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‘D4VEocracy #1’ (advance review)

Written by Ryan Ferrier
Art/Cover by Valentin Ramon
Published by IDW Publishing
In Stores January 25, 2017

The third arc of IDW’s D4VE starts in January, picking up when vacuum robot Roombo is assassinated and the world is left without a leader.

That’s where our hero D4VE steps in, hoping to fill in the roll as Earth’s (34RTH’s) savior once again.

From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, D4VE has seen it all, from aliens to time travel to a big black hole threatening everyone’s existence.

In post-vacuum America, can D4VE be the one that makes everything great again?

Time will certainly tell.

The last volume, D4VE2, exalted D4VE to the Secretary of D-Fense. In his off-time, he’s struggling to maintain with his robot ex-wife S4LLY and raise his son, the mouthy and sexually fluid 5COTTY on the weekends. What we have here is Just your typical robot broken home. Why, you may ask, are robots ruling everything? They’ve taken over and beaten the meat puppet humans in an uprising (but not without learning human’s baser instincts and dank meme slang.

When a couple of human girls travel from the past to our present, D4VE faces the daughters of his own creator as they warn their father of the upcoming completely crass and robot-dominated future.

Robots do take over, but the general theme of the D4VE books is that of Idiocracy on circuit boards. Humanoid robots talk in broken slang and worship Steve Jobs as their Jesus Christ. Put the damn p0rn down, for JOBSDAMNsakes.

D4VE really is the every-robot, struggling to maintain his work-life balance while somehow not totally losing his shit. Raising Scotty, trying to flirt with his co-worker, having a robot dog hump his head while he sleeps all gets to be a little much for him at times, but he still thinks he is the man.

The first issue of Volume 3, D4VEOCRACY #1, promises an election cycle that clocks processors into overdrive. D4VE created ROOMBO, a vacuuming robot who was elected President. Back and to the left, and under the table and back into the docking station, ROOMBO ran into a bit of a snag. Like all of the greatest Presidents and vacuums, ROOMBO wasn’t destined to rule forever. He was assassinated while waving his way though a parade. Don’t you know that one of robotkind’s favorite human past-times to replicate are parades?

This leaves E4RTH without a leader, and presumably some dusty hardwood flooring to deal with after ROOMBO is killed in cold oil.

The news is leaked on DUD3R, a Google-type app/device/uplink to all robot-kind. “BREAKING UPDAWG”, “ROOMBA DED”, “NOW WHO CLEAN UP?!” are the headlines pushed out to the masses.

Turns out, D4VE is like the only robot who doesn’t have DUD3R.

While contemplating Life, The Universe and Everything, D4VE is made aware of the news. His ex-wife S4LLY is let go as the Chief Operating Officer of E4RTH POWER OFFICES. A pending public merger, and the motives of members of the board are suspect. Perhaps they had something to do with ROOMBO’s ‘removal’ from office? Here, in the real life Earth of 2016, we’re headed for this same type of disaster. Can D4VE come to life and save us all? I, for one, embrace our future robot overlords!

By recommending Ryan Ferrier and Valentin Ramon’s cybernetic societal mirror, I want to stop myself short of giving away the whole first issue.

Start at Volume 1 and work your way up to this (or read the primer below and play the game!)

Even better for you to read the whole story post-November 8, 2016.

Smart robot dialogue shortcuts are heavy on the meme jokes but well worth it, butthorns.

D4VE is our hero now, and we’re not sure why. He’s kind of a tool, but nice enough to forgive him at his worst.

He’s saved the world at least twice, can he do it again by running for President? Has he signed up and logged in to his DUD3R account yet?

Are you a robot? Check the box, but don’t lie.

Tune in to D4VEOCRACY #1 on January 27th to find out

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