stone's narration comes in the form of a clean, well-designed red-bordered narration box by letterer Rob Leigh. Walker provides a lot of backstory while also keeping readers up to speed on the present (See 8-page preview for more context). It's a dense narrative that introduces Vic's father, Silas and his colleagues. The main and always heart-wrenching aspect of his life is the chilly relationship with his father. Oftentimes seen more as an experiment than a son, Vic tries to reconcile those feelings and finds a sympathetic friend in one associate, Sarah Charles. 

The art in Cyborg is an ambitious and gorgeous tapestry of intricate lines by Reis and inks by Prado. While Adriano Lucas enlivens the panels with electric colors in a multitude of hues. The layouts challenge the reader with creative and efficient montages that provide concise exposition. It really is a team effort as each artist collectively builds Vic's world with painstaking detail and energy. From the designs of the Teksapiens and Technosapiens to the interiors of STAR Labs, Cyborg #1 is a visual feast for the eyes. 

Cyborg #1 is off to a promising start anchored by Walker delving into the emotional heart of Vic while also setting up the impending threat of the  Technosapiens. Cyborg has always been a compelling figure and Walker understands that. The new series is singularly about Cyborg, not in relation to the League or the Titans, but about who he is post-New 52. It's criminal we haven't had an ongoing for Cyborg until now but to DC's credit, this series is the one fans have been waiting for. 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The Best Comics of 2017

It's that time of year again. What comics site is complete without an obligatory "Best of 2017" list? No doubt it's been a crazy year in so many ways and the comic book industry is no different. But instead of concentrating on the scandals and controversies all that matters is the fruit of so many talented peoples' labor who've produced some amazing stories. These are just some of the best independent comics of 2017.


DISCLAIMER: [Editor's Note] Spartantown relies on the generosity of independent comic book publishers to provide review copies in order to post reviews. Thanks to companies like Image Comics, Valiant Entertainment, Archie Comics, Dynamite Comics, Black Mask Studios, Action Lab, and occasionally others, I've had access to some wonderful stories that otherwise I would have missed. I don't get review copies from mainstream publishers like DC Comics and Marvel so this "Best of..." list is far from comprehensive but a good sample …

REVIEW: 'Port of Earth' #3 by Zack Kaplan, Andrea Mutti, and Vladimir Popov

The hunt continues for a deadly rogue alien accused of killing a human. ESA agents Rice and McIntyre abide by different rules which make this pursuit a tense, precarious affair. A city on shut-down, a cop with a hair-trigger, and a showdown that could alter intergalactic diplomacy forever.


PORT OF EARTH #3 
Writer: Zack Kaplan Artist: Andrea Mutti Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: January 10, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
'Port of Earth' continues to evolve from a savvy sci-fi premise to a thrilling cop drama to a thought-provoking commentary on American worker displacement and the otherness of aliens as an allegory for immigrants. It's not heavy-handed mind you but there are layers to Zack Kaplan's story. When you consider the seismic change an alien technology that helps turn water into an efficient and powerful energy source would have on the planet it's inevitable that it would set off a societal chain reaction. Especially for those displaced by…

Fred Van Lente & CAFU Decode ARMSTRONG AND THE VAULT OF SPIRITS #1

Valiant announces ARMSTRONG AND THE VAULT OF SPIRITS #1 – a hard-charging, standalone special coming this winter from New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, Incredible Hercules) and red-hot rising star CAFU (RAPTURE)! On February 7th, join in a riotous celebration for the ages as Armstrong, for the very first time, uncorks the ancient mysteries of his centuries past – and dares his closest comrades into the adventure of several lifetimes!

Deep beneath New York City’s seediest dive bar, Armstrong – the hard-hitting, harder-partying immortal veteran of history’s greatest escapades – is hosting an invitation-only affair for his most beloved friends and allies! Archer… Ivar, Timewalker… Faith… Quantum and Woody… And special guests from across the Valiant Universe… All have been offered a seat at the table for a personally guided tour of Armstrong’s most valuable and tightly guarded treasure… From the Great Flood to ancient Greece to the height of the C…

NYCC: Dynamite's Next 25-Cent Revival is 'Dejah Thoris' with Amy Chu

The Princess of Mars is set to return to her throne this January, as Dynamite Entertainment announces the relaunch of one of their most beloved characters, Dejah Thoris. Writer Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Red Sonja, KISS) will bring the strong, iconic character back to the comics in the debut issue Dejah Thoris #0, which will retail for 25 cents and allow fans to join the adventure at this introductory price.


This replicates the outstanding debut of Sheena #0, which broke 120,000 sales. Retailers can confidently stock their shelves with extra copies of this red-hot new series.

This exciting prequel to Edgar Rice Burroughs' beloved book, A Princess of Mars, will delve into the untold story of the classic Red Martian princess!  After learning of the legendary Gardens of Mars from her grandfather, Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium, sets off on a dangerous scientific expedition to save her dying planet. But things don't go the way she planned when she encounters a mysterious Green Martian…

WONDER WOMAN OF THE DAY: Fitness Model Gia Macool Embodies the Amazon Princess

The closest we'll ever get, probably, to superheroes in real life is through the great work of cosplayers. You see them at every pop culture convention from the very basic to extremely elaborate costume design. However, you don't have to be a cosplayer to enjoy dressing up as your favorite superhero from time to time. Take fitness model and entrepreneur Gia Macool for example. An accomplished fitness competitor and model, Macool is also a big fan of DC Comics' Wonder Woman. She shows her love of the iconic Amazon Princess in her fitness wear, meal prep accessories and even a full blown photo shoot in a Wonder Woman costume. 

For decades comics have featured very muscular superheroes, male and female, epitomizing the human form at its strongest. So when bodybuilders and fitness pros decide to suit up as these costumed heroes, they are the embodiment of those fictional characters in the flesh. Macool looks like she stepped out of the pages of a Wonder Woman comic with a suit …