Cyberpunk 2077: Trauma Team #4

As predicted in my review of issue 3, things come to an explosive and messy end in the fourth and final issue of Cullen Bunn and Miguel Valderrama’s excellent Cyberpunk 2077 series, Trauma Team.

Having so far protected her client – evil mercenary Apex – from being killed by a vicious gang, the few remaining members of Nadia’s Trauma Team are finally within reach of the exit and their backup. Can they hold it together enough and fight through the remaining horde of enemies in order to survive?

Forming an uneasy, shifting alliance with a paying client – who she would like to take out herself – Nadia is still stuck in an impossible situation, working through her trauma from moment to moment. Though the series barely stopped for breath from the beginning of issue one, aside from the scenes of Nadia talking to her therapist that punctuated the relentless action, we’ve got a great sense of who she is and why her previous team meant so much to her.

The art has been stunning from the start too, with some inventive and dynamic layouts that really sells the feeling that we’re seeing an action movie unfolding on paper.

The ending may be somewhat abrupt and bleak, but cyberpunk as a genre is known for its future noir stylings. It makes sense to end things on a dark note – which is definitely the case here. Here’s hoping that Bunn and Valderrama get the opportunity to spend more time exploring R Talsorian/CD Projekt Red’s grim and uncompromising sci-fi world, despite the torrent of negative publicity the game is currently enduring.

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