Mind Capsules – Robocop #4 and Legendary Star-Lord #4

Robocop #4
Robocop #4

Writer – Joshua Williamson
Artist – Carlos Magno
Colours – Marissa Louise

There might be a riot in the streets, but Robocop and Lewis have only one thing in mind, which is trying to get out of the situation they are in and to stop the guns from returning to the people.  But Robocop being Robocop, he finally gets the better of the bad guys and gives it back to them with a note of finality.  Now all that is left is Killian.  Williamson and Magno deliver another solid punch to the gut with a widescreen epic from the big screen, though of course, on paper.  There is some great characterization between Lewis and Robocop, a touching moment between the two which shows why they make such great partners.  Moments like this also prove that the man inside of the robotic shell is still alive and well and Williamson does a great job of bringing that to the forefront.  The mystery of Killian deepens this issue as well with his ties to OCP and the Mayor not yet apparent and Lewis vowing to find a way to bring him down.  The book leaves off on a cliff-hanger that could have devastating repercussions for our hero, not to mention leaving Lewis in a fairly terrible position.  It has been said before, but Carlos Magno’s pencils are magnificent to look at.  His Planet of the Apes books were good, but he has been really knocking it out of the park on Robocop.  Williamson of course is still on the money for sharp and smart dialogue and deserves a pat on the back for keeping the feel of the movie present in each and every page.  Simply put, Robocop is a really fun book.

4 out of 5

Legendary Star-Lord #4
Legendary Star-Lord #4

Writer – Sam Humphries
Artist – Freddie Williams II
Colours – David Curiel

Heading home to Earth one day, Star-Lord decides to have a chat with Thanos.  Maybe chat is too strong a word.  Perhaps knock-down, drag-out fight would be more suitable.  This issue continues from the last, but also spins out of Bendis’ ongoing Guardians of the Galaxy title which is currently in the stage of chronicling what went on in the Cancerverse.  Whatever deal it is that Star-Lord and Thanos made has not been revealed as of yet, but that does not stop our hero from trying to take out the Mad Titan.  Sam Humphries does a great job of showing our hero go all serious for the issue, at least for the most part.  Even during the midst of battle, Peter manages to get out at least one quip.  There is even a little movement on the girlfriend front with Kitty Pryde making another appearance in the book, though she is not around for long.  One little problem with this book is trying to fit it into all of the ongoing plot threads within the Marvel Universe.  If Thanos is up on the moon and flying around space, then how is he currently destroying planets with The Cabal?  And while the book has been an entertaining read, a little more substance would be appreciated.  A wise-cracking hero going here and there and doing whatever is fine, but we already have that in Spider-Man, Nova, as well as a little in Daredevil, Hawkeye and Iron Man.  Yes, some more than others and to varying degrees, but it would be great to see something done with our hero that we do not see in other books.  This is still a good title, and Humphries is a fantastic writer, so hopefully he gives our hero a little something to do instead of just getting into trouble.

4 out of 5

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