GHERU had the pick for new comics shipping January 27th and he selected Robocop #1 by Rob Williams and Fabiano Neves.
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Robocop: Part man. Part machine. All cop. The future of licensed comic books? Let's hope not.
Review by Kerny
Everything you need to know about this book can be summed up in this exchange:
"There's still just one cop car and the lone lawbitch" BRRRRRRRAPPPP "Two Lawbitches, actually."
Review by Chubbles
I'll be honest, this was a pretty awful comic. It did have the nostalgia factor working for it and this very much felt like I was watching an old school movie but damn, this does not hold up well over time. The art was ok, nothing special but decent enough to not detract from the book. The dialogue was about as cheesy as it gets with the whole lawbitches thing as mentioned before. It was both the worst piece of dialogue ever and the best at the same time. It achieved the status of being so bad it was genius. Overall, this was a pretty bad comic, not as bad as Image United but certainly in the same ballpark.
Review by amlah6
I was 12 when Robocop was released. Between the violence, the edgy humor and the sex it was pretty much the greatest thing I had ever seen this side of Star Wars. For it's time it was a great movie and I certainly wore out my VHS copy, but that was a long time ago and with the crappy sequels I eventually lost interest. I do still have a bit of nostalgia for that first movie though. If nothing else this comic got me to add the movie to my Netflix queue.
Dynamite's licensed books can be a bit of a risky proposition. Some of them are great (Lone Ranger) but some of them are crap too (Battlestar Galactica), this is just the first issue but it's looks like Robocop is going to fall firmly in the latter category. It's hard to make that jarring type of violence work in a comic and as a result the car chase in this book is just a car chase. Nothing suspenseful, nothing to make itself stand out from a million other car chases you've seen in comics. The starting point of the series is pretty basic and uninspiring, but they did at least make the right choice in setting it after the first movie thus avoiding events from the film's lesser sequels. The OCP Food Recycler bit was the only time the comic ever felt like it matched the tone of the film, but 4 panels can't make up for the other 20 pages.
The art is just your basic bland Dynamite licensed comic house style art. It's not bad and the basic structure of it is okay, but like the rest of the comic there's nothing much about it that's memorable.
Review by GHERU
so, when I looked at the list of available books this week, most were either in the middle of a story line, Siege / Black Lantern related, or uninteresting / pretentious crap - then I saw Robocop #1, and I knew what I had to do.
This book was exactly what I expected, but with worse art. Every time I pick up a Robocop comic it takes place after the first movie (it seems that no one likes 2 or 3 [or even the tv show]) and its about the evil OmniCorp doing something shitty to the cops. Not only is that always the plot, but its always the plot of #1 and I never get to #2 cause it’s so boring.
The one positive I will give to Robocop comics is that I always have fun with the art...usually.
Story - 3
Art - 5
Review by thefourthman
Pedestrian, cliché and wooden.
"Robocop is one of those fond memories of my youth. While it doesn’t hold up all that well (the special effects are woefully outdated, the acting pretty dreadful, and it’s all a little Brazil-lite by way of Terminator), it certainly is a lot easier to watch than Mike Hodges’s Flash Gordon.
The film was all concept and action. With swift and clever news breaks and ads, it was like watching The Dark Knight Returns in action. Weller’s wooden acting made sense with the rigid moves of the robotic police officer watching over a dystopian nightmare.
The comic presented here is set right after the first movie. I guess we have Robocop 1.5 here. I’m not real sure how it fits into the second movie. Maybe Dynamite has decided to ignore the rest of the franchise or maybe I just remember it wrong. I got a box set upstairs, maybe that is what I can do while snowed in from Snowstorm 2010.
It all smacks of cliché. Which is a shame, because the charm of Robocop was that it overcame its kitsch and familiarity to become something of a cultural icon. It was grim dirty and dangerous. Everything here feels recycled. Even the news blurbs seem to just be taken out of today’s headlines instead of sensationalized like the Enquirer just became the pinnacle of hard hitting journalism. The only shocking thing is an African American Nazi, which just seems wrong, but whatever. In the end, all the players and pieces are in place, I’m just not sure I care.
Comics are a nostalgia business. There is no doubt about it. Comics like this are evidence presented to the court of the outside world. All this book really has going for it is the fond memories of its readers and, unfortunately, this will not help foster warm memories. Maybe I should hunt down the Frank Miller Avatar stuff. Didn’t Juan Jose Ryp illustrate that book? Given its publication period, I bet it is manic and gory; that’s the way I prefer to remember Robocop."
To read thefourthman's full review, go here: http://brokenfrontier.com/reviews/p/detail/robocop-1
Review by 48THRiLLS
I wasn't expecting this to be any good but I was hoping it would be one of those so bad it is good things and it held up to that a little. I mean for the most part this was unreadable but there were a few things that made me laugh like the food recycler WTF! My main problem with this comic was too much talking and not enough RoboCop killing, I don't care about the Police Dept being taken over or people going hungry I want bitches being blasted by motherfucking RoboCop. This needed more bad ass corny lines and more bad guys being chumped.
Since Punchy is skipping this week I will do his best line for him...
'Fuck the economy, lets eat.'
STORY - 3
ART - 3
Review by starlord
I read this twice and looking back over it I can honestly say I don't have a clue with what I read, nor do I really care. I guess if you like Robocop in some way you could make an argument for this book. I felt nuthin for it. Nuthin. Sorry.
Story - 2
Art - 2
My Score - 2
Review by guitarsmashley
that was awful. The best part of the comic was the cover.
That gives Robocop #1 a group score of 3.59. It didn't quite out-suck Image United (in terms of group score at least), but to be fair a lot of people skipped the week rather than suffering through it which says something in of itself.
For a little talk about Robocop cannon and how everything but the first movie sucked, join us in this week's thread (http://www.theouthousers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=36182) found in the News Stand forum where you are also invited to post your own review.
Next week the Review Group turns 4!!! Look for the Week 208 celebration thread after it becomes available Wednesday morning to join in on the fun where we will be having a FREE4ALL! Anything and everything can be reviewed, it's the perfect chance to jump in and participate for new and old members alike.