Comic Review: Cyberpunk 2077: Trauma Team #1 (Dark Horse Comics)

Join the futuristic Trauma Team with Cyberpunk 2077, a 4 issue miniseries from Dark Horse. Written by veteran horror (and more) writer Cullen Bunn, Cyberpunk 2077 takes place in yes, […]

Join the futuristic Trauma Team with Cyberpunk 2077, a 4 issue miniseries from Dark Horse.

Written by veteran horror (and more) writer Cullen Bunn, Cyberpunk 2077 takes place in yes, the future, but a very violent, Bladerunner-enfused future.

The dialogue is clipped, and the story moves along briskly, with back story smoothly blending with today’s traumas.

It’s a neon-lit version of the dark future, where the rain falls steadily in the crowded, brightly lit streets. Nadia, one member of a team of rescue paramedics, helps retrieve injured clients from dangerous situations. But things go wrong this evening. Very wrong. And a long journey begins for Nadia, starting now!

Miguel Valderrama illustrates this high energy, high drama tale. The intersection of action and vivisection is graphic, the streets are alive with the sounds of screaming. The hoods are up, the kicks are kinetic. The drawings are sharp-edged in closeup, and well crafted. Action is drawn to show the abrupt nature of the business: saving lives while the team risks their own. Jason Wordie’s colours are vivid, with violet, crimson, yellow, and blue in strong doses. The story is much more dynamic and powerful for this saturation and brilliant selection. Truly GREAT colouring!

Special shout out to letterer Frank Cvetkovic for bringing the text and sound effects to the heightened state of hysteria, carefully placing the dialogue and captions in and around the mayhem. And to CD Projekt Red Editorial!

It’s a hot start, tightly written and atmospheric, with Nadia the central character, surrounded with 24/7 elements of strong danger.

Dark Horse, Cyberpunk 2077: Trauma Team #1 (of 4), $3.99 for 24 pages of content. Assume Mature rating

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