"Victor Stone has been a superhero for a long time, but this week marks the release of Cyborg #1, the debut of the former Teen Titans and current Justice League member's first-ever solo ongoing comic book series. Created by writer David Walker (writer of the recent Shaft comic book) with art by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado (Justice League, Green Lantern), the new series will focus on the man behind the machine. Cyborg is getting his own big Warner Bros. movie in 2020, but here's why you should read his solo comic book story first.
You Only Think You Know Cyborg
Victor Stone has been around in one form or another for some 35 years, meaning Walker had a lot of material to pull from—but also a lot to condense. "There are people who know him from video games, and then there are those who know him from the current Justice League comic series," Walker says. "It was a case of ‘I need to take all these incarnations and put them into one character, and then explore who that person is. Really get into what his life would look like, outside of the team.' Everyone knows Cyborg, but they all know him from being on a team—that's great when it's a team book, but there's a lot more to creating the world of a solo character. Who is this guy and what makes him tick?"
Cyborg Isn't Like Any Other Superhero
"One of the things that drives the decisions I make is that Vic is one of the few characters in the DC universe who doesn't have an alter ego," Walker explains. "Superman has Clark Kent, Batman has Bruce Wayne, Green Lantern can be Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner, or someone else—they have these secret identities and personas that Vic simply doesn't have." It's not just that Vic spends all his time as Cyborg, Walker says, but that he literally doesn't have a choice. "If you want to get technical about it, Cyborg isn't his persona, Cyborg is his disability—the machinery and technology that keeps him alive after this terrible accident has happened to this kid."
Cyborg Is the Existential Technological Sci-Fi Comic Book You've Been Waiting For…"
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