Review: Vandroid #4
Vandroid’s night is at its darkest, and it’s up to the Vanettes to step in to save the day! But when the Van-man is struck with a case of robo-amnesia, the six-cylinder sirens will stop at nothing to get his motor runnin’!
Vandroid’s, explosive, 80s saturated, penultimate chapter hits this week with the release of issue #4. The story is written by Tommy Lee Edwards and Noah Smith with art by Dan McDaid. Melissa Edwards handles colors with John Workman pitching in with lettering. Vandroid has been a fun, but bumpy, ride so far. How does the fourth trip fare?
When last we saw Vandroid, he had been captured by Dick Daniels’ rather violent tech team. Daniels wants to use Vandroid and his technology to turn a profit, so he tries to reprogram the big, bad bot in the hopes of making him more manageable. You can imagine how that goes. Vandroid, the Vanettes, Crystal, and another surprising ally rally to take down Daniels and his entire evil empire once and for all. Can Vandroid even pull himself together though? How will the final assault go when Dick unleashes his new toys?
Tommy Lee Edwards and Noah Smith write the most insane and action-packed issue yet. Last month really played up the B-movie roots, but this month it’s all out B-movie/action movie goodness. Things are crazy, convenient, and a little too out there, but you can almost hear the heavy synthesizer theme kick in and you know it just works. McDaid has just as much fun with the art as the writers did with the script. Things are big and exaggerated. The action is over the top and explosive in every sense of the word. McDaid’s panel layouts and use of perspective and focus really gives the art a cinematic feel that just mixes smoothly with everything else. I mean he even kills someone using a kite! You don’t get much crazier than that. Edwards’ colors mesh well with McDaid’s art. There are a lot of bright and vibrant greens, reds, and oranges that give the book a really distinct feel and sets it apart from everything else out there.
Bottom Line: Vandroid is a book you can’t help but enjoy. It’s big, bold, a little cheesy, and a whole lot of fun. If its action movie influences are anything to go by, we’re in for a huge finale. 3.5/5
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