Issue by Issue – Robocop (2014) #1

Writer – Joshua Williamson
Artist – Carlos Magno
Colours – Marissa Louise
Letters – Ed Dukeshire

First issues are nothing new as they are used to boost sales while also signalling the beginning of a new title or story or what have one. Robocop is a property that has had a number of books to its name over the years but this series is probably the one that rings true more than many of the others. Having proven himself on books like Ghosted, Captain Midnight and Nailbiter, it was no question that this book was a must-buy when it first came out and Joshua Williamson packs this book full of authenticity and it, more than any others, captures the feel of that first motion picture from 1987 that enraptured audiences everywhere. Adding to the great script and dialogue from writer Williamson is Carlos Magno who illustrates the book with amazing detail and also manages to grab one’s attention with how spot-on the characters look to their movie likenesses. The story was both fun and enjoyable which follows Robocop throughout his day and presents Detroit with the introduction of a controversial new gun law which would see the city and OCP disarming the cops, meaning both Lewis and Robocop. This can only lead to bad things as Officer Lewis is quick to chime in and it is a perfect tool that Williamson brings in to keep things tense and suspenseful. Readers also get to meet the new big bad that our robotic hero will be facing through the line and so far, and if this issue is anything to go by, it looks to be like this series will be action-packed and full of drama, not to mention it is not shy about showing a little blood and gore to really make certain scenes pop. The book also had the strange, but good effect of making one want to see the movie again. For a first issue, it hits all the right buttons in the most perfect of ways and is definitely a title that deserves a shot if one is looking for something new to try.

4.5 out of 5

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