Image Comics and Top Cow Productions announced the return of Cyber Force, in celebration of the title’s twentieth anniversary, in October 2012. yes, you read that right. It has been twenty years…Excuse me while I go over here and feel old for a moment. Marc Silvestri returns to the title that helped launch Image Comics. He signs on as co-writer, art director, and cover artist.
Cyber Force has gained a great deal of attention lately because of its unique marketing approach. The first five issues (to be published monthly) will be available for free, both digitally and in print thanks to a Kickstarter campaign launched earlier this month. (Note: as of this posting, the Kickstarter campaign has raised approximately $21,000 of its goal)
Rewards for backers of the Kickstarter campaign, which has a goal of $75,000, include exclusive variant covers, a signed print, a hardcover edition of the collected first five issues, a smartphone case, original art, and one-on-one sessions with Matt Hawkins and Marc Silvestri. There are also several special rewards for comic book retailers who pledge — including exclusive signings by Marc Silvestri! The funding will not only go toward paying the art team but also toward offsetting print costs, thus ensuring the first five issues are available for free.
So, basically, all the variants and exclusives which would be associated with massive orders by retailers are being held for backers of the Kickstarter campaign who are willing to pay for those exclusives. I’m actually supportive of this idea. I really don’t care about exclusives and variants when it comes to comics. My speculating days are over. I would really prefer a quality comic at a good price. This deal ensures that i will at least be checking out the first few issues of Cyber Force, something I would not be able to say if I was forced to spend $3.99 on it.
For what it is worth, Silvestri seems pretty excited to get Cyber Force back on the stands. “My obsession growing up was sci-fi and fantasy and the concept of Cyber Force has always been ripe for mining those genres,” said Silvestri. “The best sci-fi has its soul anchored in social commentary and the human condition and then goes nuts with the concepts. Comic books are unique in that they can add to that the thrill of wish fulfillment,” he added. “Mash those ideas together add a healthy dose of 21st century paranoia, and voila! You’ve got Cyber Force.”
Silvestri describes Cyberforceas an exploration of the consequences when technology — the product of humanity’s own intelligence — has interfered with the order of natural development. “We’re creating a world our species can’t survive in,” Silvestri said. “The end is coming and Mega Corporation Cyber Data Industries knows this when it happens. And now, a young girl named Velocity knows too.”
Cyberforce joins a growing list of “classic” image titles such as Youngblood, Glory, and Prophet which have made their return to publication
Handling art chores is artist Khoi Pham (Avengers, Daredevil, The Mighty Thor, and X-Men) and writing will be handled by Silvestri and Top Cow President Matt Hawkins.