Maybe there are times when our heroes should stay in the past.
Rose-colored glasses, we’ve all been accused of wearing them at one time or another. I have a feeling everyone involved in this book was wearing them during the project. Don’t misunderstand it’s not a “bad” book. If you are a fan of the original film or the Avatar comics you’ll feel right at home, maybe. To this reviewer it kind of felt like I ran into someone from my past who tried to continue a conversation from 20 years ago. I didn’t feel at home as much as vaguely confused and uncomfortable. I like Robocop, I guess I just need to be re-introduced.
Both the writing and the art harken back to a classic or retro look that I a longtime comic reader do not really remember being the prevailing look or feel of a comic. I get where they wanted to go, the movie’s retro-future camp is what makes it a great film (I’d Buy That For A Dollar! is still stuck in my head). But this issue didn’t have that, it just has Robo running around killing bad guys, without much rhyme or reason. The plot starts to come together toward the end but it just wasn’t enough for me.
Robocop gets a 3 out of 5, and part of that score is for nostalgia alone. Of course your mileage may vary, let me know what you think and if you plan on picking it up.
ROBOCOP: THE LAST STAND #1(A)
Written by Frank Miller, Steven Grant
Art by Declan Shalvey, Korkut Öztekin
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $4.99
FRANK MILLER’S VISION FOR ROBOCOP’S FINAL CHAPTER REVEALED!
Frank Miller’s incredible screenplay has been brought to life in this hard-hitting Steven Grant (2 GUNS, PUNISHER: CIRCLE OF BLOOD) penned adaptation. With all the brains, guts, and bullets that made the first film an instant classic, this is a comic event not to miss.
The police force has disbanded. The people of Detroit have been evicted from their homes. ED-209’s and OCP officers run the streets. With OCP’s vision for Delta City well underway, Robocop may be his city’s last hope. This is Robocop’s last stand, as it was always intended to be.