Primetime TV; mortgages; traffic jams. The robots conquered earth, wiping out all life in the galaxy, but nothing changed. Meet D4VE, the greatest robot war hero, now trapped behind a desk at a soul-sucking day job. Can something, somewhere snap him out of this slump? This is D4VE’s mid-life. Crisis.
Originally released as a digital series by Monkeybrain, D4VE has come to print courtesy of IDW Publishing. Written by Ryan Ferrier, with art by Valentin Ramon, the series speaks to everyone who has a life draining desk job, and dreams of glory and excitement.
The first issue is fantastic hitting all the right notes and is beyond relateable for desk jockeys. Now only do we get to know the main character D4ve pretty well, but we’re also introduced to the world where robots have taken over… and pretty much killed every living thing in the galaxy.
The first issue reminds me of great workplace comedies like Office Space, The Office (both versions), and even a bit of Workaholics. It just nails it, when it comes to working a boring desk job, and the tedious life that often is associated with it. The lack of excitement oozes off the page. The fact this is all done with robots is even more entertaining, creating a world just different enough to be even more entertaining.
Ferrier is complimented by the art of Ramon who takes a gold robotic world, and somehow makes it familiar and not so foreign. It’s a great combination of writer and artist.
For those who missed the series when it first came out, now’s your chance to grab it in print. I guarantee when you’re done, you’ll be downloading all the issues available digitally so that you can “catch up.” It’s that good. That fun. That entertaining.
Story: Ryan Ferrier Art: Valentin Ramon
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy
IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review