Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Cyborg #21 Review

Does Not Compute

Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artist: Tom Derenick, Scott Kolins, Wil Quintana and Rob Leigh
Release Date: April 4, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99

Cyborg has had a rough time with it and not just lately.  His book has been a mess in the couple different versions and changing creative teams never seem to be the solution. DC must disagree and are going back to the character's creator, Marv  Wolfman, to try to right the ship.  Unfortunately, this is the same thing they did at the end of the New 52 and I don't care what Manship tells us all in the comments below, the results were not good!  However, hope springs eternal and maybe Wolfman can get the character back on track.  Let's find out if he does...

The issue starts off with a cold open in Hawaii that made me a bit sad and then quickly throws a bunch of things at you including Cyborg.  It's a real jumbled up scene with names being thrown about, word bubbles that are hard to distinguish and two armies of mechs fighting each other.  Cyborg may not save the day, but he breaks up the fight (after himself being blasted) and takes a downed mech back to his home base.

We finally get a bit of setup for why Cyborg's in Hawaii and see that the bad guy has eyes for him and his tech.  That's when we get another mech attack and boy, things get confusing really fast.  I went from thinking the bad guys had him, then maybe the good guys before realizing I was right the first time.  The issue ends with the Bad Guys finding out the secret they were looking for and Cyborg getting grabbed by an Iron Giant of sorts.

This issue was just awful.  Little to no setup of story or villains and just Cyborg flying around, talking to people and getting captured.  I really try my hardest to write a review that spells out what I like and don't like in an issue, but besides good art by Tom Derenick and Scott Kolins, there is nothing at all to like here.  DC should have kept Cyborg on the shelf for something better.

Bits and Pieces:

This is a convoluted and almost unreadable pile of garbage.  Besides a good effort by the art team, there is no reason at all to pick this up, let alone waste any time reading it.  Marv Wolfman once again proves that some things should be left alone, even by their creators.


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