Review: D4VE Vol. 1 TPB

D4VE Vol. 1The everyday struggle of the working man is one inner demon everyone can relate to. The daily toil of going to work, working a 9 to 5, mostly to pay your bills, and for some, career advancement. Then there are those who cannot see beyond where they are now in their jobs, and would not know what to do if they lost their jobs today. For some readers depending on your age, this sounds like the Michael Douglas movie, Falling Down.

I often wondered after watching this movie, how many times has something like what happened to Michael Douglas’s character has happened. Never in a million years, would I think anyone would make fun of office life because of that movie but then Office Space. This movie, showed in ridiculous fashion what would happen if people were in dead end jobs, the numerous ways people would react. Those two movies exemplified the extreme ways office life can affect the normal human being.

So what effect would it have on a robot? This is the question that D4VE, attempts to answer and often to hilarious results. D4VE is about a robot whose original programming has been phased out by updated technology and has to suffer through a dead end job where he daydreams mostly. Within the first few pages, his flashbacks to his glory days and deal with a hellion of a teenage son, while job promotes to an even worse position. D4VE finally has a purpose in life, as he fights the new alien threat with the help of his son, whiles his wife, and leaves him, because she can’t take anymore of his crap. By the end of the first volume, he not only becomes a hero again but inspires his son to join the new armed forces.

This series is more than the triumph of the everyday man, but is a mix between Bicentennial Man and John Belushi’s Neighbors. The story by Ryan Ferrier, is more than tongue in cheek, but delivers in spades the humor, humanity, and parody of a classic SNL sketch. The art by Valentin Ramon, is completely flawless, his style reminds of Fiona Staples. Overall, a great comic, which not only made me laugh but I ended up identifying with it in many ways.

Story: Ryan Ferrier Art: Valentin Ramon
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: BUY NOW

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.