Cyberfrog 1998 - The Diary of Heather Swain Review - Soy Bomb Goes Boom!
• Ethan Van Sciver (Writer - Artist) • Kyle Ritter (Colors)
• All Caps Comics (Publisher)
It took a while but I finally read the Cyberfrog 1998 ashcan. Ethan Van Sciver promised that the book would be a companion piece to Cyberfrog: Blood Honey and in that regards it works beautifully.
The comic covers the events of Bloodhoney but takes a dramatically different angle in telling the story. Instead of focusing on Cyberfrog and Salamandroid, it puts the focus on Heather Swain. The story gives her point of view on the heroes as well as the invasion and how she managed to survive the initial onslaught. The story also gives some insight into plot points that will probably be further explored in CYBERFROG 2: REKT PLANET
Ironically the moment that signaled that the earth was ready for the invasion was the "Soy Bomb" guy that interrupted Bob Dylan at the Grammys in 1998. The moment was already awkward and weird but now the event has been elevated to a pivotal moment in the fall of humanity. It's beautifully absurd but considering how soft we've become in the ensuing years maybe there's something to it.
The Diary of Heather Swain is a perfect addition to the Cyberfrog story. It adds to the mythos and world-building and Heather gets some definite shine here. Heather is a very strong character and it's clear that Ethan cares about her just as much as he cares about Cyberfrog or Sal. She represents the trinity of this universe. Her perspective will be critical to the story going forward because she's been living in this post-apocalypse for decades now and will need to get Cyberfrog up to speed in the next installment.
Ethan and Kyle deliver another awesome comic and it's handled with as much care as the main title. It works on its own as a stand-alone book or as part of the whole. You don't have to read the ashcan to know what's going on but you'll get so much more by having the additional content at your fingertips.