Comic Book Review: Cyborg #23
Victor is used to finding himself in predicaments where someone wants something from him, but this one changes things when there are two interested parties and neither of their motives have been figured out. I mean enemy he definitely hasn’t figured out yet, and then there’s the other which can’t be fully trusted. It’s a tough world for Victor when everywhere he turns there are those who seek weapons or tech for their own benefit.
From the start of this issue, there was a lot that was not as it seemed. The game of mystery at this point I would say is a bit risky, but the build-up to actual answers for the most part they have nailed down. With so much going on in Victor’s head, and few straight answers aside from being told what he wants to hear, you can’t exactly pin down what to believe that we are seeing. The only thing that we know is real, is the troubles Victor is having in terms o f trusting his dad. How do you feel at this point in time when your dad is still hiding things from you? And to that point where he is going to great lengths to avoid contact. How they addressed that was great, especially since they were cutting down one more thing that was pulling us in one too many directions at he same time.
Without anything too direct, you could at the very least appreciate the depth given to these two groups of scientists who get nowhere because they can’t agree on how their tech should be used.
While other things do not come with much clarity, the story of Nijiro Jin does. This storyline has held my attention most because there was something to understand and look forward to. There was the understanding of why this man is so obsessed with having what powers Cyborg, what drives him to have replaced most of his human parts with mechanical parts. What we look forward to is what happens when he finally decides its time to go after Cyborg’s power source, and what lengths he is willing to go when that is the only way he will live longer. So far N-Jin has been a great contrast to Cyborg, to see what happens when you embrace that lack of humanity. Where Cyborg questions the difference between what is human and machine, N-Jin simply sees the flesh as weakness and something to eventually do away with altogether.
Now Cyborg’s confrontation with Nijiro was interesting for the fact that I would think he wouldn’t have had much of a problem in combat at this point. There’s recovery and the element of surprise to take into account, however I do find it hard to feel convinced that one as advanced as him struggles so easily against bigger robots or one that does not seem all too superior from an exterior point of view.
The artwork on the other hand has been consistently impressive. There was nothing to expect from Tom Derenick and Wil Quintana that they don’t usually deliver. Derenick nails the intensity of this chapter through action and tensions running high between all involved parties, direct and indirect. A book like Cyborg only benefits from having artists who are detailed and never skip a beat. This is pretty much what you picture when you imagine a skirmish involving many with robots and suits. They pack a punch, they smash, and they hold nothing back.
Cyborg #23 had a rocky start, but it was only when something genuinely began to unfold that this story has been able to pick up. There has been too much runaround, and too little action. No one has to come to blows, but something always needs to happen in some way. That is what this arc has been lacking, and now has made up for as Cyborg finds himself faced with an enemy driven to survive at all costs.