The best thing that I can say about this series is that there isn’t anything else out there like it. So… I guess “original” would be the word to use there. I like this book. I reviewed it several months ago, and I thought that it was okay, but this is one of those things that you apparently have to stick with so that you can really get what it’s all about. I’m glad that I kept with it. These Top Cow characters have always been a little different than anything else that you saw in the comic book universe, so that’s a positive, but I think a team of them was just a little overwhelming at first. Either way, if you’re not reading Cyber Force, I’m not going to try to cram it down your throat, but it’s pretty cool. I like it, and you probably would too, especially if you started from the first issue. But remember, this is a reboot, so if you’re curious at all about the beginnings of Cyber Force, I suggest giving the earlier stuff a read as well. Ripclaw is ready for payback. Until Velocity came barging into his life with a ton of baggage, he was pretty well off. But now he has a reason to fight, and fight he will. Killjoy has become a total pain in the rear end of team Cyber Force, and Ripclaw apparently has taken issue with that.
Do your research before reading this issue, or just read a bunch of Cyber Force books, because there is a lot of lingo in this issue, specific to this universe that you will find incredibly confusing. Or maybe it’s just me, I don’t know. However, it is well written. Even when I have to refresh my memory on what Silvestri may be talking about in the dialogue of any of his books, I still get a kick out of whatever I eventually find it to mean. I feel like that sentence is a little confusing, sorry.
And the art, it’s pretty cool. Thinking back on the last issue of this that I reviewed, I said something like, the art resembles Silvestri’s own work too much, but it seemed a lot more consistent this time. It still feels like a Silvestri book, but maybe that’s the point. Maybe he’s a narcissist. But it takes one to know one, right?
So let me just say this about the overall experience this month. If I had no idea who was writing it or who was drawing it, I’d think that this issue was pretty alright. And I mean that in the most complimentary way. I never have to worry about it being boring or derivative, and that is freaking awesome. So in closing, I would give this book a chance if you haven’t already. It’s one of the few books out there that is still under the $2.99 mark that is actually worth it. That should be motivation enough right there.
Writer: Marc Silvestri Artist: Marco Turini Publisher: Image/Top Cow Price: $2.99 Release Date: 5/7/14 Format: Ongoing, Print/Digital