Synopsis: Cyborg fights desperately to protect S.T.A.R. Labs from a new threat named Malware. The malicious Malware has been sent on a mission by some unforeseen foe to retrieve something incredibly important and dangerous. Though Cyborg is victorious, he is left reeling from revelations kept from his by his father.
In Review: Cyborg: Rebirth #1 finds our hero, Victor Stone a.k.a. Cyborg, in the familiar situation of fighting evil technology to defend mankind. While battle is brutal, the conflict is an elaborate smokescreen to test the limits of Cyborg’s abilities. A new villain, Father, has emerged, and he knows everything about Victor’s past. Father desires to steal the source code that helped save Victor’s life and turned him into Cyborg. In addition, Victor has stumbled upon his own father’s greatest secret: did he save his son or create a facsimile?
Instead of giving us the origin of Cyborg solely from the protagonist’s point of view, John Semper Jr. tells the origin through the eyes of his Victor’s parents. This is a nice departure from the standard story that has been told multiple times. Cyborg’s relationship with his father has always been distant, but this distance is explored with more depth and time. The story benefits from this tactic.
Paul Pelletier does some really expressive tight shots that highlight the character’s emotions. However, some visual details become a bit muddled in the action sequences. Certain depictions of Malware are hard to focus on, and it has a tendency to take the reader out of the story.
Cyborg works great as a member of the Justice League, but it can be difficult to write for the character in a solo book. Although Cyborg: Rebirth #1 is a bit choppy at times, the first issue seems like a solid beginning for the titular character.