Office supplies going to war? Check. Slacker robot superhero stuck in a dead end office job? Check. Demon slaying scarecrow whose actually the displaced spirit of an ancient warrior? Check. It’s all here in our latest, thrilling edition of PAPER CUTS!
9 to 5 Warriors #1
We last mentioned creator Brandon Braswell’s 9 to 5 Warriors back in 2014 when the first trading card set got released. Since then it would seem that Braswell’s been pretty busy, working on an entire set of stickers, papercraft toys, card packs and more including this brand new comic series! Written by Braswell and illustrated by Michael Anderson (Circle Jerks stickers, Atomukk Pizzeria), this debut issue kicks off mid-battle with Col. Custard’s evil posse of Break Room Bandits trying to steal some sort of energy drink that contains the “Power of Jinsei.”
Intertwined with this battle is the separate story of Allan McMillan, a poor schmuck whose boring, black-and-white desk job causes his imagination to wander. It’s not 100% clear whether these two tales are concurrent or if McMillen’s “real life” woes are a precursor to the creation of the 9 to 5 Warriors universe. Some captions would have been nice to specify when and where each story was taking place, along with introducing the Warriors during the intro, but overall it’s a minor misstep. As a first issue, 9 to 5 Warriors clocks in with a strong start!
Plenty of comics, movies and TV shows speculate on the downfall of man at the hands of their own, robotic creations. Not that many focus on the aftermath of what happens once the robots win and we’re gone. D4VE, a new series by Ryan Ferrier and Valentine Ramon, takes that torch and use it to bash some humanity into our perception of the cold, robot consciousness. Don’t get me wrong, in the world of D4VE robots have already slaughtered humanity—and every other living creature in the entire galaxy—but instead of becoming more efficient the robots become more human. Now they watch porn, they get married, they work dead end jobs…
Which brings us to D4VE, former intergalactic ass-kicker reduced to a menial blue collar job with boss who hates his gears, a nagging wife and a “kid” he forgot he even ordered. All D4VE can do now is dream of better days when he was a “hero” to the robot race while getting drunk on cheap oil at the nearest “lube tunnel.” What he doesn’t know (yet) is that alien lifeforms still exist and they’ve come to Earth. For what? It’s not certain, but you can bet it won’t be for a playdate.
After the events in Rumble #2 (which I didn’t review) we were left with even more questions than answers. Who were those two demons? What’s up with those alligators and that corpse? Exploding cat? What’s our straw-faced “hero” after?
This issue finally explains some of the things as learn the origins of the seemingly immortal warrior Rathraq. Long before the time of man, ancient races of demons warred against one another—the mightiest of these beings named Rathraq. Rathraq was ultimately charged as being the arbiter between the two main forces, but was betrayed—his spirit imprisoned and forgotten for thousands of years until he was finally resurrected… as a scarecrow. Yeah, his life sucks.
Fast forward to the present and these “demons” live amongst us. Whether they pose a threat to use remains to be unseen, nor does it matter to Rathraq who simply seeks revenge against all those who tricked him, preferably with their heads lopped off by the end of his sword. So far this series has been amazing, albeit a little confusing, and I can’t wait to see where John Arcudi and James Harren take it next.