With the advent of Amazon Echo and Siri, it’s only a matter of time before SkyNet becomes a reality and robots take over the world. Until that point, we can have fun reading comics about how machines may interact with us differently in the not-too-distant future. Such is the case with Volition, an upcoming series from AfterShock Comics, set in a world where advances in artificial intelligence has led to the creation of a race of subservient robots.
Volition, written by Ryan Parrott and illustrated by Omar Francia, centers on two unlikely robotic heroes. An obsolete construction worked called HALE-19 and a dedicated caregiver, AMBER-7T may be the only salvation for robotkind when a debilitating virus called “Rust” threatens to eliminate all artificial life. The duo must embark on a perilous journey to find a cure that could potentially change the balance of power on Earth forever.
When asked about the story of Volition and why he’s excited for readers to check it out, writer Ryan Parrott said:
Volition is basically a science-fiction fable. It’s set in a future where robots have become self-aware but, instead trying to subjugate or destroy mankind, they basically just assimilated into society — living normal everyday lives right beside us. However, their biggest problem is that technology isn’t slowing down… so some robots go to extreme, even illegal, lengths to stay top-of-the-line and that leads to the creation of a consciousness destroying virus called “Rust”. So our story is about two down on their luck robots who meet in a decommission facility and basically go on a journey to find their creator and see if they can help save robot kind from annihilation — but, you know, in a Lethal Weapon roadtrip kinda way.
I’m excited for people to read this because it’s a story about Hope. Today, it seems like the future is so scary and bleak, it’s easy to feel like you can’t change things or make a difference. But this story is about taking charge of your future and making it what you want it to be. And the best part is I think Omar Francia’s amazing vision of that future is perfection. Every panel is a cover with so much incredible detail. It’s a world I hope people want to live in and experience month to month.
Although the comic is just starting in August, Parrott already has wishes for additional opportunities. When asked who he’d like to star in a film version of Volition, he said:
Well, since so much of this series is about robots — ideally, I’d like Andy Serkis and Toby Kebbell to bring it to life through motion capture the same way they did in the Planet of the Apes trilogy. And if it was possible, Helen Mirren and Dame Judy Dench playing the bad ass “Cagey and Lacy” detective duo of Drivas and Lawton. I mean who wouldn’t want to see that? But seriously, it’s such a huge world we’re trying to create — to be able to see it in real life would almost be too much for me.
After his work on Go Go Power Rangers, I’m down to read anything Ryan Parrott writes. He has a real talent for character development and dramatic storytelling, so I am very curious how he’ll apply that to a comic centered on robots.
Volition #1 is set for release on August 15th, 2018.