Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Cyborg #2 Review and *SPOILERS*



You're Either With Us Or Against Us


Written By: John Semper Jr. 
Art By: Paul Pelletier, Tony Kordos, Tom Palmer, Guy Major, Hi-Fi, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 5, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's time to check back in on Cyborg because after the dilemma that he's been facing about whether his father sees him as a metal monster or his little boy........ Well, he should be put on some sort of watch or something.  Make sure to keep the metal cutters away from him.  Besides for that nonsense, we had our hero contemplating on whether or not he had a soul in the previous issue and after hearing some improvisational jazz music, it seems that he's found his soul.  It was just at the worst possible time though because a big bad mamma jamma named Kilg%re has come to eradicate the humanity right out of our hero.  Let's jump into this issue and see if we can find out anything more about the mystery machine behind Kilg%re's resurrection and why the hell it looks like Dr. Silas Stone.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Right away in this issue I realize that Kilg%re's a goddamn phony because as much as he talks about hating the human race....... and believe me he does, he talks shit with the best of them.  Yeah, I don't know much about Kilg%re's past, but he lets us in on the fact that he is from an alien planet and we also learn from Cyborg in this issue that he's been a threat to our heroes in the past.  I guess that's enough to get you by....... Well, I hope it is because that's what I'm going with and to make this villain an even bigger threat than he is, we also learn that he can control anything electric, which also means Cyborg's thoughts and memories for some reason.  I don't know enough about techno biology to know if this is bullshit or not, but I'll go with it.


So yeah, this issue for the most part is just a big ass fight between Cyborg and Kilg%re, where we see our hero get the shit kicked out of him over and over again, until Kilg%re goes and makes it personal by leading Cyborg to the church that his family used to go to and the one where his mother's funeral service was held.  I'm saying it's a "This time it's personal" type of situation going on, but even with that determination to show Kilg%re that no one disrespects his Mama, Cyborg continues to be subdued by this mechanical menace.  It's at this point where Kilg%re tries to get Vic to see things his way, by telling him that the way humans use machines is equally as bad as slavery was back in the day and thankfully this heavy handed analogy doesn't affect our hero either way.  He's human, he's got to fight for the human race and that's all.  It seems though that Kilg%re was ready for this answer though and had a contingency plan.  Since our villain can be in two places at once, earlier he had taken Dr. Silas Stone and put him in a glass ball, filled with a gas that can eat through Cyborg's metal shell and if that wasn't enough, he's also strapped a bomb into Silas' chest.  


In the end, Even though Cyborg knows it will be the death of him, he saves his father because whether or not the two see eye to eye or even if Silas thinks of him as a monster, the two will always be connected by the love they each felt for Vic's mother.  The thing is..... yeah, Cyborg broke his father out, but he never disabled the bomb on his chest and it seems like that threat was just quickly forgotten about in this issue.  As we close this thing out though, it seems that all of this was just set up so Kilg%re and his master could see what Cyborg would do and now that he's completely chosen humanity, Kilg%re plans on killing our hero.  It's a good thing that Sarah Charles went back to STAR Labs in the beginning of this issue and shut down the the electrical grid in Detroit because without the surrounding power, Kilg%ore doesn't have any himself and is instantly defeated by our hero.  With all that taken care of, Cyborg picks his father up and takes him home.  The only problem is, Silas is tied up somewhere else watching all of this on a monitor and screaming out to his son that who he has is an impostor.  


That's it for this issue of Cyborg and man did I find this issue hard to get through because of all the rambling that Kilg%re does here.  For something that hates humanity as much as he does, he loves talking about how he's learned Shakespeare and quotes it and other nonsense throughout this issue and man does it go on and on.  It was just more talking than I would have liked, especially since the half of it went nowhere and the other half simply recapped things we already know from the previous issues of this series.  I would love to say that the art more than made up for it, but I found that it just came off muddy as hell because of all the grey on grey action we had going on here.  So yeah, not a lot of positive things to say about this issue besides for the end, where it actually got interesting, but even with that, one of the threats that Cyborg faced was a bomb implanted into his father's chest, which seemed to be quickly forgotten about.  Hopefully with the cliffhanger we got here we can at least expect some interesting things to happen in the next issue.

Bits and Pieces:

I was really disappointed with this issue of Cyborg because of all the needless ramblings of our villain, that were just thrown over the one-sided fight scene that took up the majority of the issue.  Even with that though, you'd expect some awesome action, but the fight just wasn't great to look at because the colors were just muddy as hell and the only real positive thing I can say is that from the cliffhanger we got, I find myself still interested in where this series is going. 

5.5/10
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