Cyborg is a character that’s been around since 1980. He became a member of the Teen Titans in the original continuity but in the New 52, he became a founding member of the Justice League. Since then, he’s played a big role on the team but never had the opportunity to fully venture out on his own adventures. That’s changing now.
The new series by David Walker, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, and Adriano Lucas explores the recent changes started in the CYBORG Sneak Peek issue. Victor Stone is headed back “home” and that allows us to see his roots explored more as the focus is placed on who is was and what he’s becoming. We’re used to seeing so many miraculous characters with extraordinary powers and abilities, it’s easy to forget the things that makes Cyborg a fascinating and unique character. From this first issue, it looks like there’s a few different things we’ll get to explore.
There may be some minor spoilers below.
The Detroit Corner of the DCU
We tend to see the same locations in the DC Universe. We know all about places like Gotham City, Metropolis, Central City, etc. There was a tie when a lot of time was spent in Detroit. It’s understandable that other areas have a bigger focus but it’s great to see a quieter section with its own environment be used. Getting a different locale for action in the DCU is welcomed.
Tense Relationship with His Father
Relationships between children and their parents can often be tricky. With the separation between ages, they don’t usually see eye to eye. With Silas Stone, it’s understandable that it’s simply in his nature to dive into his work and become oblivious to his surroundings. Yet despite everything Vic went through which caused him to become Cyborg, you would think his father would try to re-evaluate his priorities. With everything he’s seen and done since becoming Cyborg and with his position in the Justice League, it would seem his visiting would be kind of a big deal. He’s not just stopping by for something to eat. They’ve had a convoluted history before and after his first accident. Seeing this strained relationship explored is intriguing.
We've all seen and love the friendship Cyborg has formed with Shazam/Billy Batson. As fun as it would be to see explored further here, it's extremely important to allow Victor some time away from his Justice League teammates. His childhood friend Sarah knows him better than most other people. He needs to be able to talk to others that aren't part of the crazy and chaotic superhero world. There is also the potential for another character to become closer to Victor's inner circle in this issue. Although, I can't help but be a little suspicious that this other character might have some ulterior motives.
As seen in the image above and the previous one, Victor is more than just a machine. There is some humanity inside. He's had a tough life growing up with a father who basically ignored him. He's gone through some horrific moments in becoming part machine and has actually died. All the while during his JUSTICE LEAGUE adventures, we never really got to see him deal with everything. With even more changes happening, it's important for us to be able to see what he's going through and how he's handling it all. Seeing this bit of humanity just makes Cyborg more relatable to readers.
Part of the Problem
I'm a big fan of seeing some real-world elements integrated into the fiction of superhero comics. Cyborg is a miracle. He can do amazing things. His attachments are so technologically advanced that it blows away what the average person in need could have. Where this protest scene goes in upcoming issues remains to be seen. I just dig seeing it acknowledge that the slightest bit of technology the heroes have could make a huge difference for the average citizen if they only had access.
A Deadly Threat and Big Changes
If you read that Sneak Peek issue, you saw Cyborg go through a tough battle. There's more to come with these guys. There's also the changes Victor is going through. We'll need to see the affects of what happened to him and find out if there's any further repercussions.
CYBORG #1 is the comic Cyborg fans have been waiting for. David Walker has a great handle on who Victor is and who he can be. It may just be that the time wasn't right before but now it is time for Victor to shine in the spotlight. We need and want to see him fleshed out more (no pun intended). Ivan Reis and Joe Prado are killing it with the art and Adriano Lucas' colors adds to the detail in the scenes and the emotions of the characters. If you're a long time fan of Cyborg or are looking to find out more about him, be sure to check out this book.