I won’t try and fool any of you and write this review without letting you know up front I am a huge fan of Cyberforce, especially Cyberforce characters written by Ron Marz. Over the last few years, Ron Marz has breathed new life into these characters and has really gotten me excited about anything that they appear in and that he is writing. So, a book about Velocity seems to be a no-brainer – I’m going to enjoy it. Right?
I know a few of us have been wondering where this series has been considering Velocity won the very first Top Cow Pilot Season contest. And while people can complain that it took “forever” to get here – get over it. I think complaining about how long it took for something to get into your grubby little hands gets in the way of the fact you actually have it in your hands! Yeah, I got disappointed in not seeing this issue on the week’s shipping list for a little while, but I also know that the waiting just makes it all the better.
This issue introduces a new villain for Velocity and the rest of the Cyberforce team to face off against – someone from their Cyberdata days. The character is all new from what I can tell, but it really doesn’t matter – he’s a creepy dude for sure. There is a bit of a Cameron Hodge from the X-Tinction Agenda storyline, feel I get when looking at him, but given the history he gives to Velocity his current form makes a lot of sense. I’ll take it as pure coincidence. Like I said, this new villain (who doesn’t even give his name which is interesting) is a rather creepy guy and I love how it really does seem like he has the upper hand on Velocity, but there’s a twist I had even forgotten about that changes that. Now, this is just the first issue, so I’m not spoiling anything – I hope I’m not.
As I said before, Ron Marz has a great understanding of Velocity and really makes her out to be a very hyper-active teenager. Her dialogue in the opening sequence is really fun. If I had to complain a bit it’s the jabs at DC’s Flash. I will admit it’s funny to read, but I’m not entirely sure it was necessary. Other than that small bit of dialogue I think the issue is a great read and really shows how much potential this miniseries has.
There’s little I can say about Kenneth Rocafort’s art that hasn’t been said before. Rocafort’s style is incredibly expressive without being over rendered. I think what is such a great move is that the lack over rendering allows Sunny Gho to get into these pages and make them explode with some incredible coloring. The art is just top notch – no doubt.
If you’re new to Velocity and to Cyberforce I really think this would be something that would be a great introduction for you. I don’t know how much Cyberforce we’ll get in this miniseries, but it could easily serve as a chance for you to get to know them from Velocity’s perspective. I would recommend picking up the Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer miniseries that recently concluded as this takes place afterwards and is by the same creative team. For all of you long time fans, like me, I think you’ll enjoy this issue as well. I’m looking forward to what happens as this miniseries progresses.
Rating: 9 out of 10 (On Its Way to Greatness!)