Welcome to the dark future world of Cyberpunk 2077. A world filled with gang wars, corporations, and never knowing which one is more morally corrupt! Come check out Cyberpunk 2077: Trauma Team #1 by Dark Horse Comics!
CYBERPUNK 2077: TRAUMA TEAM #1 (OF 4)
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Miguel Valderrama
Colorist: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Frank Cvetkovic
Editor: Megan Walker
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 9th, 2020
Previously in Cyberpunk 2077: Cyberpunk 2020 was a tabletop roleplaying game that predicted a dark and futuristic world. We are now seeing a new iteration of the title with a new comic book series that will prepare us for the video game coming out soon! Explore the world of Night City in the Free State of North California and see how Nadia handles her job as a member of the Trauma Team!
A DARK FUTURE
The comic starts with Nadia under psyche evaluation to see if she should return to work. Her last trauma team was brutally murdered on the job trying to save a client and she was the only survivor. Her evaluator is concerned that she might be too traumatized to go back to work considering she watched a single swordsman kill the entire team. However, she is deemed okay to return to work.
Her first job back, her new team must go extract a client imprisoned inside a building but is under heavy fire from the gang control. Nadia freezes up but ultimately is able to support her new team. They slowly maneuver through the enemy forces until they finally find the client. Unfortunately, the client is the man who murdered Nadia’s last crew.
A LOT GOING ON
This is really well written but I feel there is a lot the comic has to do with a limited page count. It introduces a world with a lot of elements to show off the video game and then there’s the narrative arc with the protagonist and her development. I learned a lot about Nadia but I was sometimes confused about the world they existed in. Luckily, I know a little bit about the setting due to my experience with Cyberpunk 2020 and some information I knew about the game. Otherwise, I would probably be even more lost.
I enjoyed the theme of trauma and PTSD that flowed through the novel. The exposition was expertly crafted to really get you into the character’s head and this invests you into Nadia as a character. I want to see how finding her previous team’s killer will affect her psyche and if she will go into a mental break. Especially because it seems that they are going to have to work together. I’m on board for the next issue!
BOTTOM LINE: GOOD BUT CONFUSING
Cyberpunk 2077 is predicted to be a great game that will be a masterpiece to stand the test of time. Unfortunately, this comic requires you to know the world before you can fully understand what is going on. This isn’t’ the fault of the creative team but just the nature of taking one entertainment medium and putting it into another. 4 out of 5 for Cyberpunk 2077: Trauma Team #1.
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Cyberpunk 2077: Trauma Team #1 (of 4)
Cyberpunk 2077 comes to comic book form! Explore the world of Night City through the eyes of Nadia; a member of the Trauma Team.