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Featured Review: @TopCow Cyber Force #9 @Marc_Silvestri @TopCowMatt @marcoturini @ImageComics

Cyber Force #9


Ripclaw had a wife, a son, and his anonymity before Velocity stumbled into his life with a trigger-happy convoy of S.H.O.C.s on her tail. Now it’s time for payback.


See the 8-page preview of Cyber Force #9


See the Review Rating Overview page for more information on how I rate each comic

Cover & Solicit 4/5

This issues cover is beautifully drawn by the legendary Marc Silvestri, and colored by Sunny Gho (Powergirl, Artifacts, Secret Warriors). It's a very impressive cover of Killjoy attacking Cyber Force. While Velocity is not involved in the fight it does demonstrate what happens in the issue. Spoiler as it does also give away the fate of Ripclaw.

Art, Colors & Inking 4/5

Like last two issue, the art in this issue is again drawn by Marco Turini (Squadron Supreme, Ant Unleashed). His characters look great, and I like the way he draws the techno-cybernetics. But again like prior issues there seems to be a lack of fine detail. After disliking the colors last issue I'm actually impressed this time. The coloring of Andy Troy (Spawn, Wolverine Origins) looks great.

Layout & Flow 4/5

I mention it every time but I really appreciate that Top Cow takes the time to put in the little previous issue pages. The pacing in this issue seemed all over the place. It's a combination of time passing since last issue, and multiple events taking place at the same time. There is also a segment where Killjoy shows up with her crew, but when they got back together and why they are attacking when they do doesn't seem to line up and is missing explanation. This issue had a few slow moments but did get exciting toward the end. Again Marco did a great job with the action sequences and they were easy to follow.

Story 4/5

Marc Silvestri (Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine, The Darkness) continues to do a great job. This issue did seem a little all over as I mentioned in the flow section, but the story was great. It starts with Ripclaw seeing his family presumably in heaven before being brought back to life to his dismay. We then find out that CDI has started to implement their Aphrodite Protocols and it is causing major issues across the country. Next we jump again to Killjoy and the Chairwoman for another single page discussing Killjoys endgame and that she hasn't killed the Chairwoman because she needs her to escape after the world drowns. We are eventually taken back to Cyber Force where they discuss the fact that CDI's information is readily available and they need to worry about China and Russia because they also have endgames similar to the Aphrodite Protocols. This was an interesting concept as it provided future stories for the team, instead of just running from CDI they can actually do something worthwhile. At the end of the issue we get back to the action as Killjoy is coming for Cyber Force and Ripclaw. It also seems Killjoy worked out and agreement with the Chairwoman and seeks to bring Velocity back to CDI. What can Cyber Force do against a Medusa Series in the form of Killjoy? I don't know but I can't wait to see how things turn out in Cyber Force #10 next month.

Verdict - 4 - (8/10) (Buy Cyber Force) SAVE 10%

I had a hard time with this issue. The art by Marco was great and Silvestri did a great job with the story. It was more about pacing and flow as we are taking back and forth between scenes most of which lasted for less than a page. There are also moments where the events weren't outlined as well as I would have liked before they happened. The issue did however redeem itself toward the end as we discover multiple endgames in effect and get the confrontation between Killjoy and Cyber Force. I can't wait to see how issue #10 turns out and the upcoming Aphrodite IX/Cyber Force crossover.


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