Cyberforce

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Cyberforce
First issue cover
Publication information
Publisher Top Cow Productions
First appearance Cyberforce #1 (Oct. 1992)
Created by Marc Silvestri
In-story information
Base(s) mobile
Member(s) Ballistic
Cyblade
Heatwave
Impact
Ripclaw
Stryker
Velocity

Cyberforce is an Image Comics superhero team created by writer/artist Marc Silvestri in 1992.[1][2]

Publication history[edit]

Cyberforce is a comic book series created by Marc Silvestri. Initially written and illustrated by Silvestri, he later turned his duties over to other artists, including David Finch.[3]

The comic was originally published in 1992-93 as a four-part mini-series through Homage Studios.[citation needed] After Silvestri founded Top Cow Productions, Cyberforce ran as a monthly series from 1994 to 1997 running 35 issues. The first few issues crossed over with Wild C.A.T.s for the "Killer Instinct" storyline spanning Wild C.A.T.S #5-7 and Cyberforce vol. 2 #1-3.[citation needed]

In 2007, the series was revived, written by Ron Marz and drawn by Alex Milne.[citation needed]

On October 17, 2012, Top Cow debuted the fourth volume of a rebooted Cyberforce as part of the company's "Top Cow Rebirth" initiative. Made possible through a Kickstarter campaign, the first five issues were released for free.[4][5] Silvestri provided cyberpunk-influenced art for the rebooted series, while Khoi Pham was brought aboard as illustrator after five years of exclusive work for Marvel Comics.[6] The first issue received a positive review from Benjamin Bailey of IGN, who described the post-apocalyptic setting as both interesting and genuine. Bailey commented that he enjoyed the story's structure but that the characters were not fully fleshed out. The book itself offered readers sufficient reason to anticipate a second issue, which Bailey hoped would focus more on character development. Commenting on Pham's art, he cited some inconsistencies, particularly with respect to renderings of technology.[7]

On July 6, 2015, Top Cow announced that Cyberforce would be relaunched in fall of 2015 as a digital-only series written by Matt Hawkins.[8][9]

Fictional team biography[edit]

Volumes one & two[edit]

The original comic book focused on a team of mutants who were captured by Cyberdata, an enormous corporation planning to take over the world. The mutants were experimented on and had their abilities enhanced with cybernetic implants in hopes to become S.H.O.C.s (Special Hazardous Operations Cyborgs).[citation needed] The mutants subsequently escaped and banded together as Cyberforce, determined to defeat Cyberdata.[citation needed]

Volume three[edit]

The 2006 series began with the team's return from their final mission and centered on a confrontation with their alien forebears.[citation needed] The team was given an updated look, a new base of operations, and changes to its roster.[citation needed] Heatwave, Stryker and Impact served as recurring characters throughout the series, while important subplots included the death of Impact and the initiation of a romantic relationship between Ripclaw and Velocity.[citation needed]

Volume four[edit]

In October 2012, a rebooted version of the comic was released that incorporated elements of cyberpunk.[citation needed]

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]

  • Cyber Force: Origins Volume 1 (collects Cyberforce Vol. 1 #1–4, #0, and Cyberforce Annual #1)
  • Cyber Force: Origins Volume 2 (collects Cyberforce Vol. 2 #1–8, and Cyberforce Origins #1 – Cyblade)
  • Cyber Force: 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)
  • Cyber Force: 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 Television as part of an hour-long block that would also have featured a Youngblood series.[10][11] Although completed character designs and a model sheet were featured in magazines, the series never progressed past the planning stages.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nadler, Lonnie (2012-10-18). "Review: 'Cyber Force' #1". Bloody Disgusting!. Retrieved 2016-01-11. 
  2. ^ "Marc Silvestri Strikes Back With CYBER FORCE". Newsarama.com. 2012-12-27. Retrieved 2016-01-11. 
  3. ^ "David Finch". DC Comics. Retrieved 2016-01-24. 
  4. ^ "SDCC '12: Silvestri Reboots CYBER FORCE, Offers It for Free". Newsarama.com. 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  5. ^ "CCI EXCLUSIVE: Kickstarting "Cyber Force" At Top Cow". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  6. ^ "Cyber Force Returns! by Top Cow Productions — Kickstarter". Kickstarter.com. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  7. ^ Benjamin Bailey 17 Oct 2012 (2012-10-17). "Cyberforce #1 Review". IGN. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  8. ^ "Silvestri Brings New "Cyber Force" Chapters To LINE Webtoon". Comic Book Resources. 2015-07-06. Retrieved 2015-08-30. 
  9. ^ "CYBERFORCE To Return As Digital Series By SILVESTRI & HAWKINS". Newsarama.com. 2015-07-06. Retrieved 2015-08-30. 
  10. ^ "To the Extreme: A conversation with Rob Liefeld". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  11. ^ "The Big Picture: Marc Silvestri". Newsarama.com. 2008-07-15. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 

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