DC Cybernetic Summer #1
For this summer theme showcase, there’s a cyber/robotic twist added in these 10 short stories from a mix of established and up and coming DC creators.
My favorite featured Booster Gold and Blue Beetle coming up with an unconventional means of enjoying a socially distanced day at the beach only to realize they’ve outsmarted themselves. Writer Heath Corson and artist Scott Koblish have the Blue and Gold dynamic down perfectly and while Tom Taylor seems to want to ruin that shortly based on events in Suicide Squad, at least this story was a fun reminder of two of DC’s most well-meaning, but dysfunctional duo.
Stephanie Phillips and Leila Del Duca pair up for a charming story about Red Tornado trying to disconnect from his heroic duties to enjoy a mini-vacation with his family. Red Tornado seems like a forgotten character after so many reboots and it was great seeing him back in action. Maybe Phillips and Del Duca could tackle more Red Tornado stories (hint hint DC) in the future?
Steve Orlando and Paul Pelletier team up on a fun story with Apollo and Midnighter tangling with The Brain and Monsieur Mallah in an inspired pairing of heroes and villains. Apollo and Midnighter are both inspired by Superman and Batman, but Midnighter always has been portrayed as the far more interesting character who probably should be headlining his own title.
Max Benis and Greg Smallwood collaborate on a cool Robotman story where he and his pal show each other another side of summer. And I’m never going to be upset about Nicola Scott drawing Wonder Woman as she does in this team-up with Platinum in a story written by Andrew Constant.
These anthology books can be a lot of fun, but also have the unfortunate side effect of showcasing DC’s lack of prominent Asian or Latinx characters. LGTB readers are no longer ignored in these company wide short stories, yet it’s rare when a story even has an Asian character. Renee Montoya checks off the Latinx and LGTB boxes, but DC really needs to make better strides on those long under-served demographics.
Of the recent batch of anthology editions, Cybernetic Summer has plenty of enjoyable stories beyond what I mentioned, but some of the weaker stories weigh it down from being an essential read.
Rating: 8 out of 10