Monday, May 2, 2016

Cyborg #10 Review and *SPOILERS*

Mama Always Said, Life Is Like Cyber Tech Inc........

Written By: Marv Wolfman
Art By: Ivan Reis, Felipe Watanabe, Daniel HDR, Julio Ferreira, Oclair Albert, Adriano Lucas, Corey Breen
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 27, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's time for Marv Wolfman to takeover the reigns of Cyborg and even though he created the character, I feel he's got some big shoes to fill taking over for David F. Walker....... not only because I believe the man has some big feet, but because I've really been enjoying this story arc that has seen Vic become public enemy #1 in the eyes of the government.  That's right, we're past the Technosapien Invasion and we're on to the ramifications of what that invasion did...... pretty much, having a hairy eyeball at people with cybernetic implants and toasters that just refuse to toast correctly.  In the previous issue we saw the government funded Cyber Tech Inc. use their new cybernetic team called fittingly enough, their Cy-Force, take down Vic and transport him for proper study....... which usually means dissection when dealing with shady government organizations.  Let's jump into this issue and see if Cyborg can keep himself all together and find out what Cyber Tech is actually up to.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with something that will keep poking it's ugly head at us through this comic and that's Cybrog's hologram mother.  It's not bad in the beginning, where we see Cyborg and her spending some quality time together at a holographic cabin that they used to spent time at when Vic was a kid...... and his mother was actually alive.  I gotta wonder though, with Vic's dad being the workaholic that he is and pretty much all around bad father......... Did they actually spend time in a cabin or was it all just some hologram so Silas could keep working and not have to hear his son complaining about taking him somewhere?  With that little flashback thrown out there so we get the idea that Mama is all about Cyber Tech, we jump ahead to Cyborg actually being contained by the company and Agent Holmes laying all that exposition on us at once, now that they've taken out Shazam, who really didn't need to be in this book at all because all he did was get his ass whooped so we could find out that Cyber Tech expected the Justice League to intervene on their Cyborg dissection.......... which is crazy because Cyber Tech expected Cyborg to hack into their computers so you'd think they'd have firewalls and Norton Anti-Virus and all that good stuff going on to keep our hero out, but by the end of the issue Cyborg still dongles the shit out of their mainframe......... I don't know if that made sense, I just wanted to say dongle.

So Cyborg is strapped up, Shazam is out cold, so I guess this is as good a time as any for Agent Holmes to sit down and lay out the exposition about what's going on to Cyborg and to us.  It's funny too because Jim didn't know that the agent's name was Holmes and thought that Cyborg was just getting really street every time he was talking to our bad guy.  I don't know if it's worse that Jim thought that or that I've been using it as Homes my whole life and just found out last night that I've been faking the funk for all these years.  With the epiphanies about my life aside, Agent Holmes is not on the up and up.  It turns out that during the Technosapien invasion, Agent Holmes was infected by the Technosapiens and even though Cyborg supposedly wiped out the control they had over the populace, Agent Holmes is somehow still infected and is now their hand puppet to find out everything he can about Cyborg.  Remember how Cyber Tech was ready for Cyborg to hack into their servers?  Well, somehow he still does and downloads himself into them, sending all the information about what Cyber Tech is doing to the internet............ and then the Technosapiens show up out of nowhere and I'm instantly lost............ not to mention that Agent Holmes just disappears and the Cy-Force that we've spent so much time building up don't do anything or even show up.  Where's Bobby Zirrozinksi?

In the end, Cyborg takes out all the Technosapiens that magically appeared and with the help of Shazam who decides that he wants to be a part of this comic again, they take out all the alien threats in Cyber Tech.  As our issue closes, we go back to Cyborg's hologram mother, who is trying to tell her husband and son that Cyber Tech lied to them about her being a simple construct created by the Technosapiens, but like me I guess Vic had enough of her talking on and on about Cyber Tech and he pulls the plug on her.

That's it for this issue of Cyborg and I don't know what happened, but everything that we've been dealing with in this story arc just fell apart in this issue.  Maybe Marv Wolfman read the Technosapien Invasion story arc and figured that he'd do things differently and incorporated some aspects of that here, but whatever it was it totally took away from everything that we've gotten over the past three issues and that's a shame because I really liked this story arc up until now.  Everything just seemed thrown together haphazardly in order to come to a conclusion and I don't know if you want to call this a nitpicky thing, but at one point Cyborg's mother is referred to as a "He" and at another moment a dialog balloon was pointing to the wrong person.  Everything about this issue feels rushed and because of it, it wasn't very fun to read.  My only positive to this issue is that the art seemed to mesh together very well for having three pencillers, but even the colors aren't as vibrant here as they've been in past issues.

Bits and Pieces:

This issue of Cyborg is a real kick in the face if you've been enjoying this story because things just come out of nowhere and the majority of this issue feels rushed just to get to a conclusion.  The only real satisfying part of this book is the art, but even the colors suffered here because they're just dull.

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  1. Surprise, I disagree Mr Eric. Fun issue with some crazy art. Still trying to figure out that 4 line fishing road. Didn't Holmes and his men turn into the Technosapians??


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