Written by Morgan Hampton
Art by Tom Raney
Colors by Michael Ativew
Letters by Rob Leigh
The Rundown: Cyborg returns to his hometown of Detroit and is met by devastating news.
The story opens in Detroit with Cyborg thwarting Mammoth and Giz’s robbery of two children. In the middle of the conflict, Cyborg receives multiple contact requests from a close friend. Afterwards, he returns to S.T.A.R. Labs and is given surprising news by Sarah Charles. Cyborg then promises to attend an event in honor of his father.
Later, TV correspondent Estelle Greene tells the people of Detroit about Cyborg’s sudden reappearance. She then introduces Markus Wilcox to her audience, a man potential responsible for the city’s widespread gentrification.
One week later, Victor meets with Dr. Sutton and relates the events at a funeral. He then visits his old home and after reminiscing about his childhood, he comes face to face with someone unexpected.
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.