Top Cow Productions/Image Comics 2018
Created by Marc Silvestri
Written by Bryan Hill & Matt Hawkins
Illustrated by Atilio Rojo
Lettered by Troy Peteri
Stryker must reconcile with what he's become...and what's been done to his daughter Carin. There's little time for either of them, as the villain that threatens the world seeks to draft someone else to her cause: Killjoy.
I said it last issue and I will say it again I like this take on the franchise, not a re-boot or anything but a start from scratch story featuring the characters Marc created. For a new generation of readers Cyber Force is a modern day story combining the best features of traditional comics, the Bionic Man franchise and current world events in ways that are being seen here first. It really is fresh and interesting stuff going here and I love the fact that it reads so well.
The way the book is structured is fantastic there really is a good solid flow to the information that is revealed to us. Also there is this utterly spectacular way that we see the characters from their own perspective. Carin has the youth, enthusiasm and innocence to not even realise or understand the scope of her decision last issue. Sure being in a wheelchair sucked and she dreamed of running and they gave her the choice to stand on her own two feet so to speak. However everything comes at a price and nothing, absolutely nothing is done altruistically.
I am also very appreciative of the introduction of the villainous side of the book. We as reader can glean a few things from the interaction of the characters and we see the so-called failed version of the experiment that was so successful in Carin. I am beyond thrilled with the job the boys do here with the characterisation of her and the whole showreel of her background was a huge success in my book. This is beyond solid storytelling and it’s great to see this level of work in a superhero style book.
Big fan of the interior artwork here from Atilio. His utilisation of page layouts and how we seet he angles and perspective in the panels shows off an incredible eye for storytelling. The fact that Atilio uses backgrounds so effectively to not only expand the scene, moment and world they inhabit but is able to convey things like movement the way he does is spectacularly well done. Also the ending we see is well done as well and I like that it is so simple and beautiful which is also tasteful. He really makes the book what it is with his ability to portray what is needed in a series like this.
Honestly the fact that there are so many secrets being revealed as well as some serious foreshadowing this early on makes me excited to see what’s coming. Stryker may not have wanted this done to him and while he understands the dangers inherent in Carin accepting this offer that doesn’t mean he’s going to play along willingly. I like that too because while I see one thing in the works that doesn’t mean the boys are going to go that way. Always expect the unexpected and never assume you are right because this book is going to be filled with twists and turns and that much I can guarantee.
This isn’t following the rules of normal comics storytelling. It is full of great stuff already and where we almost see what is going on isn’t a given. The story/plot development alongside the characterisation and interior artwork make this the stand out breakthrough series of the year contender!