CY­BORG The Man Ma­chine

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

re­leased OUT NOW! Pub­lisher dC Comics

Writer david F Walker

Artists Ivan reis, Joe Prado

DC re­ally want you to like Vic­tor Stone, aka Cy­borg. They’ve been up­ping this peren­nial sup­port­ing char­ac­ter’s im­por­tance ever since he be­came a full Jus­tice League mem­ber in 2011, and with a fully-fledged Cy­borg block­buster pen­cilled in for 2020 as part of DC’s am­bi­tious movie plans, it wasn’t go­ing to be long be­fore he fi­nally got his own monthly se­ries.

The re­sult, in th­ese first three is­sues, is an en­gag­ing and tra­di­tional su­per­hero saga that puts full em­pha­sis on Vic­tor’s strug­gle to deal with the tech­nol­ogy grafted onto his body. Hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced an un­ex­pected trans­for­ma­tion fol­low­ing the theft of some of his cy­ber­net­ics, he’s show­cas­ing new abil­i­ties – but his tech was stolen to help fight a war in an­other uni­verse, a con­flict that soon en­gulfs his home city of Detroit…

Writer David F Walker in­tro­duces enough emo­tional depth to make this a com­pelling read, while also adding plenty of set­pieces and build­ing up a var­ied sup­port­ing cast. The sto­ry­telling isn’t ex­actly rev­o­lu­tion­ary, but the slick art from Ivan Reis and Joe Prado is ex­tremely well-ex­e­cuted. Cy­borg is well on its way to be­ing a like­able, old-school ad­di­tion to DC’s su­per­hero line-up. Saxon Bul­lock

David F Walker’s writ­ten a new novel star­ring blax­ploita­tion hero John Shaft: Shaft’s Re­venge – the first since 1975.

Our editor does this too.

But he’s very nice to his mother.

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