There’s a particular gap in the post-Flashpoint solicitations that I’m not sure I’ve seen anyone bring up yet. Really, it’s also a gap in the Flashpoint solicitations, as well (Maybe even moreso). Namely… Where is the Cyborg solo series?
I know, that may seem like an odd question to ask; Cyborg has never really been seen as a solo star – Outside of a 2008 mini and some Teen Titans Spotlights, he’s not even been given the chance to shine away from a team – but in the run up to Flashpoint, he was named as the breakout star of the series by Dan Didio, as well as having Geoff Johns say things like this about him:
Cyborg, much like Aquaman, is one of my favorite characters. I brought him into The Flash way back when and I brought him into Teen Titans. I always felt that he was so recognizable and I thought he was such a great character. He’s one of my favorites. I just felt like there are a lot more stories to be told about him, and he’s a character that I really wanted to work with more. I would love to elevate the character.
And, yet, Cyborg doesn’t have his own Flashpoint spin-off, for some reason. Even though there are 20 different spin-off titles, and characters Gorilla Grodd and the Canterbury Cricket get one, the “breakout star” of the entire event doesn’t. Doesn’t that seem strange to anyone else?
(At first I thought, “Well, maybe it’s because his story gets told inside the main series,” and then realized that that rationale doesn’t exactly work when Batman, Aquaman and Wonder Woman all have their own spin-offs.)
When Cyborg then appeared alongside the Justice League in the first image released from the new DCU status quo, I thought, Oh, so clearly they’re serious about elevating the character, and with 51 other series to be announced, surely he’ll get his own series now. Of course, he didn’t, making him the only member of the JLA in that image to be without at least one regular solo book. So… why?
Is it his name? I can imagine there may be trademark issues over calling a comic “Cyborg” (as in, if it’s not already trademarked, I’ll be surprised. I wondered, for a second, whether you could even trademark a word as common as that for use as a comic title, and then remembered that DC had Steel as a trademarked title for quite some time), but is that enough reason to keep him from his own book?
This isn’t me looking for some kind of crazy conspiracy theory here – It’s very obviously not a race issue, because otherwise why would DC launch Mr. Terrific or Static Shock, before anyone goes down that road – but genuinely wondering what’s going on. It’s as if DC really would like to make Cyborg happen, but don’t quite believe that he can handle it. Am I the only person who expected him to get his own book? Am I the only person who’d read one, if he got it?