Cyberpunk 2077: You Have My Word #3 reveals that the plot of the whole story is basically one big cycle of revenge. One that has been going for a while, and will probably keep on going just a little while longer.

Cyberpunk 2077: You Have My Word #3 main cover art showing some very angry cyberpunks going into a soon-to-be-empty motel.
This is one hotel someone isn’t going to check out of. Main cover artist: Jesus Hervas.

Cyberpunk 2077: You Have My Word #3 is the 3rd issue (spoilery reviews for issues #1 and #2 here) of this comic book series set in the world of the Cyberpunk 2077 video game by CD Projekt Red. And while the video game itself received questionable reviews due to a few technical issues at launch (especially on consoles), there’s nothing wrong with this comic book series. Bartosz Sztybor is the writer of this comic book, with Jesus Hervas as the artist, Giulia Brusco as the colorist, and Frank Cvetkovic as the letterer. Jesus Hervas is also responsible for the main cover art. Rafael de Latorre drew the only variant cover. Oh, and Dark Horse Comics remains the publisher behind this comic book series.

Cyberpunk 2077: You Have My Word #3 variant cover art showing Teresa and Big Bad Wannabe pointing their pistols at each other's heads...through a wall.
See, this is what happens when both combatants can see through walls. Variant cover artist: Rafael de Latorre.

Cyberpunk 2077: You Have My Word #3 went on sale on January 26, 2022. You can purchase it in either digital or print format on Dark Horse Comics.

Warning: spoilers for Cyberpunk 2077: You Have My Word #3 below. If you want to watch this cycle of revenge for yourself, stop here, and come back once the gunfire has died down. In addition to the combatants themselves.

Cyberpunk 2077: You Have My Word #3 ~ Plot Summary

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You know you’re dealing with a badass when her nickname is literally “Death”.

Cyberpunk 2077: You Have My Word #3 picks up where we last left off when Maria/Teresa had just executed Mr. Cyborg Arm after interrogating him about her daughter Oriona’s killer. Mr. Cyborg Arm’s friends are looking into his death, while Maria/Teresa is grilling her daughter’s girlfriend (assuming she is who she says she is) about her role in Oriona’s death at a local ripperdoc’s place. It seems said girlfriend is genuine though. She also only knows that she and Oriona were supposed to run away together, but something went wrong along the way. Maria/Teresa is disappointed by the lack of info and continues her hunt. However, she does ask the ripperdoc for a favor. As it turns out, Maria/Teresa also took a souvenir: Mr. Cyborg Arm’s, well, cyborg arm. She asks said ripperdoc to graft it into her for some extra firepower.

Unfortunately, it seems Maria/Teresa isn’t a particularly grateful sort. When Oriona’s girlfriend brings up the potential of the antagonists interrogating the ripperdoc for intel, Maria/Teresa stop her bike, turns around and heads right back to the ripperdoc’s place, and puts a bullet into said ripperdoc. She has no intention of killing him though. The bullet only grazes the ripperdoc’s neck. It seems the shooting is all part of a plan to get the ripperdoc to betray her and reveal her location, allowing Maria/Teresa to stage a perfect ambush. When she’s waiting for the enemy gang to arrive though, she’s alone. Oriona’s girlfriend apparently abandoned her after that incident, and I wouldn’t blame her.

Almost According To Plan

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Maybe because Oriona’s girlfriend actually appears to be a normal person?

Anyways, the ambush goes off almost perfectly, save for a little matter of Maria/Teresa’s husband calling right at that moment. It distracts her just enough that the last surviving gang member (a close friend of Mr. Cyborg Arm) almost gets her. Fortunately, she has a superpowered cyborg arm that’s strong enough to break the last guy’s neck. She even gets the name of Oriona’s killer at last: El Sombreron. Apparently, he murdered Oriona because he thought Maria/Teresa murdered his sister years ago. Ironically, Maria/Teresa is actually his sister, except he didn’t realize it at the time. And well, he probably will now. Just long enough for Maria/Teresa to kill him. Will she succeed? Well, that’s what we’ll find out in the next issue of Cyberpunk 2077: You Have My Word.

Cyberpunk 2077: You Have My Word #3 ~ The Good

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Must be a trauma pileup for Oriona’s girlfriend.

The action is probably the best part of Cyberpunk 2077: You Have My Word #3. The fight scenes are pretty well-choreographed, or rather, well-drawn. There’s a logical flow to the scenes that reminds me of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, only with cyberpunk guns and tech. Good times.

The artwork is also pretty detailed. In particular, I give praise for the facial expressions. Jesus Hervas does a fantastic job with facial expressions. You can perfectly see the shock and disappointment in Maria/Teresa’s eyes when she learned that her brother murdered her daughter because of some mistaken assumptions. All without any need for dialogue to clutter up the panel. Now that’s artistry.

Cyberpunk 2077: You Have My Word #3 ~ The Bad

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Hmm, a death shroud as battledress? That’s so goth.

My only complaint about Cyberpunk 2077: You Have My Word #3 is Maria/Teresa herself. I feel like she has dipped into unlikeable protagonist in this issue. Mostly because of what she did to that ripperdoc who grafted Mr. Cyborg Arm’s arm onto her. I just feel like she could’ve handled that a lot better without needing to be such a jackass about it. Maybe she could’ve told the ripperdoc the plan before shooting him. It would’ve meant that the plan is carried out without burning a bridge with that ripperdoc.

Honestly, Maria/Teresa only manages to claw her way back to sympathy at the last second, but only just, and only because of her husband and other daughter. Let’s hope she ends this story as a sympathetic character, one way or another.

Source: Dark Horse Comics