Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye #10 Review and **SPOILERS**


Mister Carson Was My Father

Written By: Jon Rivera 
Story By: Gerard Way & Jon Rivera 
Art & Cover By: Michael Avon Oeming 
Interior & Cover Colors By: Nick Filardi 
Letters By: Clem Robins 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: July 19, 2017


For the last few issues, I’ve been thinking this series should be re-titled Cave Carson Had a Cybernetic Eye, but the way things left off last time, he could get it back again! It would be cool, if only so we don’t have to keep looking at that gross bloody bandage over his open eye socket anymore. So let’s play comic book opthamologists and check in on Cave Carson’s current ocular health, shall we?

Explain It!

Though they were plucked and chucked from the face of a Whisper-controlled gigantic green alien last issue, Cave Carson had to prescience of mind to stuff everyone into stasis pods before they crash-landed in the woods, so all is well. For the people, that is, the Mighty Mole is toast. Also, Cave’s wayward cybernetic eye found its way to the crash site, and cut a hole in Cave’s pod so it could jam itself back into his eye socket. You’d think this would be a good thing, but he doesn’t seem to thrilled about it. He’s more broken up over the Mighty Mole, though…they had a lot of adventures together over the years. They salvage as much as they can, though Cave does a poor job salvaging Chloe’s comfort level when he mentions she was conceived in the vehicle. Now it’s time to move on, just for the sake of finding something useful. And because Cave’s cybernetic eye is causing him to see ghostly images of his dead wife, Mazra, again. Oh boy.
As they move through the forest, it’s noted that there are no animals skulking about, and everything looks to be subsumed by the same fungus that the Whisper is made from. Or that it makes. Whatever it is, the fungus and Whisper are closely related. Point is, a tree is now attacking everyone, Poison Ivy style. Cave can’t help because he’s too entranced by his fake ex-wife, so the Muldroogan Batman Fan Club does their best to be all Forest Warriors and attack the bark. Turns out that the tree attaching is Avery…I think this is one of the renegade EBX employees that got killed an issue or two ago, but to be honest I haven’t been keeping their names straight. Avery Tree threatens to eat one of the Muldroogans in a newly-created gaping maw, but it’s cut in twain by the blazing green laser blast of Cave Carson…Junior!
Hailing from an alternate dimension and in a future timeline, Cave Carson, Jr.’s reality is being threatened by the Whisper, and he’s been hopping around dimensions just like his extra-dimensional poppa and his gang. After telling Cave that his mom in Junior’s World is Christine Madison—a woman who, in our Cave’s reality, was part of his adventurin’ team and who did make goo-goo eyes at him in the Silver Age comics—Cave Junior takes out all the fungus in this dimension with some kind of Convenience Serum. Unfortunately, all lifeforms in this world are already dead. But that’s okay! Back in Cave Junior’s dimension, the Justice League (we know them!) has sacrificed themselves to provide intel to Doctor Magnus (we know him!) that will defeat Whisper. So everyone jumps back to Junior’s pad, only to be immediately subdued by the Metal Men (we know them!) so that Cave’s cybernetic eye can be plucked from his face (awww) and shoved into some kind of protoplasmic android thingy that takes the form of…Red Tornado Mazra? Maybe? Some female form, for sure.
Even though Whisper is still a threat, I’m glad we moved away from all of this direct confrontation that was starting to bum me out a little bit. I still want to see Paul Borstein slapped upside his smug face, but this jump to a new mystery, plus the introduction of familiar DC characters into this universe, is very welcome. Now let’s discuss these familiar characters rationally and objectively for the benefit of you, the reader: I FUCKING LOVE THE METAL MEN! I first read their exploits in a trade collection of Walt Simonson’s DC Comics work, and then got their Archives Editions when I saw them available somewhere. So what I’m saying is, the sheer existence of these characters in this comic book just spiked my enthusiasm for the series, and if you were looking for an unbiased review then you should probably check elsewhere. Though I imagine anyone that doesn’t love the Metal Men simply hasn’t read their Silver and Bronze Age stories!

Bits and Pieces:

This comic takes a much-needed left turn, and we're treated to some good ol' strange adventures and weird encounters that comprised much of the first arc. We meet some new characters, some that will raise an eyebrow, others that will make you feel giddy as hell! I want to give it away so badly, but I try to avoid that in these blurbs. Just go read this issue!


1 comment:

  1. Cant wait for my copy now. Sounds awesome. Really high end acid pulp.