Petrol Head #1 Advance Review: Real Steel Meets Mad Max

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A post-apocalyptic racing robot teams up with a small girl in Petrol Head #1, a new Fast & The Furious meets Real Steel meets Mad Max title from writer Rob Williams and artist Rya Parr.

We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!

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Petrol Head #1 Review:

In the future, robots race cars… Until they don’t. Years after one of them is retired, a scientist and his daughter may hold the key to saving the world. But only if they can get out of the city, first. Enter: Petrol Head.

As stated in the intro, host Alex Zalben kicked things off by saying this book is, “Fast & The Furious meets Real Steel meets Mad Max, and I had an absolute blast reading this book.”

Pete LePage agreed, saying “I really love this comic.” In particular, he was impressed by Parr’s construction of the world, which is “part junkyard, and everything’s gone bad… This is definitely at the top of my pull list.”

Justin Tyler compared the main, title character to Bender from Futurama, in that they’re both cigar-chomping, cranky robots. And after LePage took exception to that characterization for some reason, Zalben finished up the spoiler-free review by stating, “I’m really looking forward to this. This seems like a high-octane action book that I can’t wait to read more of.”

Petrol Head #1 hits comic book stores on November 8, 2023, from Image Comics.

Petrol Head #1 Official Synopsis:

JUMP STRAIGHT INTO THE NON-HUMAN RACE WITH 42 ROBO-GORGEOUS LAUNCH-ISSUE STORY PAGES! In a climate crisis-ravaged future metropolis, an old, grumpy, obsolete, smoke-belching, cigar-chomping, HOTROD-RACING ROBOT is one 12-year-old girl’s only hope. Together, can they outrace the chasing Robo-Cops with an invention that might just save humanity?

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