Incredible Cyberpunk: Edgerunners and Cyberpunk 2077 announcement: Phantom Liberty have again drawn the attention of players to Cyberpunk 2077 – the game is actively played again. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, I’m not ready to return to the streets of Knight City yet, but the desire to complete my impressions of the Cyberpunk 2077 universe still does not disappear. There is still Cyberpunk 2077: Trauma Team, I remembered, again, recently the Ukrainian translation of the full first volume – Cyberpunk 2077 – was released by Vovkulaka. “Trauma Team”, all four issues under one cover.

The title Cyberpunk 2077: Trauma Team
Genre Comic book
Authors Cullen Bunn, Miguel Valderrama, Jason Wardy
Translation by Sofia Shul
Publisher Dark Horse Comics, Vovkulaka
Year of publication 2022
Pages 96
Format 173 × 256 mm
Binding hardcover
Language Ukrainian
Website Vovkulaka

Trauma Team is an important element of the Cyberpunk 2077 universe, the combat medics of this corporation meet you in the very first mission of the game, in addition, this service is mentioned many times in other tasks of the game and episodes of Cyberpunk: Edgerunners. On one of the rooftops of Knight City you can even find a downed and damaged ambulance, near which there was probably a battle, and at this moment it would be interesting for the player to hear the story of this event, but unfortunately, it is not in the game. But the comic book “Trauma Tim” has this story.

The comic tells the story of combat medic Nadia, who is the only survivor of an unsuccessful mission. After a thorough check, the girl is allowed to work again, but it so happened that the task of her team is to get out of trouble the same person who killed the entire previous team of Nadia. Will the girl be able to put professional rules above the thirst for revenge?

In fact, all four issues of Cyberpunk 2077. “Trauma Tim” collected here under one cover is almost one continuous shootout. First, the first shootout in which all of Nadia’s colleagues died and which she recalls, then the shootout in which the medical team tries to save a very dangerous client who has pissed off a whole gang of scumbags on whose territory they found themselves. It’s like one very long mission from Cyberpunk 2077, which went a bit wrong as planned.

The pages of Cyberpunk 2077. “Trauma Tim” are filled with blood, shots, explosions and more blood. The colors are saturated, heavy, almost the entire page is painted, so sometimes it’s frankly difficult to read the comic. The first part, drawn in a slightly different manner, because of the very colorful palette and the use of text backgrounds that should separate those who speak. The second, third and fourth parts are difficult to read due to very dense sketching and saturated colors. All this seems to convey the atmosphere of the battle well, but it does not make it easier to read.

Another flaw of Cyberpunk 2077. “Trauma Tim” is actually a simple plot and characters. The behavior of Nadia and the psychopathic killer Apex, who appears to be able to fall into cyberpsychosis at any moment, is easy to predict. Almost as predictable are Nadia’s colleagues and the bandits trying to get Trauma Team’s platinum client.

But that doesn’t really make Cyberpunk 2077. “Trauma Tim” is a bad comic book. It appears to be okay, but, unfortunately, it does not reach the level of the game itself on which it relies, and is very inferior to the anime series Cyberpunk: Edgerunners.

On the other hand, I was pleased to plunge into the Cyberpunk 2077 universe again, to see the familiar anthill houses and streets of Night City. Flipping through the comic, I caught myself thinking that I would love to play a spin-off of Cyberpunk 2077 dedicated to the Trauma Team medics. In fact, there is a place to unfold and build a complex plot that raises very important questions. I wonder if CD Projekt has something like this in their plans.

As for the translation and the quality of the publication, as always Vovkulaka has done everything at a very high level, the quality of the coated paper, printing and binding is excellent. The comic is a pleasure to read and hold in your hands. There is literally nothing to find fault with.