Written By: Bryan Hill & Matt Hawkins
Art By: Atilio Rojo
Lettered By: Troy Peteri
The new issue of Cyber Force continues along with some small steps. We get a brief notice on the state of the world after the global blackout occurred. Our main focus here is with Doctor Domonique as Aphrodite modified her body to save her life. Now looking like Stryker and Carin, she awakes in shock to see what she has become. We see a lot of self-concerning questions being asked here. Aphrodite knows what she did was to save a life but at what cost? She continues to develop emotions that are very human and Carin can see that. Stryker and Ripclaw are out as they seek to take out Leviathan. When the three of them meet, it’s an all-out brawl. The issue gives a ton of great action and isn’t shy to show quite a bit of blood. Stryker and Ripclaw show that they can fight well on their own and it’s very apparent that they’re not well at combat together as they struggle in the fight, but this is mainly due to them never teaming up before.
The art by Atilio Rojo is very strong here. One thing I never really realized what made his art style really helps evoke the horror of the situation and scenery for our characters. From the inking, shading, and coloring, it all feels very grim with a little bit of hope for them to come out on top but it will not be an easy time for them. We have a couple of great splash pages that make the action feel like it really pops out at you. I also really enjoyed the style of lettering used for Aphrodite when she is having her own internal thoughts.
Cyber Force has a lot here that makes a comic book fun and worth the investment. From its main characters, tragic events, entertaining action, and they want to know more is what continues to bring me back to the series. Even though there is a lot of history with past series, it’s very clear that the purpose here is so that new fans could be made kind of like me. The questions of morality with the decision making that comes where you basically trade your life makes these characters real as we know that many are willing to give up a lot just to be with someone. Then there’s the part where you make the decision without knowing how the other person will feel and you just hope for the best result but it may not be a very welcoming reaction.