Stefani Sloma

Comic Review: D4VE #1 – Are you there, God? It’s me, D4VE.

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Writer Ryan Ferrier and artist Valentin Ramon have created a hilarious, dark, quirky comic in D4VE #1, and I can’t wait to see more.

D4VE #1

D4VE #1
WRITER: Ryan Ferrier
ARTIST: Valentin Ramon
LETTERER: Ryan Ferrier
PUBLISHER: IDW Publishing
RELEASE DATE: February 25, 2015

Order a copy of D4ve #1 (of 5) to be delivered to you in the mail!

This first issue of D4VE, a comic previously published as a digital-only comic by Monkeybrain comics, feels as if someone took Futurama, I, Robot, Office Space, and a handful of aliens-taking-over-the-world stories shoved them into a blender and spilled the contents onto the page. If that doesn’t sound awesome to you, you should probably just go ahead and avoid this one. If that sounds like a perfect combination of robots, aliens, the 9-to-5 grind, and maniacal, bizarre humor, then you’ll probably love it like I did.

D4VE was a defense-bot during the robot takeover that wiped out all of humanity. He helped eradicate the humans from Earth and all the other aliens in the galaxy. Now? He’s a run of the mill account manager with a horrible boss, a wife, and a kid on the way. As D4VE says, once there were no humans, the robots had nothing to do but exist, so they started families, got jobs, became somewhat…human.

D4VE’s a little pathetic, a lot bored, and so very flawed. He’s going through a bit of an existential crisis (“Are you there, God? It’s me, D4VE”). He’s easy to sympathize with and root for. You want to see him back in his glory days, a killing machine fighting for what he believes in. And it looks like he’s just about to get that chance. What with the new alien invasion at the end of the first issue.

I’ve got to mention how much I loved the art. First, all of the characters are robots with little to no facial features, but I’ve got to hand it to Valentin Ramon who’s able to draw so much emotion into the characters’ body language that I was able to feel everything that was happening. It was incredible. The characters felt genuine and honest, almost real.

This comic is the perfect blend of the mundane and serious sci-fi, which is why it reminded me so much of Futurama. D4VE’s a little like Fry, doleful and sad. It never tilts toward either extreme too much creating a sci-fi dark comedy that will leave readers ready for more.

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