Cyborg #6 and #7 from DC Comics -
The Justice League has fallen and the Earth is on the brink of total assimilation by a universe-hopping, alien threat called the Technosapiens. The Technosapiens are organic beings taken over by a parasite-like alien technology. They have decimated planets, ended entire universes in search of the missing link to perfect their hardware and software; they seek the savior whose song promises perfection. Cyborg is that savior. His alien tech calls to them, and to his horror, they will stop at nothing to assimilate him, body and soul. All that remains between them and total domination is Cyborg and his rag-tag resistance - group which includes the Metal Men, sans Will Magnus, who has already been absorbed by the Technosapiens. Struggling with his own identity, his connection to this alien threat, the frightening evolution of his tech, and his feeling of disconnection to his fellow humans, Cyborg risks everything to save his universe and his very soul.
David F. Walker has hit a great tone with this series. Cyborg is not really a superhero comic, it is a character study with huge elements of sci-fi and fantasy. Walker has approached this from a similar perspective as Bendis did in Ultimate Spider-Man, first we get to know the protagonist - his struggles, his fears, his pain, his life, his friends, his world - and then we watch it all bend, give and push back when super-powers are added to the mix. It's a slow burn, but it is very worth it. Even if it can be dramatic, or even slow at times, the reader gets to know Cyborg as a person and not just a superhero. This Cyborg is much more real than any iteration before it. He struggles with the lines blurred between man and machine, how the world perceives him, and how he perceives himself. He has to navigate and having an emotionally distant father, the grief of his mother's tragic demise, the loss of his own identity, loneliness, and his link to a universe-destroying, technology-based life-form. The kid has a lot on his plate. Walker scripts it all very well; however, there are a few hiccups, like the rushed feel of the end of the Technosapien story arc in issue #6. Overall, it is a really good Cyborg volume with stellar artwork and vibrant colors - it is a solid, engrossing offering from DC.
RATING: 8.5 out of 10
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