Writer: John Semper Jr.
Artists: Will Conrad & Cliff Richards
Colors: Ivan Nunes
After a brief 8-bit hiatus, Cyborg is back in Detroit 6 months later. During that time, he was missing, Anomaly mutated the Rat King into…well a rat. A cybernetic, super strong, monstrous rat. Victor, who can now apparently make himself appear normal, tracks down Exxy to a rap concert. Big mistake, since Anomaly has thousands of rat eyes watching the city, and now Cyborg has been seen. Anomaly sends Ratattack to take down our mechanical Justice League member. But, with the help of Sarah, Cyborg is able to take down the Rat. Exxy and Cyborg walk off into the sunset, while contemplating how to take down Anomaly for good.
Okay, that rapping was painful to read. I get it’s a pg. book, but seriously, cringe-worthy lyrics. It was also really random. Exxy just goes from being a small time thief to a rapper with thousands of followers, all in six months? And what happened to the Black Narcissus? After re-reading the last couple issues it feels like the writers throw random words into a hat and choose two, then write about what every they get. “What did you get Steve?” “raping and rats” “okay let’s do it.” I think I wouldn’t be so weirded out by this book, if the last issue wasn’t also very random. Some unknown force took Cyborg to an 8-bit world, where he faced an old friend-turned-evil guy? A guy, who found another dimension with an 8-bit handheld console?? Like what is going on in that writing room???
Cyborg is more of a Team-B member of the Justice League, he easily gets over-shadowed by the other members. Unfortunately, he still seems to get over-shadowed even in his own book. Semper Jr. seems to be trying to make this book everything, and it’s leaving me dazed. There’s an underground street element, there’s a mystical over voice thing going on, and a final boss level we’ve been trying to get to, just a lot to take in. I think if Semper Jr. would just hyper-focus a bit more, this book could be a really good read. Until then I have to admit I’m just not fan. Anytime I find myself continuous checking to see what page I’m on to see if I’m close to done yet, I know the issue has lost me.
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Ariel DuPey | NCR