FOR MATURE READERS
As Killian’s gang runs rampant through the streets of Detroit, it’s up to Murphy to be a one man, er, robot, peacekeeper. Maybe peacekeeper is stretching it, as there’s very little in this book that isn’t geared toward ultra-violent action; and in this case, that’s definitely a good thing.
BOOM! Studios is creating quite a name for itself by re-imagining licensed properties from the past, usually sci-fi, for a new generation. Robocop follows that trend, except that instead of re-imagining, it’s really more of an expansion of the cyborg’s adventures. Lewis, Nash and even the ED-series robots have made appearances in previous issues.
Few read Robocop for its engaging storytelling, even if the original franchise did accurately allude to the rise of multinational corporations and the effects their apolitical structure could have on people’s rights. Nah, most of us just like the idea of a humanoid robot kicking the asses of degenerate scumbags and this book has plenty of that to go around.
The creative team has really captured the essence of those 80s and early 90s films spectacularly. And like those films, Robocop is full of zingy one-liners, but not much else in the way of dialogue. Everything is more or less over the top, from Lewis easily persuading a lab tech to give her access to OCP surveillance footage or the Detroit PD amping themselves up to finally go after Killian on his turf, the plot points are predictable. Nothing ever happens that isn’t expected but that’s fine; this is Robocop we’re talking about.
This book is fulfilling for those who remember watching that first film on VHS and being totally amazed by the brutality of that fictional future. Even though this is the seventh issue in the reboot, it’s a good point to pick up the story and sets up what is sure to be a bloody and gruesome next issue.