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Written By: John Semper Jr. Art By: Will Conrad, Ivan Nunes, Rob Leigh Cover Price: $2.99 Release Date: October 19, 2016
Man, was last issue a hard read to get through because of how much Kilg%re went on and on about how much he hated humanity, while quoting every damn thing they ever wrote. It wasn't an enjoyable issue, but I will say that by the end I did get on the Cyborg trolley because we had ourselves a hell of a cliffhanger with Victor's father safe from the villain, only for us to find out that the man who was saved is actually an impostor taking on the guise of Dr. Silas Stone. Let's jump into this issue and see if Cyborg can get past this whole humanity vs. machine dilemma he's facing and if we can gleam anymore information about what this mastermind behind the rogue cyborgs attacking our hero is actually up to. Let's check it out.
Our issue begins with the Justice League's first battle with Darkseid and with Vic closing the boom tubes and kicking that stone faced bastard's ass right out of our heroes' world...... except, that part never happened and Vic wasn't able to close the boom tubes and we see our heroes completely destroyed by Darkseid. Yeah, it's a bit of a trip, especially with our heroes' death throws being all about how they should have known better than to trust a machine to come through for humanity. Yeah, this is obviously a nightmare and Vic snaps out of it after he's confronted by a burn victim Wonder Woman, who's scary as shit. The weird part about this nightmare is....... it shouldn't have been able to happen because Dr. Sarah Charles had temporarily shut down Vic's brain during his diagnostic scan. So yeah, weirdness all around since I find it strange that someone could shut down Victor's brain at all.
With the nightmare behind us, Vic and Sarah decide that they need a night out on the town and we see that the DCYou Cyborg series has been completely erased because while Vic is able to turn himself completely human looking here, it seems that it's still new to him and he's not able to do it for long periods of time or if he loses concentration........ which couldn't possibly happen if those are his limitations right? Of course they do and this part is strange too, but interesting as hell because while Sarah and Vic are at a jazz club, Vic runs into someone who knows him, but he has no idea who she is. Yeah, it turns out that this woman is Vic's old girlfriend before he became Cyborg that he somehow has no recollection of and when she mentions how she went to his father after his disappearance, the man blew her off and apparently never told Vic about it........ With this, it's time for Vic to lose control and start reverting back to his normal form, which means its time to leave and hopefully get some answers from dear old Pa-Pa.
In the end, Dr. Stone or the thing that's posing as Dr. Stone isn't in the lab and Dr. Morrow tells Vic that his father turned off some of his memories from around the time of his accident so that the ordeal of becoming Cyborg didn't drive him crazy........ Which Vic doesn't seem concerned about because he wants Dr. Morrow to give those memories back and just like before when someone tampered with Vic's mind, our hero goes into a nightmare, where he's forced to fight his teammates on the Justice League, who keep calling him a monster. Yeah, the mastermind of this arc can't be the cause of this right? What with his affinity of trying to convince Vic of how humanity sucks and machines are rad. If robo-nightmares weren't enough, this time while Vic is out, his body becomes active and starts running amok like the Frankenstein monster so really, Vic's nightmares might become a reality because who would you call to bring down a raging Cyborg? My call's the Justice League.
That's it for this issue of Cyborg and even though the nightmares of this book make up a good portion of it, which kind of takes away from the feel of immediate threat because we know that they're nightmares and don't actually affect anything going on, I dug the direction this issue took. Yeah, it's more of the same with Cyborg fighting between whether he's man or machine, but we also got this added mystery about his missing memories that really leave me wondering if they were actually suppressed or if Vic isn't actually the man he once was and is simply a machine his father built with the memories that he thought his son should have........ Since his father wasn't aware of this mystery girlfriend at the time of Cyborg's inception. I'm intrigued and since the art in this issue was really good, I'm on board the Cyborg train and am willing to go wherever it takes me......... I just hope that that train gets past "Am-I-Human-Ville" sooner rather than later because there's only so much of the same that I can take.
Bits and Pieces:
This installment of Cyborg brings about some interesting mysteries that really gets me into this new take of the character's on-going struggle about whether he's man or machine...... Which I'm thankful for because this question is always lingering whenever Cyborg does something solo and I'm starting to get sick of it, but hopefully with this story it can keep things fresh and because of how great the art looked here and some freshness added, I'm intrigued to see where this arc goes.