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.
The year is 1984. Washed-up mechanic Chuck Carducci is contacted by an old roommate from his MIT days to team up on a new project using cutting-edge artificial intelligence. With salvaged electronics from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, high-performance van parts, and a plutonium-ion battery dubiously procured by a mysterious financial backer, Chuck builds a robot so human, yet so powerful, it can only be called VANDROID! Chuck puts everything he ever wished he was into Vandroid, and the robot now has a chance to fulfill 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, the robot 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.