Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #10
Writer: Jon Rivera & Gerard Way
Artist: Michael Avon Oeming
Colors: Nick Filardi
Letters: Clem Robins
Cover: Oeming & Filardi; Benjamin Dewey
Editor: Molly Mahan
Publisher: DC Comics
We open with the survivors of the previous issue wandering a new dimension in search of answers and anything that might kill The Whisperer. Of course, this being Cave Carson, they instead land in the middle of another war zone. In a parallel earth, one where Cave married Christine instead of Mazra, there’s Cave Carson Jr fighting to save his earth from The Whisperer with the help of Doc Magnus and his dad Cave. To say Chloe is unimpressed with the discovery that she has a brother is putting it mildly, and it’s not helped by Cave’s reaction to CC Jr. On top of all of that is the mysterious weapon Doc Magnus, Cave Sr and CC Jr are building to stop The Whisperer, once and for all that may cause more problems than it solves.
For all of its crazy shenanigans and world hoping Cave Carson will always boil down to family and trauma and this issue is no different as Cave leads the crew into a trap because, despite moving forward in previous issues to an extent, he still hasn’t really dealt with Mazra’s death. Chloe, the always level headed member of the family immediately can tell that something’s up, and that’s before the environment starts trying to eat them. This is due to Chloe, though the wound still hurts, having moved on from her mom’s death. She’s not so blinded with grief that she can’t see the forest (or in this case fungus) from the trees. It makes for an interesting contrast and a thoughtful look at grief and mourning.
As always Oeming, Filardi and Robins work is just excellent. From the opening sequence where we see Cave mourning the destruction of the Mighty Mole and all it means to him, to the attack of the fungus, to the tragic death of one of the survivors, every panel is filled with meaning and emotion, helping to elevate the story and add new, sometimes horrifying, layers.
Five Blanks out of Five.