Review: Vandroid #5
Vandroid’s fiery vengeance rains down in honor of his creator’s memory! By becoming the hero he was never built to be, Vandroid fights to destroy the techno conspiracy that led to his own creation. But can he defeat his corporate enemies and their deadly new cyborg army? Nothing can prepare you for this explosive conclusion!
The end is here this week with the release of the fifth and final issue of Vandroid. The script is from Tommy Lee Edwards and Noah Smith with art by Dan McDaid. Melissa Edwards handles colors with John Workman rounding things out with lettering. Vandroid has been an all-out 80s B-movie thrill ride so far, but how does the final act play out?
Vandroid has kicked his Trioxidyne habit and pieced himself back together after barely surviving his last encounter with Dick Daniels. With a newfound strength, and the help of his friend Kenner (who wasn’t dead after all and was in fact a undercover fed), Vandroid has decided it’s time to hit Daniels, Taylor, and Metrotech to end this thing once and for all. It’s an all-out war as the final showdown begins with a great big bang. Daniels has used Carduci’s original Vandroid plans to construct an army of cybernetically enhanced army vets, but will that be enough to stop Vandroid, the Vanettes, and Kenner? Is white hot rage the only fuel Vandroid needs now?
Edwards and Smith write a final issue worthy of the movies they emulate with the series. This is all action from start to finish with a twist and turn or two along the way. Things have been building for 4 issues, so the fifth issue is all payoff with a foot on a gas pedal placed firmly to the floor. You have to credit the writers for their inventiveness in the final showdown. There is an elevator fight featuring Vandroid fighting everything from straight-jacketed loons to Afro, disco-loving samurais. It’s just pure insanity that you couldn’t get away with on any other comic but this one. McDaid’s art delivers the insanity extremely well. Big, bold, and excess are buzzwords for the finale. Sometimes the panels are a little crowded and the panel layout gives a sense of motion and urgency, but it works for the story being told this month. While McDaid presents some jam-packed panels, the artist keeps it from feeling too busy or jumbled. It’s a fine line to walk, but McDaid does it well. Edwards’ colors continue to be bright, vibrant, and borderline neon. Again, it works for what Vandroid is. The explosion of color compliments McDaid’s art well and helps sell the time period the story is a love letter to.
Bottom Line: Vandroid has been a crazy ride that ends crazier than you could have imagined. While a few things in the five-issue run bordered on cheesy, you can’t help but love the big, explosive, and excess of it all. This is an 80s movie I wouldn’t mind seeing get a sequel. 4/5
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