A lot of what makes Archaia a great independent
comic book publisher is there preference for publishing original
ideas that do not just try and emulate the superhero stories the big
two churn out month after month. Cyclops is the result of
another one of those original ideas and its shaping up to be a great
from the same creative team that created The Killer series,
writer Matz and illustrator Luc Jacamon. That bit of information
alone should have you excited for Cyclops as The Killer
is one of the best ongoing series in comics. What youíll notice
about Cyclops though is Matz and Jacamon donít rest on their
laurels. Cyclops introduces us to a completely new world with
its own mysteries and intrigue.
In Cyclops the year is 2054.
Douglas Pistoia is a graduate looking for work, but only a private
security firm, Multicorps Security, has offered him a job. Soon
after he signs up, the UN decides to outsource its peacekeeping
missions, and Multicorps win the first bid. Douglas is now part of a
war that is not his own, and his every move is being watched.
Multicorps broadcasts the war worldwide, thanks to the micro-cameras
in the soldiers helmets hence the name Cyclops.
Originally published in 2005 in French Cyclops provides
interesting and relevant social commentary on the role of private
contractors in global conflicts and the role of the media in
reporting war and our apparent voyeurism for destruction and death.
There was outcry when Wikileaks released the video of the American
attack helicopter but everybody watched and Cyclops takes
that idea and shows us what can happen when the outrages dies down
and war becomes just another spectacle of entertainment, the most
watched show on the box.
Matz also does a good job of capturing the different personalities
of his characters in his dialogue. Soldiers sound like soldiers,
especially mercenary soldiers, politicians sound like politicians
and corporate executives sound like corporate executives. Finally,
Douglas sounds like a normal guy who just wants a job. This makes
all the characters feel believable and helps to sell the world Matz
Jacamon implements a similar style to The Killer in
Cyclops but itís a lot darker book. Whenever we venture to a
battlefield there is a lot of grey, black and tinges of dark blue
and green. We are then treated to a contrast in the cities that are
unaffected by war. There are bright and vibrant colours that
demonstrate the cities are filled with life while the battlefields
are only filled with death and gloom. About the only thing I wasnít
a fan of was the design of the Multicorps soldiers. Their weapons
and armour did not particularly impress me considering they are
supposed to be the best equipped guys around. Apart from that
Jacamonís brilliant art style and use of colour make this a great
a first issue Cyclops is hard to fault. Matz expertly
introduces us to a world that could well be our very own in the near
future and populates it with believable characters no matter how big
or small there contribution. Jacamon then supplies that world with
fantastic art and colour that adds extra meaning to whatís going on.
A superb debut that I cannot wait to read more from.