Aphrodite IX is a comic book series published by the Top Cow imprint of Image Comics. The comic series carries a sci-fi theme and is named after the central character of the series, Aphrodite IX. Aphrodite IX is written by David Wohl and drawn by comic book artist David Finch.
Aphrodite IX is a female android who suffers from amnesia shortly after being sent on undercover missions. 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 an assassin, 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 government.
History of the series
Issue number 0 was released with an issue of Wizard magazine
on November 30
. Originally appearing on the Top Cow solicitation schedule as a monthly title, to date only 6 issues and one trade paperback
have ever been published. The 2000 publication year saw the release of issues 1 and 2. Before issue number 3 was released in early 2001, Finch was replaced with artist Clarence Lansang
(the issue features artwork by both artists), implying that Finch's work habits were responsible for the delays, yet only two more issues would be published during Lansang's tenure (number 1/2, a place-holder issue recapping previous story events and containing ten pages of "pin-ups
" by various artists, and number 4 which continued the story but did not finish it). Aphrodite IX
still appears on the Top Cow website as a "current" publication, although Wohl has since moved on to other projects.
A trade paperback, Aphrodite IX: Time Out of Mind, collecting all extant issues, was released in 2003. The subtitle implies that this is the first collected arc of an ongoing publication.
An anime of Aphrodite IX was being developed, but aside from a trailer released in early 2005 there has been little apparent activity or news on the project.
An android similar to Aphrodite IX (identified as Aphrodite IV) appeared in a page from Top Cow's ongoing series Cyberforce.
An Aphrodite is featured on the cover Witchblade 119, where she is shown wielding the Witchblade itself. The Aphrodite is confirmed to be IV, the same one stalking the Cyberforce. The cover, showing Aphrodite IV wielding the Witchblade, may seem a bit misleading, as she does not actually wear the Witchblade in this issue.
- Aphrodite IX is a self-aware android
designed to carry out undercover missions of infiltration and assassination. Although she has been trained to kill, 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.
The character's appearance is her trademark: kelly-green makeup and hair (including an oversized spot on one cheek), 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.
- Top Cow "Current Comics" page, including a link to the Aphrodite IX listing (note that all of the listed publication dates are incorrect — the trade paperback is listed as having appeared a year to the day after it actually was released, and all other issues are listed as having been released on November 30, 1999).