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Review of Cyber Force #2 from Top Cow – Rating 10/10

Cyber Force #2 CoverReview of “Cyber Force #2” from Top Cow
By: Eva Jarkiewicz

Publisher: Top Cow
Year Published: 2012
Creator, Co-Writer, Character Designer and Art Director: Marc Silvestri
Plot Script Assist: Matt Hawkins
Penciler: Khoi Pham
Inker: Sal Regla
Colorist: Sunny Gho
Letterer: Troy Peteri
Editor: Bryan Rountree and Matt Hawkins
Review Rating: 10/10

On Sale December 5, 2012
Price: FREE
Format: FC
Pages: 32

TOP COW’S TOP-SELLING SERIES OF ALL TIME CONTINUES IN ITS GROUND-BREAKING RELAUNCH! APHRODITE V DEBUTS!

For the first time in history, mankind is outpacing evolution. It takes nature thousands of years to adapt to changes and the things humanity has accomplished technologically in just the past 100 years has thrown its ability to evolve, and in turn survive, completely out of whack. In other words, a world full of wonders and conveniences is being created that none will hope to survive. This dilemma is at the heart of what CYBER FORCE is all about.

The massive corporation CDI continues to engineer technologically enhanced humans. Cyber Force, terrorists or resistance fighters depending on your point of view, try and regroup and reveal the conspiracy that is behind the heart of CDI and its mission. Aphrodite V and Stryker make their debut!

With the aid of Velocity, Ripclaw has been able to resurrect the rebel Cyber Force faction from complete obliteration at the hands of the CDI corporation. But where can you run when you are hiding in a city that is completely owned, operated, and monitored by those who want you dead most?

In speaking with Marc Silvestri about Cyber Force, both in an interview for Metal Life Magazine and casually at various conventions, Silvestri has shared that he wasn’t happy with the original series, in part because the characters were shallow. He had plans that this time around they would be done right. They would have depth. They would have motivation for what they do. And this issue is starting to give the reader a glimpse of what some of this motivation might be. Whether that motivating event occurred in the distant past, or is happening to the character in the present time, they are most definitely events that will go to forming the character in the future.

Now that said, Silvestri has promised me I will be happier with my favorite character this time around, but it’s not going to be easy for him. To give him that depth, that motivation Silvestri is going to put him through his paces. Going to make him suffer. I think he even took a little pleasure torturing me with that statement. He did seem to have a wicked gleam in his eyes as he said it. And yes I shed a tear as the suffering begins.

The story continues to build a solid foundation welcoming both new and old readers to discover a world and cast of characters together. I look forward to seeing where the journey takes us. What will this world become? What will the characters (friend and foe) become? And most importantly will Silvestri make me hate him for making my favorite character suffer? [No, I won’t really hate him, even if I might want to for a moment there.] It will be an interesting journey watching this story develop.

Add to the story line, the art of Khoi Pham, Sal Regla and Sunny Gho and the world comes to life. There is a little inconsistency with the characters. Those without visible cybernetics are beautiful, those with visible cybernetic enhancements are a bit scratchy looking. This might be intentional, only time will tell. This doesn’t reduce my enjoyment of the characters or story in the least bit as it does help make the characters unique and easily identifiable.

I was quite tempted to give this book a 9 simply because they made my favorite character suffer, and me shed a tear but that just wouldn’t be fair nor would it do justice to this book. While there is still a journey ahead of the readers (and creators) to bring this story to life the foundation that is being built, the depth being promised and hinted at in this issue earns this book a perfect 10/10.

Hopefully they won’t make me cry to much over my favorite character but the fact that they can elicit an emotional reaction for a character when we are only into the 2nd issue shows the strength of the storytelling.

If you haven’t jumped on board yet, what are you waiting for? Both the print and digital editions of the first five issues will be FREE. Your only risk is missing out if you don’t give it a try.

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