This review is from: Aphrodite IX (Paperback)The story of Aphrodite IX, which takes place some way in the future, is the story of an Amnesiac Cyborg who immediately forgets any Mission she's been on after completing it. There's a reason why, not what you might expect, but it makes for an unusual character since Aphrodite is a character who doesn't even know WHAT she is, let alone who as it turns out. The story carries through peoples modern-day obsessions with improving themselves and their bodies to the ultimate limit, where people have had parts of their bodies replaced just to keep themselves alive and healthy-if they can be called that, since the point of the story is that Aphrodite, an entirely synthetic being, possesses as much humanity as any of these people, likely more. However, the real questions in the story are just why Aphrodite was created and, more importantly, what her ultimate purpose is, an answer being provided in a series of Flashbacks as she slowly remembers her past.
The story is imaginative, the character interesting, but the script suffers from a lack of cohesion as a result of the extended amount of time the original series took to come out as far as I can tell. Injuries/damage suffered by Aphrodite do not seem to carry through from issue to issue and a better explanation of just what causes her to break through her own Amnesia and remember how she ended up the way she is would have been welcome. Also, maybe if we could have seen more of the world she lives in and how others live in it it would have worked better. What we do see of it seems to resemble downtown Manhattan, unfortunately, since it seems unlikely there will still be street vendors seling fresh food out of trailers in a world like hers.
To me, this strikes as a mini-series begging to be expanded on, but apparently it never will be since the character and her world have never been revisited. It's a shame, a decent first effort trying for good, but it could have been great if they'd just made a bit more of it. On the other hand, a character who bears an almost exact resemblance to Aphrodite IX is now present in Wildstorm comics, Aphrodite IV, so maybe there is still some potential for seeing more of the original concept? Only time will tell.