Marc Silvestri's "Cyber Force" is returning in a format that truly lives up to it's tech-forward name. As announced via press release, the series will return as an exclusive part of LINE Webtoon's digital offerings, with new comic book chapters of the series arriving this fall. The new installments will be written by Matt Hawkins, who preciously co-wrote a number of issues in the most recent "Cyber Force" print series with Silvestri. No artist has yet been announced for the new chapters.
"LINE Webtoon is at the forefront of digital comics technology, as well as an innovator in how comics are experienced by readers and in developing the future of digital platforms for creators," said Silvestri in the release. "We've already been deeply involved in developing the next 'Cyber Force' storyline for the app, and the results are going to truly blow our fans away."
LINE Webtoon launched in the United States in 2014 after more than a decade of existence in Korea. Founder and Head of the serivce, JunKoo Kim, said that the addition of "Cyber Force" to their roster of titles is a "key part" of their strategy for translating their overseas success to America.
"We're thrilled to be able to offer 'Cyber Force' exclusively on the Webtoon platform for free to all our readers and we can't wait to have our fans experience the comic in this new format for the first time -- something only LINE Webtoon can provide," said Kim in the statement.
"Cyber Force" debuted back in 1992 as one of the first offerings from Image Comics; the series went on to spearhead Silvestri's Top Cow Productions and was relaunched in 2012 through Top Cow and financed through Kickstarter.
Additionally, Top Cow will team up with LINE Webtoon to make the new "Cyber Force" a "multi-platform experience" that will allow fans to explore the Top Cow universe. Hawkin's "Aprodite IX" is expected to be "deeply tied" to the events of LINE Webtoon's "Cyber Force" series. New chapters of "Cyber Force" will be made available on LINE Webtoon "in the near future."
Official press release
HIT FRANCHISE CYBER FORCE LAUNCHES NEW CHAPTERS EXCLUSIVELY ON LINE WEBTOON
Image Comics and Top Cow CEO and renowned comic creator, Marc Silvestri, develops legendary title specifically for LINE Webtoon's revolutionary platform
LOS ANGELES, July 6, 2015 - LINE Webtoon, the popular digital comic service pioneering the distribution and consumption of comics worldwide, has announced that renowned creator Marc Silvestri will be launching the next chapter of his hit comic series, Cyber Force, created by Silvestri and written by famed comics scribe Matt Hawkins, exclusively on LINE Webtoon beginning in Fall 2015.
"When LINE Webtoon launched in the U.S. in 2014, we always had a vision of adding premium content by the best comic minds in the industry to our platform; Adding Marc Silvestri to our stable of already impressive creators is a key part of this strategy," said JunKoo Kim, Founder and Head of LINE Webtoon. "We're thrilled to be able to offer Cyber Force exclusively on the Webtoon platform for free to all our readers and we can't wait to have our fans experience the comic in this new format for the first time - something only LINE Webtoon can provide."
Already a huge success for more than 10 years in Korea, LINE Webtoon launched in the U.S. in 2014, and is rapidly expanding with the onboarding of new artists, partners, expansion of ways to interact with the content, and much more.
"LINE Webtoon is at the forefront of digital comics technology, as well as an innovator in how comics are experienced by readers and in developing the future of digital platforms for creators," said Marc Silvestri. "We've already been deeply involved in developing the next Cyber Force storyline for the app, and the results are going to truly blow our fans away."
Cyber Force, the top-selling title in the history of Silvestri's company Top Cow, has been in publication for over 20 years. Makers of hit comics such as The Darkness, Wanted, and Witchblade, Top Cow created Cyber Force as a tale of cybernetically enhanced freedom fighters. It became so popular that it was printed in 21 languages and still stands as one of the highest selling independent comics in history. Additionally, the latest two trades will be reformatted and available on LINE Webtoon for new readers to catch up before the new chapters begin.
Additionally, LINE Webtoon and Top Cow are developing the series as a multi-platform experience for fans who keep up with the rest of the Top Cow universe. The title Aphrodite IX, written by Top Cow president Matt Hawkins, will be deeply tied to the events of Cyber Force on LINE Webtoon, driving fans from the print editions of Aphrodite IX to the weekly chapters on LINE Webtoon and back.
Fans will be able to read Cyber Force by visiting http://www.webtoons.com in the near future. To download the official LINE Webtoon app, visit the Apple App Store and Google Play.