CYBORG REBIRTH #1 – Review
Writer: John Semper Jr.
Penciller: Paul Pelletier
Inkers: Sandra Hope and Tony Kordos
Colorist: Guy Major
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Cover: Will Conrad and Ivan Nunes
Publisher: DC Comics
The great Joss Whedon coined the term, “The Zeppo.” Every great team has a Zeppo Marx. Every great band has a Tito Jackson. I hate to say it, but Cyborg fills that role for the Justice League. He’s “the other guy” on a team of rock stars. However, since he’s on Warners Bros schedule for an upcoming movie (altough word on the street is that it’s been cancelled in favor of a full on Teen Titans movie) DC is doing everything in their power since 2011 to make Cyborg “happen.” Rebirth is a perfect opportunity to attract new readers, and Rebirth titles have been REALLY good. So how does Cyborg fair with the relaunch of his new series?
“The Imitation of Life: Prologue” has Cyborg protecting S.T.A.R. Labs from being broken into by some walking techno virus that calls itself Malware. What does Malware want? Who sent him? When Cyborg finds out what Malware wants…will he be ready for the answer?
If you’ve never heard of Cyborg, this issue completely gets you up to speed. For those vaguely familiar, consider this is your refresher course. I completely missed out on the last series (judging by sales I’m not alone), but since this is a brand new creative team it doesn’t seem like it matters.
The issue itself is pretty standard fair. Superhero fights a super-villain, peppered with flashbacks to familiarize new readers. One of my many criticisms of Cyborg is the lack of a rogues gallery, and even though Malware is no Dr Doom, at least it’s a start. The issue also plants seeds for future story-lines, and deals with obvious themes like the ghost in the machine concept. In fact, one of the spoilers in the issue actually leans more towards this trope, so we’ll see if this adds any layers to Victor Stone in the future. The twist ending is actually big enough to ripple through the entire New 52 if DC editorial chose to, or it be resolved in two issues. The answer could just boil down to how invested is DC with Cyborg.
As far as #1 Rebirth issues go, even though this one didn’t blow me away,it was still an entertaining read. It does however makes me feel like DC is no longer giving Cyborg the push they gave him last year, which further makes me believe his solo movie is cancelled. I’ll stick with it a little further, mainly because not only because it’s a POC character with a POC writer, but he’s also a digital hero in a new digital age. Cyborg has potential for great stories, so we’ll just have to see it this creative team can “crack the code” on Cyborg.