Story by Ryan Ferrier. Art by Valentin Ramon.
From the twisted minds of Ryan Ferrier and Valentin Ramon comes D4VE, “a high-concept satire of modern domesticity” (The A.V. Club) that proves: the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Primetime TV. Mortgages. Traffic jams. The robots conquered Earth, wiping out all life in the galaxy, but nothing changed. With no predators, they just kind of…turned human. They didn’t care to learn, to grow. They weren’t programmed for that. They just existed. Made jobs. Started families. They became lazy. Stagnant. Uninspired.
Meet D4VE, the greatest robot war hero, now trapped behind a desk at a charge-sucking day job. He used to fight monsters and aliens. And protect the planet. Now…he’s just a dude. His joints don’t work so well. He’s not as shiny as he used to be. He can’t even remember to buy oil on the way home. D4VE used to be awesome. He used to be important. Now he’s an account manager for the water-power plant. Not awesome. Nor important.
D4VE misses the good old days—the glory days—when life was simple. When all he had to worry about was killing aliens and making 34RTH safe for robot kind. But there isn’t much need for heroes anymore. They became obsolete. So D4VE did what any robot would do. He met a partner-bot and started the civilian life.
Every day, it’s the same routine. Same bowl of Iron Loops cereal for breakfast. Same mindless office job. Same failing marriage. And the whiny jerk-off of a son he ordered just wants to lounge on the couch and suck fumes. Dear, sweet Jobs, when will it end?
D4VE is trapped in his own life. So when aliens invade 34RTH for the first time in hundreds of years, he jumps at the chance to take up arms against them. It’s the only thing that will make him happy again.
This is D4VE’s mid-life crisis.