|Riplcaw does his thing in Cyberforce (Vol.4) issue #2 by Marc Silvestri and Khoi Pham.|
Image Comics had experienced a line wide soft reboot titled "Rebirth". Though I had previously dismissed most books in the line-up as being too cheesecake heavy in their artistic direction, and for fear of too much back story--over a decade--I took a leap and jumped on board the reboot with Witchblade #151. My appreciation for writer Tim Seeley's Revival led me to Witchblade that then prompted a peak at Artifacts and so on down the line-up. This inevitably brought me to Cyberforce which was re-imagined and redesigned by the characters' (actually the whole Top Cow Universe's) original creator, co-founder Marc Silvestri.
Though the team and it's various members have been in publication through three previous volumes dating all the way back to 1992's first volume, I was able (through the help of the fantastic employees at my local comic shop) get my hands on the eight issues which comprise the to-date run. Even after only eight issues, it occurs to me that Cyberforce is a book that seems to read more clearly in multi-issue runs. After reading the first two issues, I was a little confused as to just what was happening, but having stayed with it, by #5, the narrative had smoothed itself out in such a way that I was in for the duration. I have zero insight into any previous characterization of the leads in this fourth volume, so any background (or baggage) is lost to me, which is probably just as well.
- While reminiscent of other in line characters (Killjoy from issues 6-8 of Cyberforce (V4) possesses a very similar facial design to a recent Witchblade villain) the overall character design's are solid.
- The organic technology (which others suggest is reflective of artist Koi Pham's--and later Marco Turini) scratchy artistic aesthetic) which each of the heroes has integrated into their body visually makes sense. Not too "shiny-Colossus-y" metal, but something extra that distorts what would otherwise be a normal epidermis.
- Their is action, sophisticated narrative (newbies to Top Cow such as myself just need to be patient), sensible payoffs--writer Silvestri leaves just enough dangling to prompt one to come back next issue.
- The bargain is pretty exceptional at $2.99 an issue (the first few issues weer only $1!). Hero/sci-fi action books of this quality don't come anymore inexpensively.
|From an online preview for the premier issue of Cyberforce , Volume 4.|