The title says it all. Androids, greasy machismo – one part “Terminator,” one part “Cobra,” a dash of John Carpenter and Walter Hill. VANDROID is a throwback to the over-the-top action and sci-fi movies of the 1980s. Edgy, but edgy in a way that the eighties thought it was edgy. Blue chrome, a synth soundtrack, fingerless gloves.
Set in the murky back alleys of a radically cool, very-1984 Los Angeles, the story and visuals evoke a retro-futuristic world where tough guys with big guns and bigger hair battle with costumed street gangs and power-shouldered, corrupt businessmen.
VANDROID is a love letter to an era of genre storytelling. Not only does the comic book feel like a lost movie from the 80s, the creative team behind VANDROID have created an experience that evokes the era including mocked up movie posters, music, video and more.
Vandroid tells the story of Taylor Grey, an unscrupulous computer scientist whose first attempt to activate an artificial intelligence goes horribly, fatally wrong. Taylor’s employer is unwilling to continue the project, but he has other shady financial backers that are keen to finance the development of this A.I. as an instrument of war. So Taylor decides to take the project to his old roommate at MIT, Chuck Carducci, once a robotics whiz-kid but now a down-on-his-luck mechanic.
With salvaged electronics from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, high-performance van parts and a Plutonium Ion battery dubiously procured by Taylor’s mysterious financial backer, Chuck builds a robot so human, yet so powerful, it can only be called VANDROID! Not only is Vandroid built as a visual reflection of Chuck’s glory days, complete with mullet and aviator sunglasses, his A.I. brain’s processor and memory banks are filled with every positive aspect of Chuck’s life. Chuck puts everything he ever wished he was into Vandroid, and the robot now has a chance to fulfil his creator’s lost potential.
Vandroid soon finds his place in the world by turning against the militarized corporate baddies who helped finance his creation. While stacking up dead enemy bodies and uncovering a ridiculous conspiracy, Vandroid rekindles the fire of Chuck’s broken marriage, builds a squad of lethal companions called The Vanettes and teams up with Chuck’s best childhood friend to rain down plenty of fiery vengeance.