A rebooted Cyber Force is returning to the Image Comics' line-up in 2017, with former writer Matt Hawkins, co-writer Bryan Edward Hill, and artist Atilio Rojo. First announced on CBR, this new Cyber Force series is scheduled to run monthly for 25 issues with no skip months.
"We wanted to do something special with the 25th anniversary of the company and Cyber Force’s launch so it made sense to do something new," said Hawkins. "Cyber Force: Rebirth reintroduced a lot of these characters to readers and Aphrodite IX and IXth Generation all tied into one larger storyline. You won’t have to have read any of those to jump in here though as we have a timeline reset based on events in IXth Generation Volume 2 where Aphrodite IX killed the Chairwoman (the main antagonist) when she was seven by using the Wheel of Shadows to go back in time. We’re not playing a multiverse concept; more of a reality gets overwritten idea. I love string theory and multiverse ideas, but to base human perception there really only seems to be one linear timeline and we’re rolling with that."
The first story-arc begins just before the formation of the Cyber Force, following Morgan Stryker and his daughter Carin (who eventually become Stryker and Velocity) and how they become cyborgs and get involved with Cyberdata.
"So this story starts before Cyber Force is formed and takes us through a semi-familiar origin story with a few twists and a hidden antagonist that has risen to replace the Chairwoman’s original role," said Hawkins.
Promising a 25-issue monthly run without any skip months is a bold move, but Hawkins said he's seen the affects of late books on titles before.
"It’s a commitment to the direct market and comic book stores and telling them they can get behind this series and it’ll come out on time and for a long time so if they turn readers onto it in their stores they’ll be able to sell it over a longer period of time," said Hawkins. "I’ve had many retailers complain to me about the skip months to get the trades out as a reason for readers to only buy the trades."
Original creator Marc Silvestri is involved in the development of the rebooted Cyber Force, as well as doing new character designs and covers.