Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Cyborg #12 Review and *SPOILERS*

Killer Concert

Written By: John Semper Jr.
Art By: Will Conrad, Cliff Richards, Ivan Nunes, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 3, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

After last issue's stroll through a digital gaming world that almost killed our hero, I don't know if I want to be reading this book anymore because each issue becomes one step forward and then two steps back because here we are twelve issues in and still dealing with Anomaly, with no real signs of Cyborg ever taking the villain down.  On top of that, we had this concept thrown at us in the previous issue about how Cyborg's Boom Tubes are all messed up and not taking him to where he wants to go........ which somehow translated into his mother box putting him into a game he created when he was in Junior High....... which makes no damn sense at all, but hopefully all of that is cleared up now and we can get into this Cyborg comic and see a competent hero that can take on Anomaly so that we can finally move on to bigger and better gs............ I'm not holding my breath though.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Cyborg floating through some kind of space like we saw in the previous issue that didn't make any damn sense as he tries to make his way home and thankfully, his boom tubes start doing what they're supposed to and take him to Detroit.......... Only thing is, Cyborg keeps talking about how he thinks some higher power is taking him where he's needs to go instead of him going where he wants to go........... yeah, this book has somehow turned into a Cyborg/Quantum Leap mash up that I really can't stand anymore.  For some reason, even though Cyborg finally makes it home so that he can finally take on Anomaly and free his father, the boom tube has taken him six months into the future, where Vic discovers that he's at the University of Detroit and since this higher power is taking him where he needs to be, our hero decides that saving folks will have to wait because he needs to go see this lecture on what the future holds for mankind once the singularity happens.......... Which essentially is Cyborg and all we do with this scene is kill some page space and get bored to tears because everything this scientist is talking about is already going on in the DC Universe.

After the lecture, Cyborg kills some more time when he discovers that Exxy, the kid who was helping him previously has become a famous rapper in the past six months and now our hero has to find out where he's holding his secret concert tonight so that he can go to him and yell at him for not keeping a low profile while he was gone.......... You know, instead of actually going after the real threat itself.  It's at the concert where we discover that not only has Exxy become famous because of his songs and light shows about how him and Cyborg are friends, but we also discover that this was the worst plan ever because Anomaly has been watching Exxy for Cyborg's return and the villain sends his Haxaan robot, that Exxy and Vic previously fought and a new monster that he's created using Rizzo Rattama and the OTAC cells, turning the once drug dealer into a rat robot.

In the end, Cyborg is seriously getting his ass beat by Ratattack, until Sarah Charles, who appears in the crowd watching out of nowhere, remotely gives Cyborg the information about how to reprogram the OTAC cells, allowing our hero to turn Rattack into what looks like mush....... instead of simply turning him back into the man he once was, which seemed to be Ratattack's biggest concern.  As our issue closes, Cyborg helps Exxy get laid by telling everyone that they are indeed partners........ and I'm left just shaking my head about what I just read.

That's it for this issue of Cyborg and even though this issue isn't nearly as much nonsense as our previous one was, it certainly wasn't good either.  Cyborg just doesn't seem to give a shit about anything anymore and is simply going around like a leaf in the wind because of some higher power that may or may not be guiding him and all we get because of it is Cyborg sitting in on a lecture and then him going to a concert so he can yell about there being danger, instead of actually going after the danger itself.  It's all kind of bullshit and I'm left wondering what happened to this series and how it could fall so low in my feelings for it.  Yeah, the art in this issue was decent, but that's not saving this series in the long run and even though this title has been pushed to only being a monthly series, I already dread reading and reviewing the next issue.

Bits and Pieces:

This title continues to be nonsense, where our hero just does random things because the techno-god that tells toasters when to pop and microwaves when to ding wants this book to be a slow ass burn that gives us almost nothing.  The art in this issue was decent, but the story is just boring as hell and infuriates me because our hero continues to not do a damn thing.  


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