Review: Vandroid #2

Review of: Vandroid #2
Product by:
Tommy Lee Edwards, Noah Smith
Dark Horse

Vandroid #2

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On March 26, 2014
Last modified:March 26, 2014


Vandroid is a fun series that celebrates the glorious excess of the 80s in terms of style, action, and storytelling.

Vandroid ramps up in this no-holds-barred second issue! The Van Man is off the chain, but when he runs afoul of his creator’s loose ends—including his estranged wife and an old criminal acquaintance—he finds out that being human is more complicated than his programming indicated!

The second installment of the new five-issue series that is so totally 80s continues this month in the pages of Vandroid #2. The story about a robot made by an old, washed-up artist from the vanning fad is written by Tommy Lee Edwards and Noah Smith with art by Dan McDaid. Melissa Edwards handles colors with John Workman providing lettering. The first issue was a far-out bit of 80s B-movie fun, but how does the second entry fare?

The Vandroid is alive and its creator is dead. The android killed its creator after he attempted to shut the bot down for some minor maintenance. Since Chuck made the robot in his image, albeit younger and more in-shape, the Vandroid believes he is Chuck. After returning to his ex-wife’s house, the bot’s batteries start to run down. Since Chuck’s failsafe included giving the robot a hunger for Trioxidyne Themide, it has little choice but to look for it anywhere he can. Meanwhile Chuck’s former friend, the man who created the Vandroid’s A.I., is trying to track down the robot so he can turn it over to the villainous businessman more concerned with the bottom line than the path of destruction the Vandroid is causing. When the thirst for Trioxidyne Themide leads the Vandroid into a very dangerous situation, it turns out needing to recharge the batteries are the least of his problems. Can the Vandroid get his coveted juice? Will the big, bad business that created the A.I. find the big bot?

Edwards and Smith write a fast-paced and action-packed story that turns the 80s-ness up to 11. The first issue was B-movie goodness, but this issue really plays up the decade and the glorious excess action movies of the time frequently showcased. The Vandroid now has a mission and a few allies. The enemy is clearly defined and the battle has begun. McDaid’s art is a great fit for the series. Things are a little rough around the edges and exaggerated in places, but that just goes to add some flavor. The artist has a good eye for action. There is a great cop vs. Vandroid action sequence that is presented rather cinematically. Melissa Edwards’ colors are very bright and eye-catching. Things take on an almost neon-like glow in some scenes.

Bottom Line: Vandroid is a fun series that celebrates the glorious excess of the 80s in terms of style, action, and storytelling. The first two issues were largely setting things up, so it looks like next month will kick things up another notch or two. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. 3.5/5


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