The Outhouse reviews Matz's latest offering: Cyclops!
Credits & Solicit Info:
CYCLOPS #1 (OF 8)
Retail Price: $3.95 U.S.
Page Count: 32 pages
Format: saddle bound, 6.625" x 10.25", full color
On-sale Date: December 22, 2010
(A) Luc Jacamon
(Cover) Luc Jacamon
2054. Douglas Pistoia is desperately looking for work, but only a private military contracting firm, Multicorps Security, has offered him a job. Soon after he signs up, the UN decides to outsource its peacekeeping missions, and Multicorps wins the first bid, propelling Douglas into a war that is not his own—a highly sophisticated war broadcast worldwide by the soldiers themselves thanks to the micro-cameras in their helmets. They are called the Cyclops. Douglas plays the game, and slowly emerges as both a unit leader and a media celebrity, but how far will he go in exploring the boundaries between war and peacekeeping, news and entertainment? From the same creative team that brought you the Eisner Award-nominated crime noir THE KILLER comes this new look at war and the media in the near future...
Cyclops, the latest offering of Matz and Luc Jacamon, attempts to paint a picture of war in a futuristic setting using the trends of today. In an era where the media trolls the world constantly looking for new angles to fill air time and an economic time where the privatization of public services is being scouted as a viable option to help stem the recent glut of economic collapses, Matz and Jacamon show a world that has gone one step further. While this isn't the first time that science fiction has been used to depict violence being exploited for entertainment (does anyone remember The Running Man?), it's certainly a topic that merits conversation today.
Doug Pistoia is an attractive, former soccer player looking for work in the year 2054. Only Multicorps Security, a private military contractor who's just been rewarded a UN contract to provide peacekeeping forces in Turkey. Doug is quickly thrust through basic training and is soon sent out in the field. In addition, Doug's bosses have singled him out to be the focus of their media coverage of the conflict. Every aspect of the conflict can be covered, thanks to small cameras located in the helmets of the soldiers, earning them the nickname Cyclops.
Matz lays out a world that is both futuristic while maintaining its roots in the present day. The world economy is still taxed and military power is spread thin in his world. The media is still looking for new angles to cover everything and throw journalistic professionalism out the window in exchange for better ratings with the masses. It's a wise choice by Matz to use a future that's subtly similar to the present. In addition, Matz manages to cram a lot of story into one issue. While Cyclops has been marketed as an eight issue miniseries, Matz has thrown multiple issues of content into the first issue alone. If there's one flaw, it's that the translation of Matz's dense dialogue leads to some overly wordy sentences that clutter some of the pages.
Luc Jacamon's art is effectively simple. His strength is the bold colors that fill the page and really bring his illustration to life. His page layouts are also very effective in using large amounts of panels without taking away from the story or his art.
Cyclops is a book that doesn't shy away from presenting a view of the world today that many don't want to talk about. Corporations have been slowly taking over facets of society for years and war may soon be the next arena that is totally taken over by private businesses. It looks as if Cyclops will be showing the consequences of allowing this to happen on both a personal and global scale. Cyclops: The Recruit is a fine first issue to what hopefully will be another critically-acclaimed miniseries by Matz.
Review by: BlueStreak
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