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Review: Cyblade #3

Posted by Luke Brown On February - 19 - 2009

The latest issue of the first Pilot Season winner from Joshua Hale Fialkov hit shelves this week. The question is, was it better than last month’s effort? Hit the jump to find out.

Cyblade #3

Writer: Joshua Hale Fialkov
Artist: Lee Ferguson
Covers: Rick Mays, Stjepan Sejic

After the second issue of this series, I wasn’t too sure how much longer I was going to stay on board with Cyblade. Fialkov’s scripting wasn’t keeping me interested, and Rick May’s art was more of a turn-off than it was eye-catching. This issue though, Fialkov turns a corner creatively, and Lee Ferguson fills in for Mays on art, and the result manages to keep me entertained.

While the first two issues weren’t awful, they just weren’t all that amazing. When a new series starts, even if it is with a semi-established character like Cyblade, those opening issues are crucial in hooking new readers. By the end of the second book, I was ready to call it quits on the story, but Joshua Fialkov more than makes up for the lackluster opening with the tightly wound story found in issue three. He’s not treading new ground by any means, but at least in this issue we get a true sense of where he wants to take the book. The characterization this book is much better than in the previous 44 pages, and those readers who stayed on board will feel a bit vindicated in their decision.

Lee Ferguson’s art this issue certainly helped this book a lot this month. While I’m sure Rick Mays is a very talented artist, there was just too much inconsistency in his pages, particularly for a new book. We got a glimpse of Ferguson last issue, but taking the reigns solo this time, he provides a much more steady flow to the book. Figures are well proportioned, the action sequences have a bit of fluidity to them, and his facial expressions help relate what’s happening to the reader. The only thing bad I can say about the art this issue is that too many times characters seemed to have their eyes closed. While that may be Ferguson’s style, it’s sometimes a bit distracting during quiet moments.

I’m not sure if Ferguson will be on for more than this issue, but for now, he and Fialkov have managed to win me back. Especially with the tease of what’s coming next issue. Cyblade is still going to be on a short leash, but issue three has certainly given me hope that this book has a future.

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