Velocity #1 is
the latest comic to be released under Top Cow Studios Pilot Season
program. Unlike the latest Pilot Season comics it actually won the
Pilot Season completion back in 2007 and now it’s ready to branch
out on its own. So how does the superhero comic fair?
revolves around Carin Taylor who looks like, acts like and sounds
like your normal girl…except she has a cybernetic chip in her body
that amplifies her natural speed to enable her to run at about Mach
7. She also has experimental Kevlar under her skin to reduce the
heat friction from running so fast. So Carin isn’t actually that
normal after all, in fact she’s a superhero who is part of the
Cyberforce with other cybernetic heroes.
shows why Carin Taylor and the Velocity story was one of the Pilot
Season winners. The comic moves at such an incredible pace, like
Carin, that so much information has been poured into one issue and
yet you don’t feel overwhelmed by all the information. Ron Marz has
created a delicate balance between keeping the story moving along
quickly, which is what you’d expect from a super fast hero, and
keeping it engaging and easy to follow, not an easy task.
Carin finds herself the target of a mad
scientist, the only kind who seems to appear in comics, who is
somewhat fixated on her and his fixation means bad news for not only
Carin but the Cyberforce as well. The narrative takes an interesting
approach with the story back tracking and also showing what is going
to happen in the future, but these elements are integrated into the
story well so they aren’t confusing.
What really helps to make Velocity an
enjoyable read is the narration from Taylor. She sounds like a
normal young person in the way she talks. It’s a very casual, matter
of fact tone like, for instance, the opening pages where she states
“I run fast. Actually, I do pretty much everything fast. Dismantle
killer cyborgs fast…run fast…jump fast…dodge energy blasts fast.
Fast.” She sounds very much like “Yeah I’m a hero now, deal with it
because I have” and that’s very much how Carin Taylor is portrayed.
The mad scientist is typically mad and his fixation on Carin is
almost disturbing, perfect for a villain.
The artwork is solid and I’m really digging the
almost sketch book style. There are a lot of pencil lines visible in
the artwork but it doesn’t give a look of being unfinished. At time
the design of Velocity was a bit odd. She looked quite young almost
childish, like in the cinema panel, and then at other times she was
this gorgeous, full figured woman. Maybe they were trying to show
that she’s innocent and not fully come to grips with her role as a
hero yet? Meanwhile the action looked good with Carin largely
fighting robots that looked pretty impressive and had a wide variety
of weapons, which kept things fresh.
Overall Velocity #1 was a good first
issue. It introduces you to the character and sets up a really
interesting story (which I didn’t detail too much for fear of
spoilers) in a way that’s friendly towards first time readers (in
the Cyberforce universe), has some solid artwork and even a
sneak peek at the upcoming Artifact series.