Victor Stone was a promising teen athlete before an accident that killed his mother and injured him so severely that his damaged body parts were replaced with cybernetics to keep him alive. One night, he took to the streets, where he ran into Robin, Raven, and Beast Boy fighting Starfire. The youngsters teamed up to defeat the girl’s captors and formed a permanent team to combat villainy. When he infiltrated the HIVE, although the Titans prevailed and foiled Brother Blood’s scheme to utilize a new weapon called Ion Amplifier, Cyborg unknowingly had the construction plans for his cybernetics copied by Blood. Outraged, Cyborg declared a personal vendetta on Blood and confronted him when he attempted to employ a gigantic sonic cannon. However, Blood’s martial arts skills got the better of him. In order to hunt down Blood and other villains more efficiently, Cyborg helped Bumblebee, Aqualad, and Speedy establish an eastern branch of the Titans. Met with a proposal to remain and become leader of the Titans East, Cyborg decided to stay but Blood managed to capture and brainwash them into becoming his students and initiated his own transformation into a cyborg. When Cyborg discovered this, he barely managed to call his old team for help. In the end, Blood overpowered them all and confronted Cyborg, demanding to know what had enabled Cyborg to resist his brainwashing. In his frustration, Blood linked his mind too closely with Cyborg’s, who exerted his willpower and managed to defeat Blood by breaking his cybernetics.
BOO-YAH, by Felicia Smith.