The title on the cover is “Robocop,” but Robocop has two words of dialog and twelve panel appearances in this issue that features a rogue ED-309 on a rampage from Detroit. The OCP robot then sets its sights on the nearest foreign soil: Canada. Robocop joins forces already in pursuit of the raging machine.
The unfortunate thing about robots is that to convey their mechanical existence, the robots need to be portrayed as more stiff and harsh than their surroundings. In the case of a robot in a comic, once the rigidity is locked down, the sense of motion in the robot is then forfeit. Such is the unfortunate case with much of this comic where the action revolves around the ED-309. So much of the “action” is posed that Dezarate might have been better off photo-tracing the rest of the issue to keep it all in the same realm. Dezarate does a good job with the storytelling set-up and the process of such, but he’s so dedicated to the accuracy of the licensed product that the story is stiff.
Rob Williams does a good job of matching the pitch and tone of the franchise, albeit on a much smaller scale than the feature films. The uneasy silence around Robocop comes through in the silent panels between Officer Murphy and his comrades. The dialog is typical for this type of story nowadays, but the liberal use of f-bombs throughout the story doesn’t do much to advance the story, but it certainly does establish a story that Tony Dungy would avoid.
What should be a fairly simple story is decompressed to fill the issue and to display what a badass Ms. Odenkirk can be as she makes decisions that shape the future of the Detroit area, sacrificing innocent lives without a thought. A true businesswoman on every note, Odenkirk finds a way to not only vex Officer Murphy, but to turn a buck in the process. The end result of this issue is a powerful lesson in capitalism, “I’d buy that for a dollar!” Unfortunately, this issue is priced a little higher than that.