Cyborg gained some new abilities last month, but also took a ton of damage. What does that mean? Internet roaming Cyborg issue! Is it good?
Cyborg #11 (DC Comics)
So what’s it about? The official DC summary of this issue reads:
The epic conclusion of the “Cybernetic Registration” epic is here! The Cyforce’s true masterminds are finally revealed! How will Cyborg ever regain the trust of our citizens, the government or the JLA again?
Why does this book matter?
The last issue of Cyborg proved to me there’s some fine writing going on; it ended with tons of feels between Cyborg and his father, but also reminded us Cyborg is the most badass tech hero ever.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Writer Marv Wolfman continues to bring well paced storytelling to the series and this time it’s Cyborg fighting the good fight over the internet. Or is it through satellites? It’s kind of unclear, but that’s okay, because at least this issue doesn’t bring a bunch of fake computer hacking bologna to the fold. Considering there’s no action in this issue – save for a moment where Cyborg is attacked by a virus/dragon – it’s actually pretty darn entertaining. Wrapped in the story is a lesson too about how we predetermine who we think terrorists are. That gives it a strong positive message worth noting.
He’s kinda like a Terminator…
Part of the reason why this issue works is because Cyborg must his his wits and detective skills to stop the bad guys. Usually he’s going in guns ablazing with some wit about him, but it’s all wit this go around. An airplane is hijacked by hackers, and as he hacks in he must keep the people calm, determine where the threat is, and eventually what the perpetrators are up to. Wolfman keeps the intensity high with minor issues to tackle along the way too.
Why this issue works is in large part due to the art by Felipe Watanabe, Daniel HDR and Julio Ferreira. They manage to make an actionless issue suspenseful, but also make Cyborg’s digital form believable too. Though Cyborg is a disembodied head for much of this issue it’s never comical or unbelievable to imagine him inside the net. The virus/dragon mentioned above is also pretty wicked and it comes with an interesting design.
It can’t be perfect can it?
Though the message of never judging a book by its cover is a good one it is laid on a bit thick. Woflman managed to make me think Cyborg was a bit racist for his assumption in the earlier part of the issue, but when Cyborg realizes his ignorance and beats himself up for it it’s a little much. Laid on so thickly it felt like I was reading a book for a much younger audience who wouldn’t understand as quickly as an adult.
The lack of action is sure to be an issue for a lot of folks too. I didn’t find it to be one though.
Ugh, the internet…sucks.
Is It Good?
Cyborg enters the internet and yet it’s not a bore like so many stories before it. The story is tense, well paced, and reminds us Cyborg can do things the heavy Justice League members can’t.