It’s hard to believe that this year marks the twentieth anniversary of Marc Silvestri’s Cyber Force, the book that helped him launch his Image Comics imprint, Top Cow Productions. To celebrate its birthday, Image and Top Cow announced yesterday via press release plans for a Silvestri-helmed “re- imagining” of the book in October.
The re-launch is being handled in quite an unconventional way. On July 17, Top Cow launched a Kickstarter with ambitions of raising the $75,000 dollars it would take to produce the first five issues of the series. If they achieve their goal, they will make those issues available free, both digitally and in print.
Rewards being offered to backers range from a hardbound collection of the first five issues to “sessions” with Silvestri and Cyber Force co-writer/Top Cow co-president Matt Hawkins; for a complete rundown of what is being offered, visit their Kickstarter page. In only two days, they’ve managed to rake in nearly $13,000; they have 29 more days to pull in the rest of the $75,000.
Here’s a primer for Cyber Force from ComicVine for those unfamiliar with the book. If you are familiar with the book and worried the new project will be too heavily re-imagined, fear not; Image and Top Cow both promise it will be familiar enough to appeal to old school fans.