Sunday, November 20, 2016

Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye #2

   The Young Animal series is still all shiny and new, so I wasn't sure what to expect - especially with Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye, since it focuses on an obscure DC hero who happens to be an old favorite of mine.

   And while the story bears little resemblance to those adventures in the 1960s, it does provide a rip-snorting tale of a man standing up for his family and loved ones, and making some hard choices.

   Of course, this version from writers Gerard Way and Jon Rivera is not at all appropriate for young readers - there's adult language and brutal violence throughout - but the story is building in very interesting and harrowing ways.

   It involves a mystery involving an underworld civilization Cave discovered long ago - and it connects to his tough-as-nails daughter, who finds herself fighting for her life against strange and mysterious assailants.

   Throw in some corporate intrigue, the return of a classic vehicle, a surprising guest star, some info about the origin of Cave's titular eye, and cap it off with some powerful, energetic art by the amazing Michael Avon Oeming, and you have a great comic.

   There are just enough Easter eggs to keep old fans happy, and lots of new story points to pull in new readers.

   Highly recommended! (But not for kids.)

Grade: A-


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