Review: Robocop #11

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Publisher: BOOM! Studios

Writers: Joshua Williamson & Dennis Culver

Artist: Amancay Nahuelpan

Colours: Marissa Louise

Letters: Ed Dukeshire

Cover: Carlos Magno

All hell breaks loose as Killian moves forward with the final stages his plan to reduce Detroit to anarchy in Robocop #11

Continuing on from where the last issue left off the police find themselves in the midst of an all out war with the criminals of Detroit, criminals that are meant to distract them while Killian makes his move. This time around there is a greater focus on the action as the police and Robocop try to fight their way through the hoards. Despite there being a large abundance of action sequences in this issue it doesn’t skimp at all on the story with a lot going on however with it all moving so fast it makes it easy to get swept up in all the action – action that does have a real sense of danger. With the criminals having greater numbers and fire power compared to the police there is a clear threat throughout the battle, a threat that isn’t shy of making itself known, which helps add to the darker aspects that you expect from Robocop. While the actions scenes are great on the surface they do feel somewhat out-of-place within the world of Robocop and would fit more into something like a superhero comic or a Japanese anime – when a world is built on gritty realism like Robocop’s its hard to take it serious when we have scenes of the police standing back to back in crowds gunning down crowds of endless, faceless enemies. Over the top action scenes aside this story also takes a break from some of its deeper moments too, instead were left with lots of action and incompetent members of bureaucracy.

The art also seems to have taken a hit from previous issues. That is not to say that the art is bad, just ill-fitting. Character designs are good, keeping with the rest of the series, and the action is all well-defined, you never find yourself confused as to what is going on at any point. It is the background that have suffered this time around in that for many of the panels there is no background, just bold colours and action lines that, again, make this feel some one reminiscent of anime action scenes and feel very misaligned with the series. Robocop is meant to be dark and gritty but that doesn’t come across from the art outside of the abundance of gore. What we have is a bright and colourful piece with bold colours that have Robocop come across as some sort of superhero, which arguably he is, however none of the previous issues have tried to portray him this way.

Robocop #11 isn’t without its problems that’s for sure, with over done actions scenes and perhaps the wrong choice of artist have brought it down, it has gone from what could be a great chapter of the story to a good chapter. It’s still an exciting read and keeps you on the edge of your seat and its fast pace makes it a nice easy read. It is still a good addition to a series I highly recommend.