While publishers have always attempted to revive older series to hopefully find new readership, it seems like publishers have pushed harder these last few years to reboot old franchises.  Top Cow’s Cyber Force is no exception, though I’d say the quality of this reboot might prove to be “the exception”.

The story opens on a dark vision of the future. Carin, a young red-haired girl, lies seeming dead in a pool of water, interrogated by a disembodied voice. She knows the world will end. She knows when everyone will die. And she knows when.

Carin’s story is told in a disjointed yet clear way. We bounce back and forth from memories to the present, Carin’s conversation with an interrogative voice serving as a constant throughout the story, keeping us focused.

We see Carin enter the bowels of the city with her dog Ninja in an attempt to find the group responsible for an attempt on her mothers’ life.  Her purpose in finding them is unclear, but we know she has other thoughts on her mind besides revenge.  She does find them, a ragtag band of ex-military hiding out from the regions security forces. But, as meeting up with the group who tried to kill your parents usually goes, Carin is taken hostage to be used as a bargaining chip for the groups freedom.  Meanwhile, Carin’s mother is convinced the ex-military group has kidnapped her daughter. Cue the misunderstood struggle between factions in power.

Unlike most other rebooted series, the funding for the reboot of Cyber Force came from Kickstarter.  Used to track interest and potential level of readership, Kickstarter has been a tool for comic series recently with the ability to give donators progressive feedback as they progress.  Largely due to the series success on Kickstarter, the first five issues of Cyber Force are free.

Written by Marc Silvestri and Matt Hawkins, the new Cyber Force really seems to know where it’s headed.  Having created the original run of the series, Silvestri really knows his universe and where it should go this time around. Characters reveal back story in an informative but natural way, even by the end of issue #1 the world is becoming fleshed out, and the flow of the story is strong, each scene serving the larger plotline or revealing something new about the characters.

The world of Cyber Force is slightly reminiscent of Cyborg 009 in the rampant, though normal, existence of cybernetics in humans; multiple models existing with different power sets and strengths.  The world seems a dystopian future ,despite technological advancements however, and the gap between the very rich and very poor is rather disparate. While the different abilities of each cyborg model has yet to be fully revealed, I can’t help but think that they may hit a roadblock in powers, having to recycle old powers effectively making the main characters powers no longer unique.  I don’t think it’s really that big a deal, but that’s the kind of stuff that worries me.  It keeps me up at night.

The artwork for Cyber Force is what drew me to the series.  As per Top Cow’s standards, the artwork is fantastic, though it has that “Top Cow comic look” largely in part to Marc Silvestri’s influence–something that can be seen in the cover art as well as in The Darkness and Witchblade. The line-work done by Khoi Pham is striking.  Characters emote strongly and action poses are dynamic.  Characters’ cybernetics are really detailed, making silhouettes unique in a very human yet inhuman type of way.  And as always, the colors done by Sunny Gho just blow me away.  The majority of the comic is variations of red and yellow: the red of the city and the yellow-gold of cybernetics being the most prominent in scenes.  It’s the colors he chooses to offset these primary colors, however, that really set the mood and give the images something special.

If you’re into science fiction style comics at all, I’d highly suggest giving Cyber Force a read. The writing and artwork are solid and the world presented promises intrigue as well as sweet robot/cyborg fights. And like I said, the barrier to entry for this series is super low with the first five issues being free.

About The Author

Long time fan of comic books, video games, and movies. Zander is often no where to be found because he's marathoning movies and tv shows or playing video games till all hours of the night as most disillusioned twenty-somethings are wont to do. Polar opposites are the game: action/comedies and dramas, FPS games and turn-based strategy, science fiction and historical fiction. Why pick one thing when there are so many good things?

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