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What Do You Call A Female Cyborg?...... A Cyborg, Duh!
Written By: John Semper Jr. Art By: Allan Jefferson, Derec Donovan, Scott Hanna, Guy Major, Rob Leigh Cover Price: $2.99 Release Date: November 16, 2016
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
I wish this Imitation of Life would just hurry up and stop being an imitation already because even though this is the fifth issue, it seems like we've been spinning our wheels for awhile here, with little to no progress, besides for the big bad of the series taking over Dr. Silas Stone's life and even that's been really going nowhere........ I mean, unless you consider the fact that he's making the real Silas watch as he does it as progress, to me that's just prolonged torture. So anyway, what I'm trying to say is, I just want more from this series because it just doesn't seem like a lot has happened. Let's jump into this issue of Cyborg and see if that can change here. Let's check it out.
Our issue begins with that blind jazz musician telling Cyborg that he doesn't know shit about Detroit since he spent so much of his time as a kid being kept away from it because as our hero walks Blue to the VFW, we find out that Blue being blind as he is, is able to see more about the people and the city than Vic ever could. You know, a don't judge a book by its cover situation. This leads us to find out that Blue has been keeping a secret since we met him in this series and that's that he's known that Vic was Cyborg all along and has led our hero to a surprise party at the VFW because the handicapped and disabled love him because they see him as one of their own and because of the fact that he was able to overcome his disability and become a hero..........which is kind of bullshit to me because anyone could given the technology that Cyborg was given, but that's neither here nor there.
Eventually we get to the meat of the story and that's the government coming to STAR Labs, looking for Dr. Silas Stone to recreate his Cyborg experiment so that they can save a agent who was terribly wounded in Baghdad and who has vital information....... hence the reason that they want to go to such extremes to keep her alive. While Dr. Morrow and Dr. Charles are all against this idea, Silas is all about it and even convinces Cyborg to help with the process because of the data they could collect during the experiment that might allow them to understand our hero better........... and of course we all know this is a bad thing because Silas has been taken over by the big bad of this series, but everyone seems to get on the trolley and the experiment is a go........... which too could be worse than we think because to complete the process, the government has brought in a mother box that they've had in secret, but one that's been damaged.
In the end, Cyborg hooks up to the mother box and hopes that the data they had when he was created is enough to fix the corrupted code in the box because at a certain point there's no turning back and as we leave this issue it looks like our hero has helped create a female version of himself.
That's it for this issue of Cyborg and while it wasn't terrible, it still wasn't all that interesting and it didn't help that most things that happened in this issue felt really forced. I mean, the concept behind this issue was pretty cool, but the ways we got there just felt like they were thrown at us and we were forced to swallow them because that's where the story needed to go. Hell, everyone knew that creating a new Cyborg was a bad idea, but they went with it with out any real protest and the concepts we explored with race and disability just felt like an after school special that was all about not judging a book by its cover. It just left me bored and along with the story, the art didn't really do much for me either. I hope like I do with all series that this becomes better because I want to like Cyborg, but right now the stories just aren't that interesting and when they are, they aren't conveyed as well as they could be.
Bits and Pieces:
Cyborg this issue has some decent ideas going for it, but ultimately I found myself bored when I wasn't yelling at our characters for being idiots. The art wasn't something that I really enjoyed and all in all, this issue just felt lacking all over even though it had a decent concept behind it.