Writer: Mark Waid
Art: Kenneth Rocafort
Colors: Sunny Gho of IFS
Letters: Troy Peteri
Design: Chaz Riggs
Publisher: Top Cow/Image Comics
Cyberforce has been a favorite of mine since their very first appearance back in 1992. Hunter-Killer became an immediate favorite for much of the same reason I enjoyed Cyberforce. Both titles were big concept and lots of action and excitement. Mark Waid is back to bring these two teams together and it will definitely be interesting to see what he has up his sleeves.
In this issue readers are reintroduced to all of the main characters for Hunter-Killer in a fairly unique way. Damper, one of the Hunter-Killer team members, is captured and is being interrogated by his unknown captors. Everything anyone needed to know about the Hunter-Killer series is in this interrogation. The reveal in this issue that Damper has been captured by Ellis, a rogue Hunter-Killer tracker, wasn’t too much of a surprise, but it was a nice touch. There’s more to this issue but you won’t get it from me.
The set up to this issue is pretty straight forward, but don’t let that sway you from reading this issue. I think this miniseries needs to be set up so that new readers can come in as easy as older readers and not miss a beat. This issue does enough set up and introduction as well as nudge the overall story forward that I’m curious to see what comes next.
The art in this issue is done by the amazing Kenneth Rocafort. Rocafort has been getting some attention over at Marvel for his work on Astonishing Tales and deservingly so, but it’s nice to see him working with these characters and really adding a nice look to the miniseries. Rocafort just has a unique look about his work that runs between detail and loose pencils depending on what’s going on with the page. This book is full of some pretty nice looking panel layouts that really give some kinetic flow to the story and engage the reader making this a very fun book to read as well as look at.
While I’m a sucker for anything that Top Cow publishes its not because of blind faith. Top Cow has really been putting together some great creative teams who are really pouring their all into the projects they are working on. This miniseries is a solid one from the writing to the art, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.