Title: Cyber Force (2018) #4
Writer: Matt Hawkins and Bryan Edward Hill
Artist/Cover: Atilio Rojo
Publication Date: June 27, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “Morgan Stryker doesn’t want his daughter fighting alongside him. He doesn’t trust the android named Aphrodite that has the power to kill him…but he’ll need them both if he’s to stand in the face of Killjoy and a soldier from the future…who wants to keep our future from ever taking place.”
Cyber Force #4 picks up where issue #3 ends. Aphrodite is set on changing the course of history, saving the world in the process. After enlisting the help, I use that word loosely, of Killjoy, the pair make their move on Morgan Styker, her creator. But how’s that old saying go? The best laid plans and whatnot. Aphrodite suffers a defeat, having changed nothing in her attack.
This issue of Cyber Force was full of bittersweet moments. The interactions between Morgan and young Aphrodite show both a softer and younger Aphrodite. Hawkins and Hill really use this relationship to build suspense and interest around the events which have lead to this point. While the writers have revealed some details, they are careful to hold much of the story back, not revealing too much too soon. The final pages of the issue reveal failure, disappointment, and a lack of hope, but in a thoroughly intriguing manner. The result is an exquisite cliffhanger, full of human pain, which once again calls into question whether Aphrodite is more machine or human.
Atilio Rojo’s art once again works well. In this issue, Rojo contrasts future Aphrodite with present Aphrodite by portraying the latter as more youthful, with an almost rose cheeked glow and face unmarred by horror. Future Aphrodite, by contrast, has a more severe look, her face is more rigid, her gaze intensely focused, and her posture purposeful. Playing with this idea of the contrasting Aphrodites, Rojo creates two worlds sterile and clean present and a violent and gritty future.
Issue #4 continues to build on Hawkins and Hill’s storyline, slowly bringing the present and future together. Atilio’s artwork continues to mirror Hawkins and Hill’s words, Though this was another solid issue, the writers will have to be quick to create new plot points if they are to continue at this pace.
The Bottom Line:
Cyber Force (2018) #4 continues to build on the storyline. While the action sequences help move the plot along, the series will need new elements soon to keep the story fresh. Right now, Aphrodite herself is holding it all together, complex and unyielding, a relatable cyborg character.