In my last post about about DC Comics, I mentioned that the Justice League book had made it so that Vic Stone, the former high school football player turned into the hero Cyborg, had been seemingly regulated to the guy who summons boom tube-like warp portals, with no life outside of the League.
Turns out I was right. Cyborg doesn’t have his own book or his own adventures, like everyone else in the Justice League does, and the most recent issue of Justice League confirmed that. When the League’s not on a mission, Cyborg spends his day at S.T.A.R. Labs or reading and watching movies, or, “occasionally, Batman needs something.” He lives in the Watchtower, removed from the rest of humanity. If the League broke up, which is something underlining the current arc in the book, he’d likely just stay up int he Watchtower.
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Similar to the treatment of Starfire in the Red Hood relaunch, it seems like DC Comics decided to squander the goodwill toward a character that new readers grew up watching on TV by reducing the character to an unrecognizable husk of a previous incarnation. This isn’t to suggest that the comics should align to the characteristics of these characters as depicted in the Teen Titans TV series (that would be absurd), but to take such a left turn away from the positive images of those character is just…odd, and incredibly insulting.
In the case of Vic Stone, it’s especially frustrating since he’s a) the only person of color in the book (and in the book that DC considers its flagship title) and b) he doesn’t have his own book to flesh out any of these issues (and given the general failure of books headlined by POCs, there’s not a huge incentive to do it). And, really, given how he states his case, he’s essentially waiting on the white people to ask him to join in. And if they all leave, he’d be all alone, struggling with his own dilemmas of being a black man who isn’t even completely a man now. It’s a tough situation, and one that needs more nuance than Justice League is probably capable of. I mean, we do have the super-teenager lovefest of Superman and Wonder Woman to deal with, and that’s way more interesting.