Review: Vandroid #3
In this action-packed third issue, Vandroid gets personal! An all-out brawl with the Mighty Oak Biker Club has Vandroid discovering who he really is . . . and it’s not what he expected. But when his best friend is in danger, will Vandroid be able to withstand the brutal experimentation of the R&D Gang, or will he become a wiped motherboard?
Vandroid continues this month with the release of issue number three of five. The story is written by Tommy Lee Edwards and Noah Smith with art by Dan McDaid. Melissa Edwards handles colors with John Workman tackling lettering. So far Vandroid has been some 80s B-movie goodness, but is the third time still just as charming?
The Vandroid is in search of themide, the fuel he needs to keep going. He got a tip that a big shipment was getting ready to roll out, but it’s guarded by a group of barbarian bikers who go by the name of the Mighty Oaks. Vandroid needs his fuel so he takes his chances with the burly group of men. Mix in Vandroids fuel needs with an identity crisis and some trouble with the shady cowboy who has been trying to get his hands on the creation, and our hero is in a whole new world of trouble. Can Vandroid get refueled? Will he be able to stand against gang upon gang of ruffians our cowboy hat wearing villain throws at him?
Edwards and Smith write an action-packed issue. There are two gigantic fights mixed in with the other pages of story and plot development. The fights are great, but there are a few plot points and new developments that are thrown in and kind of glossed over after their introduction. They seem to have a larger importance for the final two issues, but one in particular comes out of left field. McDaid’s art really shines this month. The fight scenes are ‘choreographed’ well and the biker gang are a very interesting looking bunch. There are a lot of wild things in this script, and McDaid brings them to life in a very beautiful way. This book just screams 80s, and part of that is due to Melissa Edwards’ colors. Things are very bright, vibrant, and flashy. It works well with McDaid’s art and the story being told. Vandroid’s vision is a particularly cool piece of work.
Bottom Line: Vandroid really shows its B-movie roots here when it comes to plot, but it’s still an enjoyable ride you can’t help but love. The midway point is a bit of bumpy ride, but it’s one well worth taking. 3/5
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