Cyborg is one of those heroes that should probably be way more popular than he is. I mean, he’s the biggest technology based hero there is, and aren’t we all using technology all the time? It’s all about good art and strong storytelling to sell a character though, so the question remains, is it good?
Cyborg #12 (DC Comics)
S.T.A.R. Labs is invaded by brother and sister super-villains seeking revenge for the suicide of their father. Cyborg is the only one who can stop them, but he’s in the middle of a firmware upgrade from the events of last issue.
Why does this book matter?
Marv Wolfman has consistently written a strong comic with this series and there’s no reason to believe he’s stopping now. He’s accompanied by a trio of artists who have consistently done great work as well. With Cyborg coming off a firmware upgrade let’s see if his first mission unplugged goes well, shall we?
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
It’s not like the leagues can stop you from joining!
Wrapped inside this issue is a story of a brother and sister who just want a little bit of retribution. Their dad is dead and he left them changed in more ways than one. Wolfman does a good job basically mirroring their plight with Cyborg’s, cooking up a backstory for these siblings that show a future he may have had to deal with if not for his father. Much of this book is exposition and backstory of these siblings, but because their story is similar to Cyborg’s you can see how it’s reflective and thought provoking for fans of Cyborg.
This is basically a done in one story (unless the cliffhanger is suggesting there’s more to come) so anyone can pick this up and enjoy it. That’s a bonus for sure, and one of the reasons it’s so easily accessible is because of the unique backstory of the siblings. They also offer an interesting power set that makes it a bit harder on Cyborg.
While it’s easy to see this comic was drawn by three artists I’m not sure it’s that distracting or detrimental for the book. There are strengths from each, which is obvious by stylistic things that pop up here and there–like Cyborg looking cleaner in some close ups or his powers going into full techno-detail mode in others–making for an overall strong look. There are a lot of talking heads and dialogue heavy scenes, but you won’t notice due to the art carrying things along nicely.
It can’t be perfect can it?
Ultimately yes, this is more about the siblings than Cyborg, which makes this issue more of a guest appearance for Cyborg more than anything else. It doesn’t help that Cyborg seems to just allow these characters to get what they want without thinking it through. The reader knows what they’ve done too, which makes Cyborg look a bit naive. Sure, it’s out of the goodness of his heart, but it’s a tad confusing when you consider they just broke into a place (and killed a man, but Cyborg doesn’t know that). He’s never really under much threat either, so the stakes aren’t high enough to make the drama all that interesting. Cyborg may come off as a good samaritan, but not much of a superhero in this issue.
Is It Good?
Come for the guest characters’ interesting backstory and journey, but you may want to skip this one as it doesn’t do much for the Cyborg character.