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VELOCITY

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Carin Taylor is the fastest woman in the world. At least, she’d better be if she wants to save her own life and the lives of her Cyberforce teammates. When a former Cyberdata scientist — and test subject — seeks revenge against the members of Cyberforce, only Velocity can save her friends before the clock literally runs out.

So Velocity #1 won Top Cow’s 2007 pilot season, although it took almost 3 years for them to publish a follow-up, this time with a new creative team. This time writer Ron Marz and artist Kenneth Rocafort team up to give us this new 4-issue miniseries featuring Image Comics founder Marc Silvestri’s young superheroine. I saw this on Comixology along with the Pilot Season issue last night, and bought the series.

The story begins with Velocity trying to take a day off and enjoy herself at the movies, when she’s suddently attacked by several robots, who are equipped with weapons to match her super-speed. She’s captured by another mad scientist, this one whom we learn was an original founder of Cyberdata, one of the first to work on developing the cybernetic program that created Velocity and her teammates in Cyberforce. But against his superior’s wishes, he tested his technology on himself, turning himself into a hideous cyborg, and for that he was fired and dismissed. He turned in anger against the members of Cyberforce, because their later cyborg implants were more effective and allow them to live somewhat normal lives in public. So he had a series of robotic doubles of Velocity contact each member of Cyberforce and inject them with a computer virus which he says will destroy their implants and kill them, all within one hour. And he’s personally done the same to Velocity, and his keeping her prisoner so he can watch her die in front of him. Velocity manages to escape, and runs off to try and save herself and her teammates, with only one hour to go…

That’s the end of the first issue. The rest of the series has her running to each of her teammates, who are spread out across the country, and may not trust her because of what those robot doubles of hers did to them.. She has to find a cure and then administer to them in time, all the while a squad of those robots from before are after her, trying to recapture her. Marz manages to keep the suspense up throughout this miniseries. A handy timer appears several times in each issue, counting down how much time Velocity has left. And even though I haven’t kept up with what’s been going on with the Cyberforce characters since the original series, for the most part I had no trouble keep up with what was happening. Although each issue comes with some handy profiles in the back giving us an update on whom the primary character are and what they’ve been up to.

Rocafort’s artwork is very nice here. Not as clean as Maguire’s and there are some elements of cheesecake in some panels and covers. But he’s given a lot to portray here from killer robots to Velocity’s super-speed actions, and he does it well. This is an exciting miniseries from start to finish. And best of all, it’s pretty cheap, with the first issue being available on Comixology for just 0.99 cents and the next 3 issues for $1.99 each. This miniseries gets a Chacebook rating of FIVE STARS

Buy it NOW on Comixology

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