Featuring: Aphrodite IX, Burch, Neville Stewart, Grazno Floyd.
Written by David Wohl.
Penciler David Finch.
Inker Joe Weems, Victor Llamas.
Letterer Robin Spehar, Dennis Heisler.
Colorist Steve Firchow.
Artwork by David Finch.
Cover Art: David Finch, Joe Weems, Steve Firchow.
Editor Renae Geerlings.
Aphrodite IX is a strikingly beautiful self-aware android designed to "be" human in order
to carry out undercover missions of infiltration and assassination. Although she has been
"trained" to kill (her synthetic brain learns like an organic brain and does not require
traditional programming), Aphrodite IX retains no memory of her actions; her brain is
designed to experience an episode of amnesia at the end of each mission, apparently to
protect her masters if not herself. This leads to ongoing confusion about what she does
and for whom, exacerbated by subsequent episodes of amnesia. Although she becomes aware
that she is intended as a killing machine (capable of taking out a single high security
target or destroying a squad of armored government soldiers singlehandedly), she finds
the idea increasingly distasteful and experiences dreams and desires like a human. This
begins to undermine her morale but not her efficiency, as her conditioning takes over as
her masters or survival circumstances require. When she seeks out clues to her past and
true identity, she stumbles onto a conspiracy involving a secret society of cyborgs
attempting to undermine the legitimate An agovernment.
Although tough as nails when the situation requires it, her personality in private moments
seems more like that of a child-woman. She is like a lost wide-eyed teen trying to find her
way in the world, trapped in the body of an amazon sexpot bombshell. The character's
appearance is her trademark: kelly green makeup and hair (including an oversized kelly
green beauty spot on one cheek), skimpy form-fitting outfits ringed with ammo belts,
thigh-high lug soled boots. She typically carries a very large knife on her belt and one
or more large guns.
An android similar to Aphrodite IX (identified as Aphrodite VI) most recently appeared in
Top Cow's ongoing series Cyberforce, spying on the heroes from within the ventilation
system of their base of operations. At this time, no clue is given as to why she is there
or what she intends to do.