Title: Cyborg (2016-) #23
Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artist/Cover: Dale Eaglesham
Publication Date: June 6, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “With a covert spy leading Cyborg and his Giant Robots away from their secure base, the formerly secret location of Chikushu Island is revealed and the Dojo is attacked and destroyed. The only hope Cyborg has to regenerate his downed Giant Robots will also rob him of his own powers…which is exactly what Mekkan-X intends.”
Cyborg finds himself in tight situation as the source of his power is at the crux of the issue. Without his power source Cyborg will die, but holding onto the small box may prove more difficult than he believes. And not using it to bring the Giant Robots back to life may have dyer consequences for him, the island, and the world. What is Cyborg to do?
The issue starts with a nightmare where Cyborgs is trapped while a group of STAR Lab scientists, including his father, remove his power source. These first few panels set the stage for the rest of the issue. As Cyborg tries to find answers to questions posed in his nightmare, he is met with red tape from competing secret labs, Tektown and STAR Labs. On top of all the secret lab problems, and the evil villain bent on destroying him, Cyborg’s father is also acting strangely, leading readers to question how much of Cyborg’s nightmare was a dream or a prophecy. The issue does slow down for a few pages in the middle, however, it quickly picks back up for the end. What Wolfman is able to do is introduce several problems within this issue, leaving room to develop them in future issues. Dale Eaglesham’s artwork is amazing throughout. His work seamlessly transitions between the various settings in this issue. The art is clean and detailed, and the colors compliment Wolfman’s writing, particularly in the final fight scene in the issue.
Wolfman shows off his storytelling skills in this issue, building on each of Cyborg’s actions until the last few pages. Complementing Wolfman’s story is Eaglesham’s artwork, full of vibrant colors and crisp images. The issue definitely leaves the reader excited for what’s to come.
The Bottom Line:
The issue is a good read, even if it is a bit slow at times. What Wolfman ultimately accomplishes is the perfect catch-22 where none of Cyborg’s options lead to a quick resolution. He also creates smaller plot points that will become more significant in future issues, rounding out the immediate action with the foreshadowing of future, more complex, conflicts.