Title: Cyber Force #3
Creator: Marc Silvestri
Writer: Matt Hawkins & Bryan Hill
Artist/Cover: Atilio RojoPublication Date: May 30, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “Who is the mother of artificial intelligence? The reimagining of CYBER FORCE continues as the origins of the “Aphrodite Project” are revealed…along with the dark intentions of the group that helped create her.”
Review: Cyber Force #3 describes the creation of Aphrodite, from her earliest origins to her birth. The issue details Dr. Morrigan’s journey from single scientist studying human consciousness to member of Cyber-Data’s secret team working to create life within a machine. From this partnership Aphrodite is born, out of desperation and retaliation, Dr. Morrigan’s final act of defiance.
The issue begins in a flashback from Dr. Morrigan’s early days, before Cyber-Data recruited her. Hawkins and Hill transition from Dr. Morrigan’s private practice to her grueling work within Cyber-Data, creating a somber tone. The writers weave philosophical ideas of life, power, and organic/artificial into the issue, asking the readers to consider what it means to not only live, but become the creators of life. All the while, Hawkins and Hill build a sense of foreboding into the pages, leaving the reading with at the pinnacle of Aphrodite’s story.
Completing Hawkin and Hill’s story is Atilio Rojo’s artwork. His panels range from dark and detailed to vibrant and colorful. Rojo uses warmer tones and softer images to depict Dr. Morrigan’s past, moving to harsher lines and darker colors as the story progresses. The effect is an emotional connection to Dr. Morrigan, grounding the reader in this and future issues.
Like a 21st century Frankenstein, Dr. Morrigan is motivated through emotional and scientific interest to capture and preserve human consciousness. Using that reference as the background, Hawkins and Hill infuse their story with robotics and a secret-government-agency-esque company to complete their epic issue.
The Bottom Line: With familiar story points, but a fresh perspective, Hawkins and Hill create an excellent backstory for their character Aphrodite, while also setting up plot points for future issues. Cyber Force #3 is a stunning issue.