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Cyborgs & robots gone wild in new DC summer special

(Image credit: Dan Mora (DC))

DC's squeezing in a last-minute summer special into their July 2020 schedule: DC Cybernetic Summer.

That's right, a cyborg-and-robot-themed summer anthology featuring Cyborg, Cyborg Superman, Robotman, Red Tornado, Sy Borgman, Skeets, and more.

(Sadly, no sign of the Church of Gort, that cult for all things robot from deep back in WildStorm lore.)

(Image credit: Dan Mora (DC))

"In this sizzling summertime anthology special, Harley Quinn and Sy Borgman conquer a truly titanic water slide, Cyborg, Superman, and Cyborg Superman find it difficult to have a conversation, much less a fight, and Batman tries everything to escape a summer cookout—even taking on the omnipotent Brother Eye and his newly infectious O.M.A.C.s!" reads DC's description.

There's also some non-cybernetic action to be had, however.

"And it’s not just the cyborgs hitting the surf! Flashes from across the multiverse gather for a race to claim the fastest flash in the multiverse!," the description continues. "Mercury Flash from Earth-44 is out to win it all this year, the only person standing in his way is… Barry Allen! And Red Tornado’s on a camping trip with his wife Kathy and his daughter Traya, but he’s distracted by Justice League matters! When a threat emerges, will Red Tornado be able to protect his family?"

Here's a complete list of stories, and their authors:

  • Red Tornado in "Summer Camp" by Stephanie Phillips and Leila del Duca
  • Cyborg, Superman, and Cyborg Superman in "Catfish Crisis" by Stuart Moore and Cully Hamner
  • Superboy, starring the Legion of Super-Heroes, in "Summer Lovin" by Liz Erickson and Nik Virella
  • Batman, O.M.A.C. and Brother Eye in "The Limits of Control" by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman
  • Robot Man in "The Summer Blues" by Max Bemis and Greg Smallwood
  • Harley Quinn and Sy Borgman in "Splish Splash Special" by Che Grayson and Marguerite Sauvage
  • Booster Gold, Blue Beetle and Skeets in "The Boys of Summer" by Heath Corson and Scott Koblish
  • Mercury Flash in "The Speedster Games" by Joshua Williamson and David Lafuente
  • Midnighter, Apollo, Monsieur Mallah and The Brain in "Out There" by Steve Orlando and Paul Pelletier
  • Platinum and Wonder Woman in "Fandom" by Andrew Constant and Nicola Scott

The 80-page DC Cybernetic Summer anthology is scheduled to arrive July 28.

Chris has covered comic book news for Newsarama since 2003, and has also written for USA Today, Life, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the  2019 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards and the 2012 Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table.