The Top Cow Universe is best known for it's supernatural heroes
Witchblade and the Darkness. The current events in
ARTIFACTS has Ron Marz mingling that aspect with the high-tech arena
of Cyberforce. Here he focuses on one of the members of that team
while giving readers a chance to get to know these characters
Part four of "Decoys" features the super-speedster VELOCITY as she
attempts to thwart the evil Doctor Paine, who has set in motion a
plan to kill her and her teammates with a deadly virus. With only
minutes left to live, the battle boils down to a grand finale that
showcases not only Velocity's master of power but also her
intellect. She proves that there's more to being a hero than just
having special abilities. It's about using those abilities wisely.
The art by Kenneth Rocafort and Sunny Gho is a perfect fit for the
comic. It very much reminded me of Whilce Portacio at his best.
There's a lot of energy in the lines and they do a superb job of
establishing a sci-fi atmosphere. The ending battle was very
exciting and that's due mostly to their design and detail. Mecha
lovers, especially, will enjoy what they pull out of their hat.
But the best quality in VELOCITY is actually Ron Marz's writing. I
found the heroine's constant banter and one-liners amusing and they
never seemed out of place. The snappy dialogue would surely even
make Spider-Man proud. Marz is a very talented writer and he shows
that he has a good grip on the character. While Velocity does
maintain a witty air, she doesn't come off as a goof. There is a
seriousness about her that sneaks out at times, like when she's
being protective of her sister. The different levels of personality
displayed here make her a well rounded individual and thoroughly
With this mini-series winding down, I do hope that we'll be seeing
more of her and Cyberforce when ARTIFACTS comes to a close. It would
be nice to have this creative team tackle an ongoing title starring
the full group.