"RoboCop: Citizens Arrest #3" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by BOOM! Studios
Written by Brian Wood
Illustrated by Jorge Coelho
Colored by Doug Garbark
Lettered by Ed Dukeshire
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on June 13th, 2018
RoboCop has turned against OCP in an attempt to stop the corrupt company from steamrolling the poor residents of the Ruins to build new luxury apartments for the wealthy. The media is turning against him. Cheers turn to ridicule as this hero is suddenly acting against the interests of the rich. A small group of people are working with RoboCop to fight back these forces, but will it be enough to stop OCP in its tracks?
The corruption in RoboCop: Citizens Arrest is frightening, not just because of how the head of OCP looks down on the people in the Ruins, but in how close to reality it is. If this popped up in the headlines tomorrow, I would believe it completely. That's the real scary part of this book. It could not come at a more perfect time.
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The comic is interspersed with small sequences from right-wing newscasters condemning RoboCop's actions. This is very reminiscent of the media commentary seen in The Dark Knight Returns. It's just as chilling as these people have disassociated themselves from compassion for those suffering. They're fueled by greed and arrogance. Writer Brian Wood fills these scenes with terrifying dialogue that hits way too close to home. This is 100% believable and that's what makes this so scary.
It's not all biting political commentary. There's also some awesome scenes of RoboCop beating the crap out of OCP robots. There are a few pages with limited dialogue as Alex Murphy shoots his way through a horde of these things in the most metal way possible. Artist Jorge Coelho depicts some of the best cyborg on robot violence I've ever seen.
My favorite pieces come with the opening sequence. It's such a simple setup too, like it's from a cartoon. RoboCop taps a robot on its shoulder. It turns around to see his gun pointed right between its eyes. A loud “BLAM!” is shown and that mechanical head is obliterated. The firefight only intensifies from there.
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Since this series is made decades after the original RoboCop movies, there are some advancements in technology that are brought into the fray. The enemies are more than just robots. There are deadly drones shooting arrays of needles like a swarm of locusts. It's pretty creepy stuff.
Colorist Doug Garbark makes these scenes look like the air itself is on fire with some bright oranges and reds. That's fitting, as the buildings nearby are being burned down, so RoboCop is in the midst of this wreaking havoc.
RoboCop: Citizens Arrest is a thrilling comic where the little guy stands up to a big corporation. More importantly, it's an unsettling and all-too-possible future. Reading this after the events of the past couple of years raises the terror levels considerably. I just hope the government isn't looking at this as a blueprint.