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Cyborg #1 (of 6)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 13 critic ratings.

When a family emergency brings Cyborg back home to Detroit, Victor Stone surprisingly finds himself enjoying his return to the simpler life-where everybody sees him for who he really is and always was, rather than as a larger-than-life superhero.

It’s been a while since Vic’s been able to lower his guard and seek a purpose outside of being Cyborg 24/7. But a lot has changed in Detroit while Victor’s been away. An aggressive new company is turning the Motor City into an overclocked engine for revolutionary artificial intelligence… and no one knows better than Cyborg that technological transformation always comes at a steep human price! Milestone Initiative writer Morgan Hampton (DC Power: A Celebration) joins forces with veteran star artist Tom Raney (Green Lantern, Uncanny X-Men) to give Cyborg the Dawn of DC epic he deserves!

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Kindle Edition
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24 pages
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English
Amazon ASIN
B0C2W2BZZ4

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13 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    COMICON

    DC Comics’ latest dawn continues as ‘Cyborg’ sees one of the most stalwart Titans take the spotlight once more in a deeply emotional and heavily-character-focused way. A series that balances that perfectly with some old-school superhero vibes mixed with heavily technological elements for a stellar debut issue.

  • 90

    AIPT

    Change is a constant. Whether it’s losing a job or getting a new one, breaking up with someone or entering into a new relationship, there’s no avoiding it. The question remains: what do you do when change forces its way into your life? That’s the question Victor Stone has to answer in Cyborg #1. Not only does Cyborg have to juggle bigger responsibilities as the Titans are now the world’s premiere superhero team, he also must acclimate to a new life in Detroit. Then an unexpected tragedy strikes, forcing him to look back at his life and the events that shaped him into the man he is.

    (…)

    Cyborg #1 finally gives the Teen Titans’ tech powerhouse some much-needed dimension, as he deals with a life-changing event. In my opinion, you should definitely read this comic and Titans #1 back to back – they’re a great example of how to push characters in new directions and a great mission statement for the Dawn of DC.

  • 85

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: The first issue of this limited series does a good job with setting up the plot point and characters of the story-arc. This tale is filled with promise, and it will be nice to see Cyborg navigating the world solo from his Titans companions. Themes involving father-son conflict and gentrification make their mark early on, and I look forward to how Cyborg deals with both his neighborhood and familial battles. Overall, I though this chapter was a solid start and I’m very interested to find out what happens next.

    The Art: The artwork in this issue is impressive. The creative team place a large amount of emphasis on details in both fore and background visuals. The drawings are realistic, and it was nice to see such care taken with hair texture and facial features that clearly distinguish the different characters other than by use of costume design.

  • 85

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Cyborg #1 gives us some great moments of Cyborg in action, as well as some great dramatic moments too. The book lets Cyborg shine, and even though I feel the art hinders the story rather than reinforces it, the book proves why Victor Stone is one of the more interesting and unique characters in the DC Universe.

  • 85

    Geek Dad

    We got a preview of Morgan Hampton’s more psychologically-driven take on Cyborg in the DC Power special, and he carries many of those themes over into Cyborg’s newest solo series. Ever since DC decided to try to make him an A-lister in the New 52, the character has had trouble finding an anchor, with most solo runs just miring him in killer-robot stories. This one, instead, grounds him in the city he came from—Detroit. He’s back in town, fighting off old enemies, and winning hearts and minds—but not everyone, as one contentious vlogger seems determined to remind everyone of how many times Cyborg abandoned the city, in between railing against a new tech guru. But Cyborg doesn’t have time to reflect on this, because he quickly gets devastating news—his estranged father, Silas, passed on of a heart attack alone in his office, and suddenly, all of Vic’s trauma comes rushing back.

    Aside from the beginning and end, there is relatively little action in this issue. I don’t know if that’s a great decision sales-wise, but it definitely works out creatively. This gives us the chance to see Victor bare his soul with his ex Sarah Charles, with his therapist, and through his internal monologue as he tries to sort out his complex relationship with his father. There are some great cameos from other DC figures, and Hampton tries to square the character’s complex continuity after so many reboots. But this issue is a little slow—until the end, as Cyborg returns to his childhood home only to be pursued by an advanced robot that is all the eerier for just how slow-paced it is and how undeterred it is. There’s a great last-page reveal that sets up the main concept of the series, and I’m thinking this could finally be the successful solo run Victor Stone has needed for some time.

  • 85

    Lyles Movie Files

    Cyborg has been a character DC has tried a few earned times to make a breakout solo star. The last effort around the start of DC Rebirth was commendable but suffered from the same issue as most Cyborg titles — they make Vic Stone too much of a sad sack hero who’s constantly whining about his daddy issues instead of having fun with his awesome powers. Sure there’s some pathos with the character but dwelling on it for too long tends to make him a boring character.

    This latest attempt from writer Morgan Hampton doesn’t ignore Vic’s resentment towards his father but doesn’t spend the entire issue focusing on them either. And there’s a legit storyline reason for rehashing information that longtime Cyborg fans could repeat in their sleep regarding his backstory.

    (…)

    Veteran artist Tom Raney provides some reliable, quality artwork. Raney gets the important elements down in drawing Black characters from hair texture to facial structure. It’s solid work and Randy’s typical stellar storytelling sense should provide necessary consistency visually — an issue that’s plagued other Cyborg titles.

    Colorist Michael Atiyeh utilizes the right blend of bright colors to pair smoothly with Randy’s art while letterer Rob Leigh works in unique fonts for various characters and appropriate emphasis on certain lines.

    Cyborg has also been villain challenged so Hampton wisely brought in some familiar punching bags while establishing a potential main threat.

    Cyborg titles don’t usually have a lengthy shelf life, but Hampton, Raney and the rest of the creative team appear to have enough fresh ideas to make this run worth checking out.

  • 82

    Comic Watch

    For the first time since the DC Rebirth era, Cyborg returns to the pages of a solo title under the creative team of Morgan Hampton in her first regular foray into the DCU.

    The issue starts with an action sequence of Victor deftly handling Mammoth and Gizmo, two members of the classic Teen Titan/Titan villains the Fearsome Five. Cyborg easily and adeptly handles the two as a crowd of spectators watches (if not too close to the action taking place for their safety). After dispersing the pair, Victor receives terrible news: his father, Silas Stone, has died.

    Once the scene moves to S.T.A.R. Labs, where Silas’ work partner is filling Victor in on the known events surrounding his father’s passing, the pacing of the story slows dramatically as the two discuss Victor’s strained relationship with his father, which has been a consistent theme since Cyborg was first introduced in Marv Wolfman and George Perez’s The New Teen Titans. The focus then cuts to a talking head who is not a fan of Cyborg and is making her opinions known. The discussion on the show then turns to Markus Wilcox, a roboticist turned techie whose company is setting up in Detroit.

    As a first issue, the story starts strong and then gets bogged down in exposition at the halfway mark, which takes the energy from the opening fight and drains it. True, the basis for the story arc is being set up, but it drags the story’s pacing to a crawl and causes the cliffhanger to lose some of its impact. Victor’s updated design and tracksuit are a welcome change from Cyborg’s usual appearance of just his cybernetic body. Raney’s art mostly looks good, although it is looser than his typical style. There are a few panels of VIctor’s head where the perspective seems a little off and wonky, but for the most part, the art works with the story being told and Cyborg’s character.

    Aside from a few nitpicks, like why Nightwing and Flash are wearing their masks at the funeral but no gloves and that the conflict between Victor and his father is somewhat a played-ou theme in Cyborg’s history, there is potential for this new series to be successful and a place for a Cyborg series in the Dawn of DC era.

    Overall, the first issue of the series has promise even though there are few action sequences and a lot of exposition and setup for the first story arc. Having a Cyborg solo title in the past has been a tough sell as the character tends to work best as a team member, be it the Justice League or The Titans. If the new series is going to be successful this time around then the creative team will need to tighten things up and provide readers with more buy-in than just Victor’s relationship with his father, which seems to be the default direction this current series is taking even with the slight twist that is part of the issue’s cliffhanger.

  • 80

    ComicBook.com

    I feel like I couldn’t properly comment on this new Cyborg series without raining praise upon the nice collection of covers. Each one is pretty impressive, and a reader wouldn’t be disappointed with any of them. As for the actual story, it does a good job of summarizing everything fans love about Cyborg. It’s set in Detroit, we have some family drama, Cyborg has an updated look, and our threat is something Cyborg is well positioned to deal with. You also have to appreciate the twist at the end.

  • 80

    But Why Tho?

    Cyborg #1 is powered by an incredible story. The plot is driven by one massive inciting incident, something that shatters the story of Cyborg and will change this series massively. Hampton’s put Victor Stone in a position where he’s never been, and that unchartered territory is exciting. But it should be said that there are multiple mistakes on both the writing and art side that stop this book from being impeccable.

  • 70

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Cyborg #1 is a thoughtful, emotionally weighty jumping-on point for new readers to get acquainted with Victor Stone. The issue gives you everything you need to know about Cyborg’s troubled past and sets up an interesting mystery for the arc to come. That said, readers looking for Cyborg superhero action will find very little action of any kind, the story is almost all setup we’ve already seen before (and done better), and the art is serviceable but not appealing.

  • 70

    Multiversity Comics

    Victor Stone’s relationship with his father Silas is often fraught with conflict, albeit not to the point of physical confrontation most of the time. That relationship is at the forefront in Morgan Hampton’s writing, and seems to set the stage for this new “Cyborg” series as a whole. While Hampton does delve into some superhero combat with two Teen Titans villains, the majority of the writing seems to focus on the emotional impact of Cyborg’s father, keeping in mind his place in the Detroit community due to his lack of a secret identity. As such, this debut shows that Hampton is focusing on a likely more emotional story than the usual physical combat of superheroes.

    Tom Raney’s artwork is somewhat stylized, especially when it comes to organic characters. The linework is a bit thick, enhancing facial expressions as is common in Raney’s work, but perhaps a bit more noticeably than usual. The norm is lain in contrast to the illustration of mechanical parts, which seem all the more inhuman by their thinner, more precise design, seemingly devoid of genuine emotion and thereby more uncanny and more disturbing.

    Michael Atiyeh’s colors are, as ever, on point. His use of hues adds definite emotion to the scenes, making them livelier and more engaging. The colors are bright, though darker where tonally appropriate, helping the shocking scenes feel that much more so.

    A possibly atypical approach to a superhero’s new ongoing nonetheless remains intriguing.

  • 70

    ComicsOnline

    Cyborg #1 offers a great introduction to Victor Stone, his adventures with the Justice League and Teen Titans, as well as his complicated family history. Fans of the Teen Titans cartoon will be rewarded in the opening pages as Vic has to deal with a rather random attack from Gizmo and Mammoth in his hometown. Now that his presence is known across the city, Cyborg must deal with the physical and emotional fallout from the passing of his father Silas Stone. While working through his anger issues (and dressed in a stylish jumpsuit a la the Doom Patrol television series), Vic encounters Markus Wilcox, a tech wizard and founder of a company called Solace. Silas apparently had been quite supportive of Markus over the years and attempted to pay his respects to his son. To no surprise, Victor wants nothing to do with his father’s former partner, but all that might change when a random robot makes a grand entrance at the Stone household. What secrets does this mechanical being hold, and why is it searching for Cyborg?

    From a storytelling perspective, I enjoyed how the passage of time was handled in this first issue. The story moved seamlessly between settings, allowing for readers to keep up with the various plot threads being introduced in this opening chapter. Atiyeh’s coloring worked particularly well for Cyborg’s story, adding layers to the characters and new settings. As much as I enjoyed getting new Cyborg-centric content, the art (and facial expressions in particular) felt inconsistent. There were times where everyone and their environments looked amazing, but other times were a bit too distracting. Despite this note, this is a minor comment on an overly enjoyable story.

    With the surprising cliffhanger at the end of the issue, readers will have a lot to look forward to with future installments in the six issue series.

  • 60

    Comic Bastards

    Even after saying all this, Cyborg #1 isn’t a bad comic book, just uninspired. It’s average at best and considering it’s the first issue launching a new line and status quo at DC Comics, it should be something to be excited about. Instead, reading it feels like we’re all just going through the motions. Perhaps if they build Victor a decent supporting cast to elevate him to a main character role and give him some villains that are worthy of terrorizing Detroit, it might improve. Based on this first issue, though, it’ll probably end up generic and dull.

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