First issue cover
|Publisher||Top Cow Productions|
|First appearance||Cyberforce #1|
|Created by||Marc Silvestri|
The Cyberforce comic book series was written and illustrated by Marc Silvestri, but was later illustrated by other artists, including David Finch. The comic was originally published through Homage Studios from 1992 to 1993 as a four-part miniseries. Silvestri then formed Top Cow Productions and Cyberforce was rolled out as a regularly-occurring monthly series. This lasted for 35 issues, appearing between 1994 and 1997, with the first few issues crossing over with Wild C.A.T.s for the "Killer Instinct" story. Since then, Cyberforce has been published by Top Cow.
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; the first five issues were released for free. Silvestri provided concept art for the rebooted 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, marking his first foray into non-Marvel work. The first issue received a positive review from Benjamin Bailey of IGN, who noted that the post-apocalyptic setting was both interesting and genuine and that he enjoyed the story's structure. Though Bailey intimated that the characters were somewhat shallow or not fully fleshed out, the book itself offered readers sufficient reason to anticipate the second issue - an issue he thought should focus more on character development. Commenting on Pham's art, Bailey cited some inconsistencies (particularly with respect to renderings of technology).
Fictional team biography
Volumes one & two
The original comic book focused on a team of mutants who were captured by Cyberdata, an enormous corporation with ambitions of taking over the world, and whose abilities were enhanced with cybernetic implants. The mutants escaped capture and subsequently banded together, as Cyberforce, intent on putting an end to Cyberdata's plans.
The 2006 series began with the team's return from their final mission and centered on a confrontation by their alien forbearers. The team was treated to an updated look, a new base of operations and changes to its roster. Heatwave, Stryker and Impact served as recurring characters throughout the series. Important subplots included the death of Impact and the initiation of a romantic relationship between Ripclaw and Velocity.
In October 2012, a new rebooted version of the comic was released that incorporates elements of cyberpunk.
- 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)
- 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
A half-hour Cyberforce animated series was planned for the 1995–96 season on Fox-TV as part of an hour-long block that included a proposed Youngblood series. Although completed character designs and a model sheet were featured in magazines, the series never progressed past the planning stages.
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