The top-selling series Cyber Force will return this October to celebrate its 20th anniversary with Image Comics and Top Cow Productions. It will utilize social media to make the first five monthly issues available for free, in both digital and print form. Creator of Cyber Force and Top Cow CEO Mark Silvestri plans to stay true to the original series, but also reach out to new fans by updating the technology and other story concepts. Silvestri explains the appeal of a sci-fi techie book like Cyber Force.
“The best sci-fi has its soul anchored in social commentary and the human condition and then goes nuts with the concepts,” Silvestri says in an Image Comics press release. “Mash those ideas together, add a healthy dose of 21st century paranoia, and voila! You’ve got Cyber Force.”
Sounds about right. At its core, Cyber Force is about cybernetically-enhanced resistance fighters on the run from an international conglomerate. When updated for a modern audience, it is said that the series will be visually “bio-cybernetic steampunk.” Along with Silvestri, the new creative team will include interior artist Khoi Pham (Avengers, Daredevil, The Mighty Thor) and co-writer/Top Cow President Matt Hawkins (Think Tank).
A Kickstarter campaign to make the first five issues free was launched on July 17th, with a goal of $75,000. Rewards for campaign backers include exclusive variant covers, signed prints, a hardcover edition of the issues, and much more. The funding will go towards paying the art team and offsetting print costs, ensuring the first five issues are available for free for everyone.