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Review Brew – Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #8

Enough is enough.

Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #8
Writer: Jon Rivera & Gerard Way
Artist: Michael Avon Oeming
Colors: Nick Filardi
Letters: Clem Robins
Covers: Michael Avon Oeming & Nick Filardi; Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn
Editors: Molly Mahan
Publisher: DC Comics

When Edward turned himself into a giant eldritch abomination he also, apparently, opened a bunch of portals to alternate universes. Cave wakes up from his coma to find that, in the time that his eye literally jumped out of his head, the gang, led by Chloe and Mad Dog, have been chasing Edward’s crazy arse down in hopes of stopping him or at least slowing him down.

This issue opens with a quiet moment, which has quickly become the norm for CCHACE, that packs a huge emotional punch and lays the seeds for future conflict down the road. It’s  beautifully written and moving, showing just how far Cave and Chloe have come in their relationship, and just how far they need to go. There’s also a great background scene with Mad Dog and Johnny that had me going, ‘Oh. Damn’ aloud because holy damn but Mad Dog does not pull his punches when he thinks you’re being an asshole. On top of the viciousness of the moment it fills in a lot of blanks about Johnny’s relationships with the team in one short scene showcasing the smart, effective writing of Jon Rivera and Gerard Way that’s a hallmark of this book.

As always Michael Avon Oeming, Nick Filardi and Clem Robins bring it, showing the path of destruction that Edward and EBX is cutting through the worlds in full color. They don’t flinch in depicting exactly what Edward is capable of, nor the aftermath of what guerilla warfare against such an enemy would look like. One moment in particular, and you’ll know it when you see it, is a gut punch, extremely real and upsetting.

This issue sees Cave reaching his breaking point, which after everything it’s amazing it has taken this long, and decide that, one way or another, this mess is ending. Now.

I’m here for it. Five cigarettes out of Five.

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