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Cyborg #1

Writer: John Semper Jr. Artist: Will Conrad Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 21, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 11
7.1Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

"THE IMITATION OF LIFE" part one! Cyborg is thrown into conflict with every robotic threat to the DC Universe as a brand new era begins for Victor Stone, courtesy of writer John Semper Jr. (Spider-Man: The Animated Series) and artist Will Conrad (Angel & Faith)!

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Sep 21, 2016

    Cyborg hasn't been this interesting in ages and Cyborg #1 does a fine job in getting at the core of what makes him human. The character is well written, there's action, and there's also a deep sense of self discovery at play here. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comicsverse - Olivia Innamorato Sep 23, 2016

    Another big problemin CYBORG #1 is that the main villain feels like an afterthought. Kilg%re is introduced inthe beginning, and by the time he reappeared at the end I'd already forgotten about him. At this point, I'm more excited for Vic's showdown with his father. Hopefully the next installmentwill give us more clues as to what Vic is actually up against. Overall, this issue provides a lot of great characterization for Cyborg, but it doesn't reveal enough about the villain to keep the reader invested. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Mexi Gremillion Sep 21, 2016

    Overall, Imitation of Life Part One: Awakening! is a good read. Some things are a bit on the nose at times, but the writing is well done. There are a lot of questions that come with Victors existence and its interesting to see Cyborg spiral into an existential crisis. Id say the lettering is honestly worth it, since its the most imagination Ive seen in lettering in a while. Its definitely a series thats started off on the right foot, and Im excited to see where it goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Sep 21, 2016

    It is safe to say that there is potential after finishing Cyborg #1. From here it just needs to keep moving forward because that is what we need most from this character who doesn't always get this kind of chance for exposure. Steps forward, not back. And hopefully not forget the things that did change drastically about him that shouldn't completely change with a new creative team. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Adam Frey Sep 21, 2016

    Now, this is a book that's actually got personality. Oh, DC's other books do to, but Cyborg has hit that sweet spot that carries a number of themes without being dominated by any of them. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Robert Reed Sep 26, 2016

    Readers who missed out on the Rebirth issue may be miffed by the lack of action here, but Cyborg #1 is largely about the anxiety Victor feels surrounding his own identity. His father's fears that Victor may be a machine simply replicating a man has shaken him, and his journey to rediscover his own soul makes for a touching read. That human journey is what makes Cyborg #1 such an engaging read. Between John Semper's dialogue and the art by Paul Pelletier, the layered nature of the characters gives the issue some depth that the previous chapter lacked. And with a stellar opening sequence and a strong teaser at the end, Cyborg #1 promises readers that like more action in their superhero books won't be dissatisfied for long. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 21, 2016

    The only concern from this issue is the hope that Semper doesn't get too focused on having Cyborg battle mechanical/robotic type opponents. There's enough potential metallic adversaries for Cyborg to fight to last for two to three years, but that shouldn't be the basis of his still under construction rogue gallery. Still, I liked what I read here and was an encouraging sign going forward. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Leroy Dee Sep 23, 2016

    Will people give solo Cyborg a chance? Only time (and Diamond sales) will tell, but I can say I'm bought in. He's a digital hero in a digital age. Most importantly, he's a black digital hero in a digital age. There's actually a lot of potential both in the character and the story, and so far it's off to a strong start Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Sep 21, 2016

    While we're diving back into a story that's dealing with Cyborg trying to find his humanity, this presentation of it seems to work better for me than previous tries because not only is it full of heart, it's full of humor as well and you need that to balance out an issue, especially when there's not a lot going on in it.  I loved the art in this book and can't wait to see more, I just hope that Cyborg gets to stop moping around soon. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Sep 22, 2016

    Semper's dialogue is snappy, though a little overwrought at points. Paul Pelletier's art is open and expressive, selling the internal conflict that Cyborg deals with in just about any interaction he has. The supporting cast is starting to get fleshed out as well and this stands as an intriguing start to the latest adventures of Victor Stone. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The GCRN - Daniel Clark Oct 7, 2016

    As someone who has never been super interested in the character of Cyborg this concept is helping me slowly get over that barrier. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Sep 21, 2016

    “The Imitation of Life, Part 1” was an interesting read because it showed us a hero who's unsure of himself. Victor is probably the only hero on the Justice League that's not sure of himselfbecause of who he is — half man and half machine. These pages show a man that's at odds with himself constantly because he doesn't know exactly what he is, and the big reveal about his Dad's recording last issue doesn't exactly make him feel better either. I hope that Semper keeps up this story of Cyborg trying to gain some identity of his human self while trying to still be a hero — and I'm also eager to see if he'll eventually confront Dr. Stone about that recording he made as well! Definitely check out Cyborg! It's worth the read! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GWW - Comicbooknostalgia Oct 2, 2016

    Overall the issue was enjoyable and a nice addition to the DC Rebirth slate of books and a strong kickoff to the series. I am hopeful the series continues to hit the same high notes that this issue managed to ring in future issues of both the Rebirth mini-series and the upcoming regular title. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Allen Wiggs Sep 21, 2016

    My only complaints with the story are the over explanation bits, while understandable are still clunky as ever. I also worry that every villain Cyborg will face will be equally cybernetic or robotic, I hope that isn't a trend. But as a whole, this book had some heart and helped give me a better understanding of who Cyborg really is. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Sep 21, 2016

    It's just ok overall. Cyborg should be a top-tier DC comic, but it feels like it's being relegated to a second tier one. The story isn't anything new or interesting. The scenes that should really connect usually have jokes that fall flat or dialogue that feels like it's written by someone who thinks this is how young kids speak. There's something to having Cyborg figure out if he's man or machine, but this just isn't it. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Sep 21, 2016

    Overall,Cyborg #1is a pretty mediocre comic, but there's something weirdly charming about it. I can't bring myself to hate it in the same why I hate something likeCivil War II. It's got an hilarious “so bad it's good” type quality that made me slightly enjoy it despite the flaws. I heard a lot of people react positively to the Rebirth special, and if you're in that camp then feel free to ignore this review. If you liked that you'll probably love this. If you, like me, were shaky on the Rebirth issue, then you can likely skip this as not much has improved. The most I can say is the issue is weirdly charming in areas so I do have hopes it can improve. It's just too frustratingly clunky right now for me to properly invest in it. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Aaron Reese Sep 27, 2016

    It’s unclear if writer John Semper Jr was trying to divide time evenly between Victor’s life fighting crime as Cyborg and trying to be a normal young man. Or maybe he wanted to tell an intimate story in the first issue and decided later that it needed some action. Whatever the case, this issue was an unbalanced introduction to the series. A quick once over on the blatantly unsophisticated dialogue would have gone a long way to improving the overall first impression. Instead we have to wait until next month to see if Cyborg will get a comic worthy of his presence. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Sep 22, 2016

    For existing fans, there might be a lot here to love, but as a debut and a potential jump-on point, it’s the kind of issue that would get weeded out during pilot season. There’s undoubtedly some interesting concepts here, some that might even pay out over the course of a full arc. Although as the second issue since “Rebirth" there simply isn’t anything comic book audiences haven’t seen before. Those with only a passing knowledge of Cyborg’s origin will get little more that that in this nominal debut, except for the promise of a big ol’ robot fight in the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 21, 2016

    Any hope that Cyborg Rebirth #1 was a poor indicator of what to expect from the main series has been dashed. This new series bucks the familiar DC Rebirth trend by aiming darker instead of lighter, and it suffers as a result. The series needs an infusion of fun and a less heavy-handed approach to scripting if it's going to do justice to the character. Read Full Review

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