It’s not every day a cool new mash-up comes your way. When you think comedy meets sci-fi, Spaceballs, Galaxy Quest, Men in Black or Guardians of the Galaxy may come to mind. Today IDW Publishing is releasing the first book in a new limited edition comic book series that has a new spin on sci-fi comedy, called D4VE.
D4VE (not D-A-V-E) is a robot in our future. Hey–all good robots must have a number in their name. (Ain’t that right, B-9, B-4, R2-D2, C-3PO, IG-88, and 4-LOM?) D4VE is also everyman. Or at least everyrobot. And he’s going through a mid-life crisis.
Imagine a world with a Planet of the Apes ending for mankind, but with humanoid robots left to run the show–as if that friendly android Chappie, from the coming film of the same name, is fruitful and multiplies and his kind decimate the Earth. Only in a light-hearted way.
Check out a preview of Issue #1, after the break, courtesy of IDW Publishing.
Visually, Valentin Ramon’s future world has a distinctly Rom, Spaceknight look to it, albeit appropriately updated from its 1970s style comic art. It’s elaborate and colorful and will pull you in. His robots are inventive. Writer Ryan Ferrier has created a clever set-up for D4VE, with plenty of throwbacks to the world of humans. Robots like parades. A box of Iron Loops sits on the breakfast table. D4VE can’t do anything right in the eyes of his significant other. Once an important Defense Robot, D4VE is now outmoded technology, stuck in a dead-end job as an account manager for the water-power plant. You can’t help but cheer on D4VE.
Don’t pass this one up.
Here’s your preview of Issue #1:
D4VE, Issue #1, is available today at comic book stores everywhere.