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Velocity #2

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Velocity #2

It’s ironic that the speedster member of Cyberforce took so long in getting her own solo series, but Ron Marz and Kenneth Rocafort craft a story that showcases the hero and allows her to stand on her own. Used as a pawn to infect all of her teammates, Velocity must race to find a cure or they’ll all be dead in less than an hour, and so will she. It’s a solid concept that wouldn’t work as well with any of the other members of Cyberforce and, by having her narrate the issue, Marz gives a strong view into her character.

The biggest strength and weakness of this issue is Rocafort’s art. His line work has a lovely, rough, sketchy quality to it that should lend itself to high energy that matches Velocity’s speed powers, but it doesn’t. His images are surprisingly static and don’t convey the quick energy that’s needed to show off Velocity’s powers. Despite her being in motion and posed as such, the art looks too posed, too purposeful, and doesn’t jump off the page to sell the idea that Velocity can move very, very quickly. That’s not always the case, but it’s too often the way his art looks.

At the same time, his line work is just so gorgeous. The opening splash page of a Velocity android’s head is detailed and suggestive. His choice of the eye to expose as robotic contrasted with the real-looking one is fantastic; it’s a strong, bold way to begin the issue. Later in the issue, he uses a stunning two-page layout of Velocity fighting some guards in a single image laid atop 32 panels showing her struggle in more detail. It communicates how much is going on in that single moment and does so in a unique fashion. Like I’ve said, it’s a little static, but it’s inventive and makes Rocafort stand out.

Marz’s writing is solid as he has Velocity go to Hunter-Killer for help in finding a cure for the virus; That organization has the resources and manpower to solve this problem in the limited time required. He uses a countdown clock at the beginning of every page as a reminder of the time slipping away, showing that no matter how fast Velocity is, she can’t do things instantaneously. Her narration overflows in the issue, an understandable technique for a speedster. The impulse is to have them talk a mile a minute and overdo the language, but that can backfire by slowing the reader down so much that any idea of quickness is lost. Marz manages to find a good balance by giving enough to show that Velocity thinks faster than the average person, but not so much that pages become slow and sluggish in reading.

Velocity’s character definitely has an element of Quicksilver’s jerkiness and that works. She’s not as overbearing as the Marvel hero, but she is hot-tempered and quick to pass judgment on others. The only problem is that she sometimes crosses the line into unlikable territory in this issue.

“Velocity” #2 showcases the eponymous heroine’s abilities and problem-solving abilities as she’s left with the task of saving herself and her Cyberforce teammates from a deadly virus in under an hour. It’s a fun, breezy read with gorgeous art.