Published on May 1st, 2013 | by Richard Boom
Review: Aphrodite IX #1
This FCBD-book is superspicy exciting in that it is just plain and simple the first issue of a complete new series, which will NOT be reprinted in a regular #1-fashion and only most likely via the paperback-approach, which publishers just love to publish and fans just love to obtain.
The attractiveness of the cover to Aphrodite IX #1 is obviously the design, rich colours and lovely details but with two elements that spark the imagination, namely the infusion of science and fables, as we see our beloved green-haired girl riding a dragon, while sitting on his back on some sort of high-end jet-ski saddle. Via the cover the creators immediately seem to differentiate the era of the book as compared to other Top Cow series in which Aphrodite has been introduced lately, as well as from the earlier David Finch pencilled mini-series, since that was mostly a futuristic approach.
In opening the book we immediately see and read via the voice-over as well are being treated visually by the pages in front of us, that there are two factions in this new world, cooked up by Matt Hawkins, self-proclaimed narcissist!
The two factions in this book are approaching life very differently, though both are as human as they can be since the only thing they know to do, is wage war!
One faction is believing the way of science as holy and they have been exchanging body parts with mechanical substitutes as parts shut down, prolonging life even. The others are genetically altered beings, riding on huge dragon-like gen-creatures and equally bend on destroying the other faction, fighting over just a fraction of the Earth NOT devastated by prior wars.
It is sad, really, that it always revolves around this. Let us hope that Team AIX will find an answer out of this misery called humanity, to let them find hope before all is turned into ruins and bloodshed, chaos and destruction, mayhem and eventual extinction.
On a lighter note: comics are the best way for escapism and AIX #1 sure makes me wonder what will happen next!
Back to the story: Aphrodite is discovered when the gene-faction crashes and finds her cocoon. They take her in, but the science-faction finds her handler and this might prove a sure thing to tumble the balance for now and ever. Great jumping-on point, for sure!
- Words: Matt Hawkins
- Art: Stjepan Sejic
- Publisher: Top Cow
- Price: $0.00
- Release Date: May 4, 2013