This review covers both volumes in this series)
I’ve said before that I’m not one to laugh out loud at things I read, but then I get my hands on graphic novels like D4VE and question whether it’s just that I have high standards for humor, or whether it’s just juvenile humor through robots that tickles my fancy.
Anyway, D4VE is a robot that was part of the massive robot rebellion on Earth. The bots wiped out all the humans, then explored the stars and wiped out all the aliens as well. They’ve now become as lazy and complacent as the humans they’ve replaced, so when existential problems arise (in either volume), it takes someone who is fed up like D4VE to solve it.
The humor here comes from the sex-crazed teenage robots, D4VE himself being in over his head so much, the unique l33tspeak way all the bots spell their names, and just the little hidden pieces throughout. The entire thing is kind of dumb, sure – the second volume in particular feels more like a “crap, this first series did pretty well, we should try to do more” run, but that’s not a knock against it in and of itself – but dumb is good and funny. In terms of just having some fun?
This absolutely did the trick. Definitely recommended.