With the re-releases of Frank Miller’s classic Robocop graphic novels from Dark Horse and BOOM! Studios and *sigh* a mini-series spin-off from the remake, Robocop is having a bit of a renaissance. For fans of the original film series, Robocop #1 from BOOM! comics is a leap in the right direction.
I was cautious to get sucked into another new series, but, after hearing multiple positive reviews, decided to give this a shot.
From acclaimed writer Joshua Williamson (Nailbiter, Ghosted) and artist Carlos Magno (Green Lantern Corps, The Phantom), comes a brand new series that is off to a surprisingly good start. Keeping in tone with the first two Robocop films and classic mini-series like Miller’s Robocop: Last Stand, this on-going series is set a few months after the events of the original film and follows the day-to-day accounts of the characters living in the remnants of Old Detroit and the soon-to-be Delta City.
The heavy violence and dark, slick humor that director Paul Verhoeven brought to the screen is here, but this book’s creative team puts their own spin on it while staying faithful to the franchise. Magno’s artwork is gritty, brutal and reminiscent of many great works of 1980s. One of my favorite things about this book was the inclusion of not only Alex Murphy and his partner Anne Lewis, but a lot of the supporting characters from the film (Sarge and even geek-cop Cecil, are included here) after being mostly dumped from any of the other comic book incarnations.
While there is nothing overly though-provoking or deep in this first issue, there is already some set-up for future plot-lines regarding Murphy’s humanity and his moral standing. A new major villain mixed in with some of the same complications that Robo always faces are introduced as well. As a long-time fan, I hope to see this book really take charge and maintain a strong footing for this beloved franchise. I guess we’ll see what happens.
You can’t buy this for a dollar, but $3.99 isn’t too steep for a fairly lengthy issue. My biggest complaint is having to wait a month for each issue’s release.