There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned attempted memory wipe to piss you off, especially if you’re a giant android just trying to figure out his place in the world. Vandroid issue 4 continues on the road to justice, with our hero trying to fight back against the evil corporation Metrotech, bent on turning him to their side by any means possible. Tommy Lee Edwards, Noah Smith, and Dan McDaid continue to ramp up the craziness in this issue. We finally get to see the Vanettes in action as they come to the rescue of Vandroid with the help of Crystal, Chuck’s old flame, and a surprise guest drops in to help Vandroid get some well needed vengeance.
This issue isn’t all death and mayhem, though. Edwards and Smith give Vandroid some downtime to try and figure out where an android fits into the chaos he was brought into. Crystal attempts to show Vandroid that even though he isn’t flesh and blood, he can still be a man. The morning Vandroid has a moment of clarity and comes to the conclusion that he may not need Trioxidyne Themide, the drug he has been preoccupied with obtaining in the last couple of issues, in order to live. The creators do such a good job by not providing a whole lot of back story, just the details you need to keep up with the action.
Dan McDaid keeps things moving along with some intense action and great layouts. The action scenes are quick and to the point. Vandroid does not mess around – if you are in his way, you get smashed! Throw some protractors at him; he throws them back with deadly accuracy and speed. If you attach a giant electrical cable to his head, he gets up and smashes it into your skull then flips the switch. It’s so much fun that I find myself going back and rereading sections, laughing like a giddy school child. Dan nails the angles and look of an 80’s action movie; his layouts are a perfect match for this storyline and every panel looks and feels like the material it’s paying homage too.
If you read my last review of Vandroid, you will know that this book is right up my alley. These creators have created the 80’s action movie my younger self would have died to see. This book doesn’t slow down, and with only one more issue left, the creators have the stage for an explosive finale that I can’t wait to read.