Back when I
was a mild-mannered newspaperman, there was a reporter whose copy was so
horribly written, it bordered on masochism. Every time a new story came in,
there was a guilty pleasure in reading all the ham-fisted nuances, over-blown
hyperbole and veiled innuendo.
I wish Cyborg were that
As a whole, the title
started out okay, but then it stumbled. Then it got better. Then it stumbled again. Then it got a little better, only to stumble yet again. And now it’s in free-fall.
It’s like watching the old
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon.
Anomaly, Cyborg’s ongoing nemesis, has been creating one extraordinarily
exaggerated creature after another. Mutations, cyborgs, giant robots – you
know, nothing new.
The latest cast member to
the title that has included Variant, Black Narcissus and H8-Bit, is Ratattack.
Once the king of Detroit’s rat population, Rizzo Rattama has now been horribly
mutated by Anomaly into a Saturday morning cartoon reject.
As our story begins,
Cyborg is attempting to boom tube himself home, ending up six months later than
he left. His techno-helper, Exxy, has parlayed his “partnership” with Cyborg
into fame and fortune, and is now a rap star (because that’s what the kids
listen to these days). For a person to turn their recent affiliation with a super-hero into a rap career is far-fetched in my opinion. It leads me to believe that Semper has a very narrow scope through which he is viewing the residents of Detroit.
But Anomaly is still
around, waiting SIX FREAKIN’ MONTHS for Cyborg’s eventual return. And this
leads to a showdown at Exxy’s latest concert. Of course, the audience believes
it to just be part of the show, complicating Cyborg’s take down of Anomaly’s
Will Conrad’s artwork is serviceable, but hardly
outstanding. Or maybe it’s the addition of Cliff Richards that’s taken it down
a notch (or two). What I see on the page suggests the artist is aware of how
awful this book has become, but being the professional he is, he does the best
with what he’s been given, in the hopes of eventually finding work on another
book. Maybe at Marvel.