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DC Comics
Review: Cyborg #16
By Philip Schweier

September 6, 2017 - 14:03

Publisher(s): DC Comics
Writer(s): John Semper Jr.
Penciller(s): Allan Jefferson, Will Conrad
Inker(s): Wayne Faucher, Will Conrad
Colourist(s): Ivan Nunes
Letterer(s): Rob Leigh
Cover Artist(s): Eric Canete, Guy Major; Carlos D’Anda

Answers have been slow in coming with this series, as various pieces of the narrative have seemed so utterly random that they make no sense whatsoever. However, this issue clarifies much of what has happened, going back as far as Cyborg #11. I think six issues is a long time to create a mystery with little to no advancement, and therein lie my concerns.


I’m not a professional comic book writer, so perhaps there are nuances to it I don’t understand. But I do understand the nature of being an end-user. So to create a significant plot point, and then reveal its meaning six months later, seems excessive. What do you think this is, Castle?


But I do not fault Semper’s ambitious storyline, which leads to a much grander scale. Imagine Hal Jordan being the Green Lantern of Earth, only to later discover the Guardians and the rest of the Green Lantern Corps. It’s that kind of scale in this issue, even if it is little more than a variant on the evil twin concept.


Artwork has been serviceable. Sure, that’s faint praise, but my expectations are low where Cyborg is concerned. But as the scope of the book grows, longtime artists such as Allan Jefferson and Will Conrad seem up to the challenge.


Rating: 4/10

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