By Philip Schweier
December 6, 2017 - 15:55
I’d like to say Grevioux will do better, but I’m not so sure. In this story, Cyborg is in the Sudan, where meteorites have been falling with a peculiar regularity. Not just any meteorites – these are filled with a king’s ransom in precious metals. What Cyborg discovers is a brutal warlord who has in his possession a mystic rhinoceros horn. Like the Monkey’s Paw talisman of old, it will bestow three wishes upon whomever possesses it, but with a costly touch of irony. So when Victor Stone admits to sometimes wishing he were completely human again – Poof! – he’s human.
One might think that it is the cliff hanger on which this issue ends, but no. Vic’s transformation is surprisingly sedate as plot developments go. It just seems the cast – including Vic himself – just aren’t weirded out enough, in my opinion.
My other concern is the magical implication of the rhino horn. Sure, magic exists in the DCU, but I just don’t expect it to cross paths with a character of such advanced technology. Still, Semper stuck to the techno-thrills, and look where it got him. Kudos to Grevioux for going in the completely opposite direction.