Issue by Issue – Robocop (2014) #4

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

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. Robocop being Robocop though, 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 and while getting to him might be a challenge, it is one that Robocop is going to succeed at. Joshua Williamson and Carlos Magno deliver another solid punch to the gut with a widescreen epic that continues to deliver on all fronts. 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 continues to deepen with 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 which is far easier said than done. The book leaves off on a cliff-hanger, of course, one that could have devastating repercussions for the hero, not to mention leaving Lewis in a fairly terrible position. It has been said before, but Magno’s pencils are magnificent to look at with their incredible detail both in general and more specifically when it comes to the likenesses of the characters. His Planet of the Apes books are good, but he really knocked 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 on each and every page. Simply put, Robocop is a really fun book that makes one look forward to every issue.

4 out of 5

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