Review – Velocity #1

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If we’ve done our job right, you’ve been able to pick up this first issue and enjoy it without any additional exposition.

I’ve been staring at teasers to the cover of Velocity #1, from Ron Marz and Kenneth Rocafort and published by Top Cow, for what seems like months and every time I’ve looked forward to the first issue.  There was just something intriguing to the art and the cover, something inviting that made me want to read this issue (I have no idea why I’ve been obsessed with this cover, the last time this happened was NYX #1).  But, when I finally got the chance to read the first issue, did it live up to my built up expectations?  The answer is a resounding “hell yes!”

What I knew coming into this series was Velocity was associated with the team Cyberforce and she was a speedster and that’s about where my knowledge ends.  But like series achieves what it set out to do, be entertaining for those familiar with the material and accessible to those who are not.

Carin Taylor is the fastest woman in the world. At least, she’d better be if she wants to save her own life and the lives of her Cyberforce teammates. When a former Cyberdata scientist — and test subject — seeks revenge against the members of Cyberforce, only Velocity can save her friends before the clock literally runs out. Bringing together writer Ron Marz (Witchblade, Angelus) and artist Kenneth Rocafort (Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer) for the first time. Featuring two covers by Rocafort and Chriscross (Captain Marvel).

The art is fantastic and story has an excellent pace but what stood out to me was the captions/thought bubbles.  The voice used for this is fantastic as Carin narrates her own story.  It’s a great use of the technique and one you don’t see too often.

As a relative newby to the character I easily understood what was going on and looked forward to each page and what was coming next.  While the story isn’t the most creative thing in the world (character must save people before a clock runs out), the voice, action and art are highly entertaining.  I entered as someone new, but it felt familiar and inviting.  At the end of the first issue it felt like I’ve been catching up with old friends.

Mr. Marz I needed no additional exposition.  Job well done.

Plot: The story is pretty simple, Velocity has 60 minutes to save her friends.  The concept isn’t new, but the delivery is excellent.  The narrative and action are spot on and entertaining.  Ron Marz is the man behind the Top Cow universe and again hits a home run with this first issue.  I feel like I’m running out of descriptions to describe his talent, but the man deserves praise for what he pulls off pretty damn consistently.  Each publisher has their heavy hitter that pulls the strings for their universe and Marz is Top Cow’s master puppeteer.  Rating: 9.5

Art: I’m a fan of Kenneth Rocafort’s art.  There’s something dirty, yet clean at the same time to it.  It just fits the feel of the book, a perfect match.  With a speedster as your main character it’s tricky to convey a sense of speed, and Rocafort pulls it off not just with the depiction of the main character but use of panels as well.  The shape and layout of the panels creates a very unique flow that enhances the art.  It’s something to look at over and over and I look forward to see what future issues have in store.  Rating: 9

Overall: Um, did I mention I really dug this issue?  It has two major functions, to be accessible to new readers and entertaining for those who know the subject.  Well, it definitely succeeded in the new reader department.  This is a definite buy, you won’t be disappointed.  Check out a previewOverall rating: 9.25

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 32 pages    Price: $3.99     Release: Wednesday 6/30/2010

Top Cow provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.