The first issue of Trauma Team was a great introduction to the world of Cyberpunk 2077 – from the perspective of the not-often-explored Trauma Team, a sort of militarised medical recovery service who take on jobs to rescue injured clients, often from still deadly and ongoing conflicts.
Our main character is Nadia; traumatised from her last mission going wrong, she was back in the field by the end of issue one – but discovered in the issue’s cliffhanger that the team’s new client is Apex, the person responsible for the loss of her previous team. Despite this opening up old wounds, she’s forced to rescue Apex from an escalating and incredibly dangerous situation that could result in the deaths of her new team, as well as herself and her client…
Once again, the writing by Cullen Bunn is of his usual high standard – and I’m impressed by how well the themes of PTSD and general trauma are handled. Nadia continues to be a relatable character forced into a near-impossible situation, working for – and alongside – the person responsible for murdering those closest to her in order to survive and fulfil her duties.
Miguel Valderrama’s art is stunning – it feels somewhat retro in places, which is appropriate given the late 80s heritage of the original Cyberpunk TTRPG. Jason Wordie’s colouring is also very impressive, with an awful lot of red splashing around the violent shootout scenes, as well as atmospheric use of different hues in the flashback sequences.
It’s a great piece of worldbuilding to add to the newly-released game, but also a brilliantly compelling story in its own right so far. Highly recommended, even if you have no interest in the video game (or TTRPG) that it’s based on.
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