Monday, March 28, 2016

Cyborg #9 Review and *SPOILERS*

Fake Out!

Written By: David F. Walker
Art By: Felipe Watanabe, Julio Ferreira, Oclair Albert, Adriano Lucas, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 23, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

With this being David F. Walker's last issue on the series, I find myself a bit bummed.  I mean, I wasn't a huge fan of his first arc, but I have to tell you that it really seems like he found his footing with this Cybernetic Regulations Act story........ and hell, anyone who gives me The Metal Men and Shazam in a book is immediately on my Christmas Card list.  Expect me in the mail in December David because I'll be sporting the dopiest of sweaters.  Anyway, Cyborg's been fun as hell and now with the government coming down on Vic and wanting to bring him in citing National Security, I can't wait to see what happens when Cyborg becomes Public Enemy #1.  Let's jump into this issue and see how our hero plans on overcoming the odds and retaining his hero status in the eyes of our officials and of the people.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins right where we left off last month, with Cyborg and Shazam being confronted by...... get this, The CyForce.  I get it, I get it, they're a force comprised of cyborgs, sponsored by Cyber-Tech Inc, but isn't that name just a little too on the nose?  It would be like Jim and I starting a team called Jumbo Shrimp........ Well, maybe it's not exactly like that, but CyForce is a ridiculous name.  Obviously, Vic isn't in the mood to be kidnapped by a group calling themselves CyForce and I'm initially shocked at how fast Shazam and Cyborg become enemies...... or frenemies when Shazam just simply remarks that since this group is with the government, Cyborg should just go with them......... Yeah, it's a bit of a naive response that you'd expect from Shazam, but it didn't warrant Vic going all "Booyah" on his ass and blasting him with his sonic cannon.

Like in the previous issue, we move back and forth throughout time here and this time we see how Vic has prepared for the Cybernetic Regulations Act to go through and if the Justice League plan on backing Vic up or siding with the government.  There's not a lot going on in this section of the book except for Superman coming off as a dumb son of a bitch and Wonder Woman coming off like she's tired of his stupidity, but we do get the idea that the entire Justice League plan on backing Cyborg up if push comes to shove with the government and because of their loyalty, Victor shows the gang how he can turn himself human again with his evolved technology.  The big reason that Vic wants to have the Justice League behind him on this is because he's afraid of what Cyber Tech Industries would do with his technology if they ever got their grimy hands on it and also because of some information he got from hacking government servers that showed that Cybertech has created a chip that would be installed into everyone with cybernetic enhancements............ ultimately, it would make those cyber fools puppets whenever Cyber Tech or the government saw fit and no one should ever take being a puppet lying down.

In the end, we head back to Cyborg and Shazam's fight and after a proper ass whoopin' the fight then becomes all about Vic and Bobby Zirrozinski, who with his abilities he received from the Technosapien invasion and then the mingling of Cyborg's new operating system to shut the invaders down has made Bobby a force to be reckoned with........... or at the very least it's allowed him to transform his cybernetic arm and we see him do that here when he transforms it into a chainsaw and cuts Cyborg's arm off............. He also ends up looking like Hoss Delgado from the Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy.

As our issue closes, our hero is beaten and is taken into the government's custody....... but from what we learned in the flashbacks, that was his plan all along, he just needed it to look good.

That's it for this issue of Cyborg and David F. Walker's run on the book and I'm not going to do a whole run through of David's bit on this book, but I like everything that he's been doing with this current story line........... it's just weird that he's leaving in the middle of it.  As I said in the previous issue, I love the whole "Cyborg vs. The Government" bit and I love the fact that Vic's bringing the Justice League in for a little backup.......... because you really don't see that a lot in solo titles.  The biggest problem with this issue is the lack of progression in story because even though we see some flashbacks dealing with Cyborg's plan in taking down Cyber Tech Inc., we get probably about two minutes of action time lapse in our current timeline story.  The art though, even though Shazam comes off looking rather mongoloid-ish at times is great and I love it.  I'm interested in seeing where Marv Wolfman takes this story in the upcoming issues, but I'm happy as hell with where David F. Walker brought this series.

Bits and Pieces:

While this issue doesn't do much to progress our story further than where we left off last month, it does fill us in about what Cyborg's been doing in preparation for when the Cyborg Regulations Act is passed.  It's a fun issue that features the Justice League and I found myself really enjoying the art....... It's just a really fast read with the lack of progression.


1 comment:

  1. Shazam and Cyborg in the same issue, sold! This may be a stupid thought but if Cyborg can turn into a human why doesn't he do that to fool the government. Perhaps they could detect that he still is made up of cybernetics. It's worth a shot at least.