Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Cyborg #16 Review and *SPOILERS*

Virtual Digital Reality

Written By: John Semper Jr.
Art By: Allan Jefferson, Will Conrad, Wayne Faucher, Ivan Nunes, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 6, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Goddamn, it feels like forever since I've had to dive into the world of Cyborg and you know what?....... forever didn't last long enough because if you've been playing along at home, you'll know that I haven't been a fan of this book in a long time and I actually dread going back in and having to decipher what the hell is going down with our hero and his nonsensical battle with Anomaly and the OTAC virus.  That being said, I guess I have to do it and I should stop complaining and just get to it, but beforehand, just let me tell you that we left the previous issue with the evil Cyborg of this strange world that our hero finds himself in calling out our Cyborg for a fight to the death, since like we learned in Highlander, there can be only one and our hero finds himself unable to say no because Exxy has been infected with the OTAC virus and now it's up to Vic to get the cure from his doppelganger.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with the flying, mobile STAR Labs being taken over by this Universe's Anomaly's forces and then said flying, mobile STAR Labs crashing to the ground, allowing the Anomaly from our Universe to get free....... which is odd because yeah, Elinore Stone used him to get Cyborg over to this world, but once he originally got there and saw the destruction that his world takeover would cause, it seemed like he had turned a new leaf......... but no, he had sent out the signal that had attacted his doppelganger's forces to take down STAR Labs to facilitate his escape........ Goddamn, just that explanation alone tired me out and we haven't even gotten to the strange, confusing shit yet.

So while the Anomaly of this world is coming face to face with the Anomaly of our world and deciding that two heads are better than one, Cyborg and Beast Boy head to the White House to confront the evil Cyborg and find the cure for the OTAC virus and save Exxy in the process.  This is when shit goes sideways.  It seems that this "red" Cyborg is not only the one we saw issues ago, while Cyborg was traveling through weird space when boom tubing, but he's also the big red robot monster we saw previously too........ while Cyborg was all weird boom tubing, which originally seemed like it was only going on in his mind, but this evil Cyborg knows our hero and is pissed because when our hero originally saw him, he cut his double's arm off.  So yeah, there's a grudge going on.... plus, this Cyborg hates our hero because he represents the human loving side that this version gave up on long ago, becoming the techno loving baddie that he is now.  Alright, if you're still with me, I'll go deeper down the rabbit hole, where Cyborg, using the information that the Blue of his mind has been giving him, starts messing with the physics and reality of this world because apparently........... this is only a digital world........ but is still real and one of many worlds created from lifeforms that have discovered the singularity for countless years.  Now, this Blue figure that keeps giving Cyborg cryptic advice seems to be one of the beings that started the digital universe...... or digiverse as he puts it and needs Cyborg to stop the OTAC virus because it threatens the rest of the worlds in the digiverse if it should ever get out and about..............Fuck.

In the end, Cyborg comes out of his digital trance and informs Beast Boy that the stakes are even higher than he ever imagined and how they have to find the cure to the OTAC virus, but wouldn't ya know it, the forces of evil have an ace up their sleeve and we see that the two Anomalies have Variant as their hostage and they plan on killing our heroes once they come to rescue her.

That's it for this issue of Cyborg and while I'm happy that it's pointed out that this world our hero is currently on isn't one of the Earths of the Multiverse, the explanation given about it actually makes less sense to me than before because we have beings that created a digital world, that forgot that they're living in a digital world, which has become reality for them......... and somehow it's a slightly different version of the world that the rest of our heroes actually live on......... I don't get it.  Yeah, I bitched about this world being another world in the Multiverse, which didn't make sense and that was disproved by just hanging out and waiting for an explanation, so maybe my complaint about this will be resolved too, but as of right now, it doesn't make sense to me and is overly goddamn confusing.  To make matters worse, we're told that this is a digital world, but because we have to keep tensions high it's described as a digital world that's also real, adding to the confusion.  So yeah, I'm not a fan of this issue or this arc and while I still enjoy the art in this book and think it's the only reason to be picking this series up still........... having the art be the sole reason to buy something is a lot to ask of someone and at this point, I don't know why someone would still be picking this book up.

Bits and Pieces:

To spice things up a bit, this series decided to take its already confusing concepts and go full bore with it, turning everything into just nonsense.  Yeah, it's doing something with Cyborg which I haven't seen before, but after reading this series since it began, it's something that I don't want to see Cyborg be about because it's just out there and doesn't make a lot of sense in the long run.  Really, the only positive thing about this book remains the art, which I still love here, but it's not enough to save this series.


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