Issue by Issue – Robocop (2014) #5

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

Due to the efforts of Killian, Robocop now finds himself patrolling the streets without a weapon and to say that things are a bit harder because of it is an understatement. This all comes to be proven as he must face down an ED-209 with just a nightstick, a prospect that would find any other person on the losing end. Officer Lewis, who has been newly promoted to detective, is now driving a desk and is also not having a good time with her predicament, never expecting herself to be in this position. Both Lewis and Robocop want to take Killian down and being as hampered as they are; making that goal a reality is going to be tougher than they thought, perhaps impossible and thinking about it is not helping in the slightest. Joshua Williamson continues to pull the strings tighter around the two protagonists, building the tension inside of them until it is almost boiling over and for the moment, there is nothing that they can do about it. Both Lewis and Robocop have strong, proactive personalities and for them not to be able to do their job the way they think it should be done is driving them crazy. Meanwhile, Williamson also keeps upping the criminal element in the book, so whenever the reins on our heroes are unleashed, they are going to have more than they will be able to handle, perhaps so much so that the chance of success is dwindling with every passing day. Carlos Magno and Marissa Louise continue to do a great job on the artistic front, the work being very detailed and gritty and a perfect fit for a Detroit that is crumbling to the ground after years of abuse. If one ever wanted to see or read more adventures about the armoured hero, this book is as close as one is ever going to get to the big screen and the creators of this tale make it as fun as they possibly can.

4 out of 5

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