IDW Publishing 2015
Written & Lettered by Ryan Ferrier
Illustrated by Valentin Ramon
One of the most interesting things about this series has to be Valentin’s imagination in bringing these robots to life. They have hands, knees, feet and apparently genitals that work just like a humans and we see numerous hairstyles like on S4LLY’s sister TIN4. I love her face and the stars that could either freckles or tattoo’s depending on your point of view and then her extra long eye lashes then the aliens we see really do showcase a high degree of imagination and skill to bring this all to life.
Ryan’s story here is incredibly human so that we’re seeing it all through the eyes of robots makes it that much more impactful upon the reader. For a species to have eradicated their creators they’ve pretty much adapted themselves that which they destroyed and that in itself is a fascinating premise. Do we see things a little more clearly because they aren’t human is another question because D4VE is unhappy he misses who he was and feels antiquated but now that there is this alien invasion there’s a renewed sense of self worth that he can once again be who he was. But can we really go back to what we were?
For all the heavy stuff that’s underlying here there’s plenty of humor as well and that’s thanks to 5COTTY. All kids think their parents are lame at some point, usually those awkward teenage years where they think they are grown, but it’s nice to see that he is coming to find a new appreciation for D4VE through the guns and holovids of what was. Still 5COTTY wants to fight and well the kids an expert masterbater and that’s mentioned it’s pretty funny dialogue and yeah it makes ya laugh.
These aliens are kind of fun and grotesque at the same time. We do learn this issue why they’ve come to Earth however and that reveal is not unexpected by me. However what we learn about the Earth at this time is and that makes it all the more interesting. I’d love to see these characters tackled on something like SyFy’s Face Off just to see them really come to life.
Well trying to get the team back together isn’t going to work really. The two he turns to are no longer programmed to fight they could upload that again I guess but they really aren’t in a frame of mind to do anything but sit watch what happens. Though I’ve got to admit it’s nice to see that even robots can be homosexuals. When the proverbial doo doo hits the fan though I’d like to see these gay robots kicking some alien booty. Again here the dialogue is incredible as the descriptions used to describe things really does add that something special.
This is fun in a weird kind of way it’s just the juxtaposition of a personal drama and a science fiction story to create a new world having risen from the old facing the same fate that they have befallen upon others. It really is a complex, interesting and fun read.