Monday, September 23, 2013

Cyborg 009; Desanto, Camp, To, & Herring

 Cyborg 009 is a much beloved, best selling manga series created by Shotaro Ishinomori, that also was done as an anime, live action television show and even feature length movies. Cyborg 009 was the ninth in a series of cyborgs created to be used for military reasons, but Cyborg 009 and the other eight cyborgs aren't on board with this plan.
A couple of weeks ago, Archaia (the graphic novel company that has produced beautiful graphic novels such as Jim Henson's A Tale of Sand, Fraggle Rock, and Mouse Guard), released this beautiful, new, full color, hardcover Cyborg 009 graphic novel and it has to be seen in person to fully appreciate what a gorgeous production this is (the cover image posted above  looks simple here on the internet, but come by Alternate Reality Comics to see how different this cover really is!).

Written by F.J. Desanto and Bradley Cramp and drawn by Marcus To (he's done some DC comics like Flash, but nothing that's suggested he could do this level of art) and colored by Ian Herring, Cyborg 009 is an action packed story with a lot of heart and a person doesn't have to be familiar with previous / original incarnations of Cyborg 009 to appreciate this new graphic novel. As good as the story is, the real stars of Archaia's Cyborg 009 are artists Marcus To and colorist Ian Herring. The comic book medium has a lot of great artists and colorists, but To and Herring with their Cyborg 009, have created a graphic novel that's the closest thing to being an anime on paper that I've ever seen, with their great story-telling chops which makes Cyborg 009 a very kinetic experience.

1 comment:

Mel Caylo said...

Thanks for the great review, Ralph!

Happy New Comics Wednesday 7/18/18 - Life of Captain Marvel, Magic Order #2 (we still have #1 too!), conclusion of Infinity Countdown, Justice League edition!

 Hope all of my friends going to the San Diego Comic-Con this week have a GREAT time!