Vandroid #1

Vandroid #1

Writer: Noah Smith, Tommy Lee Edwards Artist: Dan McDaid Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: February 26, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 3
6.8Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

When Palm Springs Entertainment studios burned to the ground in 1984, the most definitive motion picture of a generation was lost before its time. Thirty years later, the extraordinary talents of Tommy Lee Edwards, Noah Smith, and Dan McDaid unite to resurrect this lost epic.

  • 9.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Kyle Overkill Feb 25, 2014

    The world will never know how the movie Vandroid would have turned out. What is now known is that Tommy Lee Edwards, Noah Smith, and Dan McDaid have made a Vandroid comic book worth reading. Don't be a 'bone smoker' and make sure to grab this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Aaron Clutter Mar 3, 2014

    Vandroid #1 was so fun and I really look forward to reading the rest of the series. They even have a soundtrack, since this was supposed to be an actual movie back in the mid 80′s. You can find out more about it at the Vandroid website. Overall, the artwork is really good. The story makes sense and really feels like a movie. I felt the ups and downs of the characters and really felt for old Check when he died. If you like movies like The Terminator, Universal Soldier, or Virtuosity, you will love this comic. Check it out! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Feb 25, 2014

    Yeah, most of the characters are jerks, and the story doesn't make a lick of sense, but that all kind of pales to the awe and nonsense on display here, all of which is infused with a passion for the material that's impossible to fake and really makes Vandroid fun to read and not just to mock, so I guess I really can't help but recommend this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell Feb 26, 2014

    If you're a fan of the 80s, B-movies, or over the top action stories, this is one for you. Vandroid sets things up nicely and shows a lot of promise. It looks like we're in for four more issues of fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Taylor Lilley Mar 4, 2014

    This creative team knows the material they're dealing with, the importance of balancing concept-justifying period designs, and trimming the fat that slowed these projects down back in the day. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Feb 28, 2014

    The story starts off a little dry, with plenty of exposition to set the time and place, but once the schlubby scientist responsible for the creation of the titular android gets going, things start to pick up. By the end of the issue, the charm of the art wins you over and you'll want to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Schmeiser Mar 19, 2014

    With the myriad of comics out the Vandroid is unique by being the only comic about a computer brain that is roaming around in a custom van mechanics body. It is a decent inaugural issue, but the reason we dont have custom vans anymore, and the reason that comics that reminisce about the 80s are so forgettable is that we just dont care. The historical aspect of it hasnt antiquated enough, and therefore, it doesnt have the same luster as other historical fiction. The lack of enthusiastic sarcasm turns this into a blas experiment. Perhaps in a few issues this will get better, but in the meantime, Im just not interested. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Steve Paugh Feb 26, 2014

    I was really looking forward to Dark Horse's Vandroid, and wanted so badly to enjoy what I thought was going to be an entertaining period romp about cyborgs in the 80s, but this was not that. Maybe it's my fault for levying too much expectation on it before reading it, but this is both my first and last ride-along with this story. Much like a generation-one android, it had a lot of machinery, but no heart. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Feb 26, 2014

    The computer details in "Vandroid" #1 seem out of place for a story set in 1984. Developing a machine with sufficient intelligence to be considered a threat is reminiscent of "War Games," but the machines here certainly seem uptech from where I remember 1984 and certainly smaller and more colorful. Granted, thirty years of hindsight does blur lines a bit and disbelief does need for be suspended for comics, but the efficiency of the tech is distracting throughout the tale. It needs to be this efficient for the story to exist, but there is room in this tale for the tech to streamline as the story progresses. Instead, it goes from masterfully streamlined (how would an A.I. even fit on a floppy with only kilobytes of storage?) to insanely streamlined, even for comic book tech. Yes, comic books are where Ultron and Red Tornado exist, but Edwards and Smith appear to be trying to give "Vandroid" #1 a tech-horror spin without providing any true evolution to the rise of the machine. Read Full Review

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