Dean: Taking cues from Glen Murakami‘s design for the character’s animated incarnation, Mr. Carroll’s design solves a lot of the problems that have plagued Victor Stone. Covering the usually exposed areas of Cyborg’s legs and arms is a good start. Just because the dude’s got flesh and blood parts doesn’t mean he’d want them exposed to small arms and energy blasts every other day. (A larger version of Joel’s Cyborg is available here.)
Vito: This is a mature design. It’s the equivalent of, say, Robin to Nightwing or Speedy to Red Arrow…THIS is what Vic should “graduate” to. I like the cartoon elements, but the kicker for me is the upper torso into the head. Really really solid.
Jess: Total agreement here on covering up the skin – this is a definite improvement from the metal panties. I’m not sure about the rings around the thighs – they look kind of like they’d clank together when he walks – but otherwise it’s a very powerful, serious design that tells you that this guy’s got some serious oomph behind his punches. It’s less futuristic and more dystopian than the sleeker look he’s got in the cartoon, which is fitting for this older, more serious incarnation.
Chris: Joel was very smart to bring a lot the Glen Murakami touches of Cyborg from the Teen Titans cartoon — that blue translucent/glowing effect on the pieces really makes it work. The black bodysuit under the metal works really well; so much that I’m surprised it hasn’t been done before with him. I get a slight Cully Hamner vibe fro the style used, which is nothing to be ashamed of. The headpiece I’m not sold on however — I haven’t seen any male be able to make a tiara work.
Joel: I’m digging the Murakami-glass and the black-ribbed body suit very much, but I’d like to see this design stream-lined a bit. Its silhouette looks a little cluttered. I think the previously-mentioned head band and the thigh-rings would be good places to start eliminating extraneous elements. I love the design of the pectoral/clavical/neck assembly, and those kneecaps are really cool. One might want to reconsider the size differential between human head and raised glass skull-piece, which would make it very difficult to find hats that fit (and Vic is definitely a hat-wearer).