Cyberforce

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Cyberforce
First issue cover
Publication information
Publisher Top Cow Productions
First appearance Cyberforce #1
Created by Marc Silvestri, Eric Silvestri
In-story information
Base(s) mobile
Member(s) Ballistic
Cyblade
Heatwave
Impact
Ripclaw
Stryker
Velocity

Cyberforce (sometimes rendered as Cyber Force) is an Image Comics superhero team created by artist Marc Silvestri and writer Eric Silvestri in 1992.[1]

Publication history[edit]

Marc Silvestri both wrote and drew the series, but passed drawing duties onto other artists, including David Finch. The title was originally published through Homage Studios, a studio Silvestri shared with Jim Lee, as a four-part mini-series from 1992 to 1993.[citation needed] Soon afterwards, Silvestri formed Top Cow Productions and Cyberforce received a regular monthly series lasting 35 issues from 1994 to 1997, the first few issues crossing over with WildC.A.T.s for the "Killer Instinct" story.[citation needed] Since then, Cyberforce has been published by Top Cow.[2]

In 2006, the series was resurrected with moderate success, written by Ron Marz and drawn by Alex Milne.[citation needed]

On October 17, 2012, Top Cow debuted the fourth volume of Cyberforce, a reboot of the comic, which was funded through Kickstarter and released as part of the company's "Top Cow Rebirth" initiative, with the first five issues being released free.[3][4] Silvestri provided concept art for the retooled series, which incorporates elements of cyberpunk, while Khoi Pham, who had been an exclusive artist for Marvel Comics for five years at that point, was hired to illustrate the series, which marked his first non-Marvel work.[5]

Storylines[edit]

Volume one & two[edit]

The original comic book focused on a team of mutants who had all been captured by Cyberdata, an enormous corporation with ambitions of taking over the world. Cyberdata was run by brilliant scientists who had created advanced cybernetics technology and had employed this technology to create "Special Hazardous Operations Cyborgs" or S.H.O.C.s. The captured mutants had their mutant abilities enhanced with cybernetic implants. The mutants escaped and banded together as Cyberforce to put an end to Cyberdata's plans.

Volume three[edit]

In the 2006 series, the team returns from their final mission and is confronted with a threat by their alien forebearers. The book also established a new look for the team, a new base of operations, and changes to the team's roster, including the return of Heatwave, Stryker and Impact. Impact was subsequently killed later on. Other character arcs explored the romantic relationship between Ripclaw and Velocity.

Volume four[edit]

In 2012, a new version of the comic, which incorporated elements of cyberpunk, was released. The first issue received a positive review from Benjamin Bailey of IGN, who thought the issue was good relative to its free price. He found the post-apocalyptic setting interesting and genuine and enjoyed the structure of the story. Though Bailey found the characters somewhat lacking, he stated that there was enough in the book to interest readers in the second issue, which he stressed needed to provide more character development. Bailey was also underwhelmed by Pham's art, which he felt was inconsistent, particularly with respect to his rendition of technology.[6]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Cyberforce Volume 1, #1-4 (October 1992 - September 1993)
  • Cyberforce Volume 2, #1-35 (November 1993 - September 1997)
  • Cyberforce Volume 3, #0-6 (April 2006 - October 2006)
  • Cyberforce Volume 4, #1-Present (October 2012 - Ongoing)

Collected editions[edit]

  • Cyberforce: Origins Volume 1 (collects Cyberforce Vol. 1 #1-4,#0, and Cyberforce Annual #1)
  • Cyberforce: Origins Volume 2 (collects Cyberforce Vol. 2 #1-8, and Cyberforce Origins #1 - Cyblade)
  • Cyberforce: Origins Volume 3 (collects Cyberforce Vol. 2 #9-16, and Cyberforce Origins #2 - Stryker)
  • Wildcats/Cyberforce: Killer Instinct (collects WildC.A.T.S. Covert Action Teams #5-7 and Cyberforce Vol. 2 #1-3)
  • Cyberforce: Assault with a deadly woman (collects Cyberforce Vol. 2 #4-7)Cyberforce: Origins Volume 4 (collects Cyberforce Vol. 2 #17-25)
  • Cyberforce Volume 1 (collects Cyberforce Vol. 3 #1-6, #0)
  • Cyberforce: Rebirth Volume 1 (collects Cyberforce Vol. 4 #1-5)
  • Cyberforce: Rebirth Volume 2 (Collects Cyberforce Vol. 4 #6-10)
  • Cyberforce: The Tin Men of War (collects Cyberforce Vol.1 #1-4)

1995-96 animated series[edit]

A half-hour Cyberforce animated series was planned for the 1995-96 season on Fox as part of an hour block with a proposed Youngblood series.[7][8] The series never got beyond planning stages with completed character designs and a model sheet was featured in magazines.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marc Silvestri Strikes Back With CYBER FORCE". Newsarama.com. 2012-12-27. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  2. ^ "Review: Cyber Force #1". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  3. ^ "SDCC '12: Silvestri Reboots CYBER FORCE, Offers It for Free". Newsarama.com. 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  4. ^ "CCI EXCLUSIVE: Kickstarting "Cyber Force" At Top Cow". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  5. ^ "Cyber Force Returns! by Top Cow Productions — Kickstarter". Kickstarter.com. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  6. ^ Benjamin Bailey 17 Oct 2012 (2012-10-17). "Cyberforce #1 Review". IGN. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  7. ^ "To the Extreme: A conversation with Rob Liefeld". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  8. ^ "The Big Picture: Marc Silvestri". Newsarama.com. 2008-07-15. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 

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