Review: ‘D4VE’ #3

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Ryan Ferrier’s “D4VE” is on the brink of his big revival except everyone around him doesn’t give a shit. Turns out after years of sitting idly by, the robot population are rather bootless. It’s the type of staggering compliance in their personal misery that D4VE used to be part of, but now he’s filled with life. He sees a reason to live again and will stop at nothing to gain allies in his inquest.


WRITTEN BY: Ryan Ferrier
ART BY: Valentin Ramon
PUBLISHER: Monkeybrain Comics
PRICE: $0.99
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D4VE’s world is just about as insane as you can get. An alien invasion has taken place and still everyone sits around as if there is no cause for concern. So earlier when D4VE felt isolated in his mediocrity, it was nothing. Turns out he’s even more alone now, although he does have 5COTTY at his side.

Ferrier lends such a unique and refreshing voice to “D4VE” that you’ll be smiling from ear to ear as you power through this engaging read. There is a certain flavor of humour to the robot speak that Ferrier has absolutely nailed. He uses common jargon in new and excting ways that come to define his population of comfortable automatons.

It works on two levels. There is the social commentary for those who enjoy dealing with the realization that we’re part of a society of corporate cattle and there is all the dick, poop, and fart jokes that will make even the most hardened men giggle.

Slacker stories are always an exciting ride. It’s not clear whether or not D4VE’s return to combat will ultimately be effective, in fact, it looks like we’re being set up for spectacular failure, but its so much fun to read and look at that it hardly matters.

Valentin Ramon’s art achieves a great balance adding colorful flourishes wherever he can get away with it to an otherwise drab and boring world. The result makes the issue both draining and exciting in a fantastic pace. The environments are dismal, but the character designs breathe life into the panels due to clothing and color choices. While the video archive records purple glow feels exciting and dynamic even amidst D4VE’s horrendous puns.

There really isn’t anything not to like about D4VE. It has a refreshingly funny voice, and presents the world of androids unlike you’ve ever seen it before. These are not the exciting and dynamic creatures built for adventure; they are horrible reflections of ourselves that make us realize how boring we’ve become. Luckily we have someone like “D4VE” who recognizes this crisis in his own way and plans to do everything he can to pull our lazy asses out of it. It’s not for the best reason, its not even for a good reason, but personal glory stories are always fun to watch, especially when the person who seeks the glory might not be ready for it.

Rating: 4/5 Skulls.