Cyborg

Previously in CYBORG #11, Victor was confined to a chamber as scientists scanned and analyzed his cybernetic body. It was a necessary precaution since after a group of technological aliens invaded Earth with Cyborg in their sights. The invasion resulted in a substantial upgrade for Vic, which he did not fully understand. During his confinement in the chamber, Cyborg was able to practice some heroism when he linked to the internet and solved a crisis that involved several connected incidents, including a hijacked plane and warehouse fires.

READ: Want to catch up? Go back and read our review of CYBORG #11!

CYBORG #12 begins with Vic still in the chamber. There are a few minutes left before he can be released, so he patiently awaits his freedom. Security cameras catch his attention and he links in to find a brother and sister, Parker and Autumn, trying to escape S.T.A.R. Labs with a device. In a timely manner, Cyborg is finally allowed out of the chamber and attempts to apprehend the super-powered duo when they are about to flee the facility.

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Marv Wolfman decides to shy away from any conflict involving Cyborg’s alien-tech upgrade in this issue. Normally, I would like to see some discussion of an issue that’s been hanging over the whole series. The upgrade plot doesn’t necessarily need to be solved in this issue, but I would like to see it involved more. With that said, Wolfman still does a great job constructing a full story within the limitations of a single issue. Many story arcs span over several issues, but the writer is able to compile a story with a beginning, middle, and end, making for a very satisfying read.

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The characterization is wonderfully done, especially for an issue that introduces two new characters. Off the bat, Cyborg believes that the siblings are villains. The evidence seems clear with their morphing abilities and the fact that they are stealing a device from S.T.A.R. Labs. This perception becomes muddled when time reveals that the siblings are dying as a result of the powers and need the device—which created by their father—to survive.

The conflict with the siblings shows Cyborg’s moral complications that come with being a superhero. He wants to help these two but at the same time stop others from being hurt at their hands. Over the course of the issue, he both fights them and tries to cure them.

Though this series focuses on Cyborg, Felipe Watanabe’s depictions of the twins shine in this issue. Parker and Autumn are very reminiscent of the Green Lanterns, not just for their suits, but in their abilities to morph. The transformation of their bodies, especially arms, resembles the constructs created by the Green Lantern’s power ring.

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CYBORG #12 is a pleasant issue to read, with a short and sweet storyline. It offers two complex villains who have a touching backstory, with some story elements that could potentially evolve into more storylines. But if the story it doesn’t continue with DC Rebirth underway, we will just have to get our fill of Cyborg in the Justice League books.

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