Uh-oh, Spaghetti-o! The bride of Cyborg has turned out to be evil and she is out to take over the world.
Well, not really his bride, but now that Scarlett Taylor has been turned into a female cyborg named Variant, she turned on Victor and steals his power to create boom tubes to teleport her secret army and launch a bunch of nukes all to make the world a better place. But Cyborg has other plans and has hacked her power and sent her troops to the middle of the ocean.
But in a foul but inevitable betrayal, Variant’s co-conspirator launches his own trap against both cyborgs. Working together, they break free and start taking down the secret army. When they escape, it’s time to blow up the base. They capture the bad guys.
Variant is powered down and turned over to the fake Silas Stone. Fake Papa Stone is delighted to have a cyborg he can play with and plans are launched. (Yeah, that part is a little creepy-pervy, but John Semper’s story glosses right past that.)
The Imitation of Life storyline has dealt with many questions about Victor Stone. Is he human? Is he a machine? Does he have a soul? Is he a monster? The Imitation of Life story has been running since DC’s Rebirth has enough Frankenstein references packed in to have both Mary Shelly and James Whale jump out their graves and cry foul.
Semper (Spider-Man – The Animated Series) has been handling these big questions well, while still packing in an action-packed story. This part of the arc many have been too cookie cutter for some, but I like it when the hero is too busy to think through all the consequences. (Although, with all the hacking that Victor is doing to other cyborgs and having done to him, you think he’d seriously consider upgrading his firewall.)
The action is seriously propelled forward with Paul Pelletier (Aquaman, Titans) art. There is plenty of fighting and running and action to show off his strong pencils. He also has a great way with the Kirby crackles all around the energy arcs throughout the story.
Guy Major’s (Green Arrow, Black Eyed Kids) colors also pay off well, with the sickly greens for the underground secret base and the reds whenever the menacing plans come together. The art throughout this entire story line has been top notch and really helped sell this book.
The action packed train-ride of this story arc is quickly coming to an end and I can’t wait for the next issue to see how this ends.
Writer: John Semper, Jr.
Pencils: Paul Pelletier
Inker: Tony Kordos
Colors: Guy Major