Thursday, October 29, 2015

Cyborg #4 Review and *SPOILERS*

Technology's Going To Kill Us

Written By: David F. Walker
Art By: Ivan Reis, Felipe Watanabe, Scott Hanna, Wayne Faucher, Adriano Lucas, Pete Pantanzis, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 28, 2015

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

The Technosapiens have arrived on Earth and no one is safe!  They're out and about converting mofos and the next thing you know, you'll be walking up to Donald Sutherland and he'll begin pointing and screaming at you all in his Technosapien glory.  That's a Invasion of The Body Snatchers reference son, get on the trolley........ Really though, that's what's going on.  The Technosapiens have come and are converting everyone they can as they try to find the song that soothes their techno souls.......... which seems like it's coming off of Cyborg.  Hopefully, now that the Tekbreakers have arrived, Earth stands a chance against this invasion, but it might be harder than expected because it was the Tekbreakers, who during May's Sneak Peek, came to Earth and killed Cyborg.  I'm guessing Vic is holding a grudge, but with any luck the people of Earth just might survive this incursion.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out........ and hopefully get some background on who and what the Technosapiens and the Tekbreakers are.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:
Our story begins with all our scientists who haven't been converted yet and our heroes like Cyborg and the Metal Men........ and I guess the Tekbreakers hunkering down in Star Labs for the long haul because shit isn't pretty outside with the Technosapien invasion.  With the end of the world looming outside, it's time for an origin story and why all of this is because of Cyborg's father: Silas Stone.  The Tekbreaker doppelganger of Sarah Charles breaks it down for us about how on her Earth, things probably played out a lot like they did on Earth-0, but instead of Victor having the accident that led to him becoming Cyborg, both Silas and his wife Elinore were injured and thanks to the alien technology from the Red Room, he was able to save himself, but sadly not his wife.  Silas continued to experiment with the alien technology until it caught the attention of the Technosapiens, who came to Earth and began converting all the techno non-believers.  The best part of this entire backstory is how the Tekbreaker Sarah Charles is pretty much accusing this Silas Stone of being the one responsible, even though it was the one from her Earth....... yeah, they're similar but damn, lay off Silas a bit before Cyborg throws a fit to hopefully get his daddy's attention and love...... Cyborg really needs to get over his daddy issues.  

While story time goes on inside, outside we have the Technosapiens waiting to get to their chosen one and hear the beautiful song that comes off his tech....... and possibly out of his mouth, but as we all learned in a previous issue, Cyborg's no rapper.  You see, the Technosapiens are simply waiting because a bunch of scientists like Dr. Morrow have been converted already and they're just waiting for the perfect time to go busting out of their force fields and alerting the rest of the Technosapiens to go in for the attack.  In the meantime though, Cyborg comforts his daddy about how none of this is actually his fault and Sarah confronts her double about what's going down and how all of this is actually her fault because the Technosapiens wouldn't have known about this Earth if the Tekbreakers hadn't of come looking to kill Cyborg and hopefully finding something that could help them in their own fight against this tech-ed out enemy......... and you know what?  I have to agree.  Hell, I don't even know why the Tekbreakers even showed back up or how Star Labs was able to keep the majority of them locked up.  We already know that they apparently didn't find anything when they were here before and nothing from this book lets me in on why they would have come back.

In the end, even though I have no idea why the Tekbreakers are in this book other than to lay down information about the Multiverse, they do come in handy when the recently converted Technosapiens break free and all hell breaks loose as our heroes try to defend themselves.  

Just when it looks like our heroes are going to come out on top in this battle, they're ambushed by what looks like a Techno-Graboid from the movie Tremors.

That's it for this issue of Cyborg and besides for exposition that comes from people who have no real purpose in being on Earth-0, not a lot goes on in this issue, but it does cut back on Cyborg's one-liners and his daddy issues so at least we have that going on.  If you don't mind not having a real reason for the Tekbreakers showing back up in this book, it's not that bad of a read..... it's really right down the middle because nothing really spectacular happens and nothing really offensive happens either.  The artwork as always is spectacular to look at and I love the colors in this book, especially when the Technosapiens begin their attack at the end.  I just really hope that we find out what's really going on and what all of this has to do with Cyborg's tech making him into the Techno-Jeebus.  

Bits and Pieces:

While we seem to have gotten over the daddy issue hump of the story, we've arrived right into the jaws of the exposition monster and it's a fierce beast as it tries to make you understand what we're dealing with.  I'm exaggerating a bit, the exposition isn't bad, I just can't come up with a reason why the Tekbreakers who dish it out are even in this story.  All in all, this isn't a bad addition to the series and some might think that this issue is worth the price tag just for the battle in the end, that's conveyed with some outstanding art.  Middle of the road issue for me though, but I hope that now that the majority of the exposition is complete, we'll start moving into some uncharted "awesome" territory with this series.


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