Matz and Luc Jacamonís sci-fi series Cyclops
has been great so far, but with issue 3 the stage is set and Matz is
starting to do some really interesting things.
Issue 3 sees our hero Douglas Pistoia gaining
ever more popularity. Multicorps and the UN have come to an
agreement on how to end the violence in Turkey and Doug is part of
the final sweep before the plan goes into action. What should have
been a simple mission turns life threatening for Doug as he attempts
to rescue some stranded civilians and once the dust settles and
Dougís star rises even higher he has to wonder Ďwas this a set-up?í
Matz is starting to weave his magic with the plot
of Cyclops. The introduction of the journalist brings the
moral voice that many readers are probably experiencing in their
heads into the book. Heís asking some difficult questions of the UN
and Multicorps and they donít like it. The journoís questioning also
further highlights the comments Matz is making on propaganda and an
all controlling media empire as they have the power to bury and
belittle him if they so choose and if it looks like heíll effect
their bottom line.
Matz is also starting to delve deeper into the
idea of privatizing the military through the journalistís
insinuations that the Argentina conflict may have been artificially
stimulated. Itís a legitimate concern that a business that runs off
war and selling footage of that war would actually be frightened by
peace as it closes off its revenue stream and would need to ensure
there is conflict somewhere to keep the dollars rolling in.
Amongst all that Matz still has enough time to
focus on Doug. Heís starting to believe there isnít something right
with Multicorps and after the events of issue 2 it seems natural
that his worries would come to the forefront in this issue. We want
to think of Doug as a good guy and after what heís been through weíd
like to think that all the fame in the world wouldnít be able to
mask his feelings about whatís really going on.
Jacamon isnít given much time to show off any
flashy artwork in this issue. There isnít a lot of action instead
Matz is trying to build up the depth of the story, so the issue
travels a long at a much slower pace, but itís still a very good
issue to look at. Jacamon is great at capturing facial expressions
and body language so even scenes where characters are standing
around talking look good. Interestingly Dougís girlfriend looked
more human this issue, yay, but I did notice some of the characters
looked a bit shapeless at times when they were wearing a suit.
probably one of the most politically relevant stories, across any
platform, on the market today. Matzís world mirrors our own so
closely and should provide a warning for the future. Issue 3 delves
even deeper into the ramifications of having a privatized military
and media monopoly and is truly a great read.