Not All Robots #01
AWA Upshot Studios 2021
Written by Mark Russell
Illustrated by Mike Deodato Jr.
In the year 2056, robots have replaced human beings in the workforce. An uneasy coexistence develops between the newly intelligent robots and the ten billion humans living on Earth. Every human family is assigned a robot upon whom they are completely reliant. What could possibly go wrong? Meet the Walters, a human family whose robot, Razorball, ominously spends his free time in the garage working on machines which they're pretty sure are designed to kill them.
This is a pretty damn good story already. I like how we see different arcs happening simultaneously to really bring us this larger picture. People like to say it’s got this toxic masculinity aspect taken to the Nth degree so as to make it satirical, however, I think that takes more of a back seat in what I see here. Yes it kind of makes fun of humans for creating robots to do work that we don’t want to do and they then become so embolden that they feel humans are a lazy waste of time. It is the beginning of the uprising where robots will wipe the earth clean of humans. It has this wonderful dynamic to it where taken to this extreme we see all the sides of the argument pretty clearly.
I’m absolutely loving the way that this is being told. The story & plot development that we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is presented exceptionally well. The character development that we see through the dialogue, the character interaction as well as how they act and react to the situations and circumstances which they encounter is phenomenally rendered. We really get a sense of the personalities of these characters and it is pretty sensational. The pacing is superb and as it takes us through the pages revealing the story, introducing the character and us to the world they inhabit is mindbogglingly well done.
I’m truly impressed with the way that we see this being structured and how the layers within the story begin to emerge, grow and strengthen. The layers contain this phenomenal characterisation as well as the plot twists and more so that they add depth, dimension and complexity to the story. How everything works together to create the story’s ebb & flow as well as how it moves the story forward is beautifully achieved.
These interiors are absolutely stunningly gorgeous. Mike’s talent and skill on display here is so mind numbingly rendered so that the linework, its varying weights and techniques that are being utilised to create this level & quality of detail work is astounding. That we see backgrounds being so essential to the story and how they expand and enhance the moments is perfectly done. How they work within the composition of the panels to bring out the depth perception, sense of scale and the overall sense of size and scope to the story is staggering. The creativity and imagination that we see is truly astonishing and the way that the robots are rendered just blows me away. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a masters eye for storytelling. The colour work is brilliantly rendered as well. The various hues and tones within the colours being utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work shows such an amazing understanding of how colour works.
Man’s own greed and hubris created these robots to live with each and every family, to go to work and earn money for the family so they can survive while doing nothing. Not everyone likes this arrangement, human and robot alike, but man is a silly species who have ruined the planet to the point they survive in bubbled cities and the conditions for working don’t affect the robots the way they do flesh and blood. This is so brilliantly written with such intelligent and witty characterisation wrapped up in these mindbogglingly stunning interiors make this the summers must have read as well as the years most unexpected and stunning storytelling.