Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Cyborg #19 Review and *SPOILERS*

Be Careful What You Wish For

Written By Kevin Grevioux
Art By: Cliff Richards, Ivan Nunes, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 6, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Alright, our stint in the Digital Multiverse is over and Anomaly is finally out of the picture and because of that....... we get to move on to something new.  Don't go getting excited just yet though because even though this is something that I've wanted for Cyborg for a long time.  You have to be careful what you wish for.  With this being the first of the final three issues of Cyborg and no real continuity to deal with here to give me the need to catch you up........ Well, there isn't much to say, so let's jump into this issue and see what Kevin Grevioux has in store for us with his take on Cyborg.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins in Africa, where Cyborg and Sarah Charles are investigating a multiple meteor impact sight......... Which, I really don't know how they got there so fast for what it turns out to be, but ultimately they find that the meteors are full of gems and riches and what we discover is that out of nowhere, Cyborg has to struggle with whether he's man or machine.  Goddamn it!  I really thought that after we dealt with eighteen issues of that previously and Vic coming to the conclusion that he was indeed human that we wouldn't have to deal with that anymore in this series, but I guess I was wrong.  

The issue really begins when a mortar strike knocks Cyborg and Sarah back and we see a group of militants calling themselves the "Guardians of the United Republic" or GUR for short, go after the riches from the meteors, but after Cyborg pushes them back he finds a rhino's horn on the ground and when he picks it up, a Djinn informs him that with it he has three wishes.  With that, Vic immediately wishes he was human, but apparently, like a monkey's paw, these wishes have consequences and not only is Vic immediately shot in the head, but when he comes to and we find out that he was only grazed, he spends the rest of the issue with malaria.  

In the end, Vic, Sarah and doctor who helped them track down where GUR is camped so that Vic can just say that the kids are under his protection........ because apparently being human means that you instantly become dumb as shit and Vic is subdued and we find out that the General of GUR has been using the children to make wishes so that none of the misfortune falls on himself.  As our issue closes, Vic is laying on the ground as one of the children wishes to be free of the General's rule and with that, the General lets the kids run away, straight into a minefield, where Vic has to watch them die.

That's it for this issue of Cyborg and while I'm happy that we're adding some magic to Cyborg because it's out of the ordinary for this book....... and really, anything to do with Cyborg, the fact that we're still dealing with the whole "man or machine" aspect is infuriating because no matter what it seems that's always what we have to get with this character.  Besides for the cliche angle of the story, the way that Kevin Grevioux immediately makes Vic a dumb ass for thinking he can take on an army while being a sick human is ridiculous, especially since he had the option and talked about wishing to become Cyborg again.  I guess I got monkey pawed with this arc because I did wish for something different and now that I got it I realized that it's just a different story dealing with the same old shit that I hate.  The art was decent in this issue though, I just wish that we'd have some continuity between arcs and have a decently written Cyborg.

Bits and Pieces:

Even with a new writer and a new arc we're still dealing with Cyborg's only characteristic and that's him wondering if he's man or machine, but even with that, we get a new take on that old classic and get some decent art along the way.  I just wish we could do something different with this character while also having some continuity between arcs because goddamn, we just spent the last eighteen issues dealing with this.


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