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PREVIEW: 'Nuclear Family' #1 by Stephanie Phillips, Tony Shasteen, and JD Mettler

 America, 1957. Elvis dominates the airwaves and apple pie is served after every meal. But, with the dark cloud of nuclear holocaust looming, Korean War vet Tim McClean’s major concern is taking care of his family in the atomic age. When the first bomb does drop on an unexpecting Midwest city, Tim and his family find themselves plunged into a strange new world, where what’s left of the United States has gone underground while continuing to wage war on Russia with unthinkable tactics. Based on Philip K. Dick’s short story Breakfast at Twilight , NUCLEAR FAMILY is written by  Stephanie Phillips ( Butcher of Paris, Heavy Metal , ARTEMIS AND THE ASSASSIN, RED ATLANTIS) and illustrated by Tony Shasteen ( Star Trek ). It’s Cold War-era science fiction at its most timely and terrifying. As Phillips explained when interviewed about the series by The Hollywood Reporter at the end of last year, “[it’s] about a family that seems like the ideal nuclear family in the 1950s. But, when an unexpected

REVIEW: 'Cyber Force' #3 by Bryan Hill, Matt Hawkins, and Atilio Rojo

The story of Aphrodite is the focus of 'Cyber Force' #3. This compelling chapter continues to build the new world of Top Cow's reimagined original title. Corporate greed leads to murder and coercion until one doctor's obsession results in a powerful revelation.


CYBER FORCE #3   

Writer: Matt Hawkins, Bryan Hill
Artist: Atilio Rojo
Letterer: Troy Peteri
Editor: Elena Salcedo
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: May 30, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99

Score: ★★★★1/2 (4.5/5)

Marc Silvestri released 'Cyber Force' twenty-six years ago and this second reboot of the former flagship series rests in the hands of writers Bryan Hill and Matt Hawkins. It was only a matter of time before we'd get the whereabouts of the sentient android Aphrodite. Hill and Hawkins dedicate this issue to her story, and it's probably the best in the series so far. We get very little Carin and Morgan in order to give what is essentially an unnerving scientific horror story. 

Cyber Data is the organization at the center of series and the catalyst for everything that's gone wrong. While they may be forming a team with Stryker and his daughter now, they at one time recruited and funded the research of Dr. Morrigan and her pursuit of transferring human consciousness. Her tedious work made Cyber Data impatient as they bullied and threatened her to make more progress. The organization that once believed in her wanted a return on its investment or else. 

This exposes Cyber Data's corrupt and unethical standards that include murder. As committed as Dr. Morrigan was to find a way to transfer consciousness into an android, Cyber Data was more committed to pushing her along. This lays the foundation for Aphrodite's motivations going forward in a nice change for her origin story. By the end, it'll feel like an episode of Black Mirror where technology becomes so perverted and twisted that advancement comes at a high price. 

Atilio Rojo's does all the art duties here and it's excellent. The line work is flawless, the colors are deep and rich but most of all Rojo is a great storyteller. So much of the story is told reactionary expressions from all the characters. Most panels will have a character's face reacting to something and Rojo conveys all those feelings - anger, pain, shock, disbelief, concern - with expert precision. 

'Cyber Force' #3 is the latest building block that stands on its own as an origin story for Aphrodite. Hill and Hawkins are taking their time introducing these characters and how they fit together. It's the right approach to be deliberate but compelling as they create this new rebooted universe for new and old readers alike. It hums with tension and suspense seizing your attention until the shocking end. 'Cyber Force' is a worthwhile read that merges superheroes, sci-fi, horror, and action into one irresistible concoction.  



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