Review: Robocop #008

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Publisher: BOOM! Studios

Writer: Joshua Williamson

Illustrator: Carlos Magno

Colourist: Marissa Louise

Letters: Ed Dukeshire

Cover: Goni Montes

Robocop #008 once again, launches us into the middle of a war zone straight off the bat, with the arms dealer and ‘son of a gun’ Killian’s forces backed into a corner by Detroit’s finest and it’s cyborg defender.

The Robocop series continues it’s wonderful streak of violent action paired with the unravelling of Detroit’s latest conspiracy.
With Killian’s forces being overpowered by Robocop and the Detroit police force, it seems that even with a squadron of upgraded ED 209’s, they stand no chance against Murphy with his new speed and strength.
While Killian continues to worm his way into the hearts of the citizens of Detroit using his gleaming public persona, Lewis plots to expose his murderous intentions in order to win back the confidence of the citizens.

Joshua Williamson begins to weave all of the threads together as this arc comes to a head, gradually escalating both the violence and the fruits of Detective Lewis’ investigation throughout the last few issues.
With the city of Detroit descending into a full blown war zone, the central characters have been forced to either evolve to deal with this chaos or be swallowed up by it.
At the risk of repeating myself from past Robocop reviews, it’s so refreshing to see the natural progression of Murphy and Lewis’ characters and to finally see Robocop himself with speed to match his incredible strength especially confronting a group of upgraded ED-209’s.
Williamson knows what we as readers want to see in a Robocop title and incorporates these elements into the story while maintaining an well written plot with a gritty and grounded atmosphere.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this series is in good hands.

Carlos Magno once again delivers the exceptional standard associated with this latest run of the Robocop series.
Depicting Detroit as crime central and making it believable through subtle touches, such as the run down locations, buildings showing signs of decay which suggests the city itself is crumbling under the strain and weight of it’s criminal activity.
Magno has clearly taken some enjoyment out of depicting Robocop himself now that the character’s speed and agility has been dramatically boosted, previously only having the steel clad cop posed in very ridged stances. Since the upgrades, Magno has illustrated Murphy in a manner we as readers have never seen before, fluid in his movements, swift and not dependent on his firearm instead opting for unarmed combat.
While this departure from the usual ‘walking tank’ type of intimidation the character has always had, Magno manages to somehow keep, for lack of better wording, the weight and presence of Robocop while incorporating this new edge given to him.

While I often rant about this series, I honestly cannot get enough of it. BOOM! Studios Robocop is one to pick up if you were a fan of the original series of movies, while being delighted at how faithful it is to the iconic characters, you will appreciate how the series progresses them in a way that seems natural and this evolution ensures you won’t grow tired of an inability to depart from the status quo, which some series can be guilty of.

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