Mark Silvestri, one of Image Comics founding fathers, is looking to reboot “Cyber Force”, the original series he broke away from Marvel to create twenty years ago, and he needs your help. Silvestri has plans to reboot the series as a new five issue mini-series that will free across comic shops and digitally through Comixology. In order to fund the project Silvestri is looking to raise $75,000 via the crowdsourcing site Kickstarter.
The series will be co-written by Mark Silvestri and Top Cow publisher Matt Hawkins with art by Khoi Pham, who previously worked on “X-Men”, “The Avengers” and “X-Factor” for Marvel.
The KickStarter rewards being offered for this project are pretty amazing with Top Cow offering original sketches ($500), a one-on-one one hour art lesson with Silvestri ($1,000) or you can achieve comic book immortality by having character in the book named after you (2,500). The rewards for those that pledge are endless, but if you don’t have a huge bankroll you can always get the best bang for your buck with an exclusive hardcover edition of the series, as well as each of the five KickStarter variant covers for a mere $50 pledge. Don’t get left behind or you will be stuck bidding on the variant covers on Ebay for big money after this this gets published.
In a recent interview with the LA Times Marc Silvestri said:
“While most everybody uses Kickstarter to fund a project in order to build it and then sell it, we at Top Cow are going to use the funds to build “Cyber Force” and give it away — for free! Plus we’re not talking just one issue but five full issues of the comic. And it won’t be free just digitally, but also as a full-color printed comic that will be available at any participating comic shop. So for people that want to read “Cyber Force” digitally — yes, including torrent sites — it’s free. And for anyone wanting to hold a traditional comic in their hands to read it — it’s still free. We figure this is a great way to reward loyal comic fans plus get new people to get onboard reading comics and see what they’ve been missing. Plus it allows fans to actually get involved in the comic making process and be part of something truly groundbreaking that will help all of us that love the genre. ”Cyber Force” obviously holds a special spot in my heart, so I’ll be doing all the concept art and working very closely with artist Khoi Pham. Plus I’ll be writing the book along with Top Cow President Matt Hawkins. I’m really excited and proud of what we’ve done with the stories and characters and believe that fans both old and new are gonna love all the surprises.”
The project currently sits at $10,229 raised of their $75,000 goal. Those interested in contributing to the funding of the project can do so online.